Based in Hamburg, Tom strives for a tangible quality in his work. Alongside art he has always loved making things with his hands, which is reflected in his precise yet imaginative approach. When Tom left school his style was already fully developed, so instead of studying he became an assistant in another illustrator’s studio before launching his solo career in 1995, quickly becoming a leader in his field. One of his favourite artists is Masao Saito.
Tom has mastered a range of media, moving from brushes, airbrushes and acrylics to Adobe Photoshop and his Wacom tablet. He has a photo studio for shooting props, bringing everything together on screen to craft a perfectly crisp final image.
Creating the illusion of reality is what excites Tom and he deploys bright, primary colours, strong composition and lighting to generate a bright and optimistic atmosphere, often highlighting the fine detail in each piece.
Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Tom: I already drew and painted when I was a child. It is simply fascinating to be able to turn ideas into something visible for people. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Tom: Yes, I had an apprenticeship for 6 years with a well known illustrator in Hamburg, where I learned all the basics for my work as illustrator. Question: Where do you live? Tom: In a little town, south of Hamburg. Question: Can you describe your studio for me? Tom: I have a roomy and light working space in our attic with room for all that I need to illustrate. Question: How do you get the best ideas? Tom: While I work or just before I fall asleep. Question: What technique do you use? Tom: Using photography and digital programs with my Wacom board. If needed I also can still do analog, photorealistic illustrations with airbrush, paint brush and pencils. Question: Tell us about a favorite project you have recently completed. Tom: That was a science series for a magazine. "Germany in primeval times." I read and learned a lot. Question: What would be your dream job/Commission? Tom: Recreate the "Schwartau" marmalades. Question: Who are your illustration heroes? Tom: Nobody in particular. I like looking at other artists images because there are always informations included that help you improve your technique. Question: What are your hobbies? Tom: Making music and watching movies. Question: If you were not an illustrator, what would you be? Tom: Archaeologist, restorer or musician. Question: Who would you like to meet? Tom: Let them have their peace. Question: If you could travel back in time, where would you go to?Tom: Into the time of my parents childhood. Question: What kind of music do you listen to? Tom: Music that grooves, has a good melody and brain. Question: What is the funniest thing you have ever done? Tom: A two hour drum duet in the middle of the Teutoburger woods in a former stone pit. Question: If you won the lottery, would you still work as illustrator? Tom: Yes, between one holiday and the next. Question: Do you have a favorite game? Tom: Kinect-X-Box
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