Tom Krieger has been working for more than 18 years as a freelancer for national and international advertising agencies. His versatility and creativeness are reflected in his photo illustrations, which inhabit a photo-realistic world between illustration, photography, CGI and painting.
Tom is inspired to produce fantastic visualizations through exploration of constantly new combinations. In addition to his contract work, Tom develops projects independently and has exhibited the results internationally. His artistic power, technical expertise and attention to detail, coupled with many years of experience in business are applied afresh to meet every new challenge.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Tom: I was fascinated by the photorealism of the early 80´s and impressed by airbrush in combination with other techniques, my wish became clear. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Tom: I studied visual communication, where we learned some illustrative techniques but did not go into detail with them, therefore I trained with "learning by doing" for days, nights, weeks, months and practically years. This way I got a lot of experience and was able to optimize my own mixed techniques. Question: Where do you live? Tom: I live in a very rural area, close to Hamburg. Surrounded by fields and meadows, cows and horses. Question: Can you describe your studio for me? Tom: It´s functional, full of light and neat and tidy at most times. One wall is completely covered with books. Next to my desk there is my drum set and bass guitar. A sculpture by a friend and the sword from "The Lord of the Rings" decorate the wall. In a former farmhouse, I keep my photo studio to do my reference shootings and beside it there is another studio where I keep the work of my analog days. Question: What is your biggest inspiration? Tom: Usually I get good ideas or I think about the newest projects while I am jogging. I like jogging in the nature and whenever I have time I do hang gliding. Also I surf the internet quite a lot and watch the different sites to follow what is going on technically and creatively. Question: What technique do you use? Tom: Solely digital. After 10 years of paint brush and color, it´s been also already about 10 years since I switched to working digitally. I work with the latest MacPro, MacBook Pro, Wacom Intuos4 wireless, Intuos 3, Cintiq 12" und Cintiq 21", iPad, Photoshop CS5 and other programs. In the network with specialists in 3D they use Cinema 4D, 3ds Max, Zbrush and others. Question: Tell us about a favorite project you have recently completed. Tom: Being a photo-illustrator it was great fun to recently have done a complex project including the entire photographic workflow with casting, location scouting and shooting with assistance. With these photos I was able to gather the elements together to have an entirely new image. Also some elements were rendered by 3D specialists which lead to a very unique look based on the composition of photography, illustration and 3D. Apart from that, I really enjoy giving lectures and readings on photoi-llustration and photoshop on conventions, workshops and exhibitions and to hand on my knowledge this way. It´s a nice change to be on stage and receiving direct feedback. Question: What would be your dream job/Commission? Tom: I can´t think of anything in particular. It´s important to me that I can contribute my creativity and experience in every job. Especially the light and atmosphere are my main focus beside the realism. Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Tom: They used to be the well-known fantasy painters and illustrators. But nowadays I don´t have any specific heroes. But I am very impressed by the creative work I see in the internet from artists all over the world. Especially the combination of 3D, illustration and photography is something I really adore. Question: Do you keep a sketchbook? Tom: Yes, several and I like sketching on the iPad lately. Question: What are your hobbies? Tom: Sports, trips into nature, photography and music. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Tom: Photographer, musician or film maker. Question: Who would you like to meet? Tom: The person that I see in the mirror every morning. I would have some question for him... Question: What kind of music do you listen to? Tom: From film music to progressive rock to fusion. Question: What is the funniest thing you have ever done? Tom: Things I do to make my sons laugh. Question: If you won the lottery, would you still work as illustrator? Tom: I would then entirely work on my own projects and maybe change the location to enjoy a studio somewhere Mediterranean. Question: Do you collect anything? Tom: Inspirations... Question: Do you have a favorite game? Tom: My favorite game is to tickle and play-fight with my sons.
Zott, Meßmer, Jever, Haufe, sixx, Ricola, Procter&Gamble, Milford, Müller Molkerei, Coca Cola, RadebergerFavourites
: Wacom Intuos4, Photoshop, Wacom Cintiq
: das Netz!
: möglichst reichlich und heiss