My name is Sjors Tomlow. I’m a Dutch based illustrator who graduated in illustration at the St. Joost Academy of Arts & Design in Breda. Before that I graduated in Graphic design and drew a whole lot of strange things throughout childhood. I have been working for three years as an illustrator/designer for a company that made educational games and learning tools. Currently I’m a freelancer.
I think my work is informed by childhood memories. The things I draw and think about often have to do with 80’s and 90’s pop culture, dreams, toys, retro videogames and some earlier anime. The “style” thing is probably rooted in these low-polygon graphics I saw in earlier 3-Dimensional computer games. It’s kind of cool that you can now see a generation of illustrators and other artists that grew up with videogames and the internet. You can see how different symbols and styles are important to them in comparison to older generations of artists.
I really love to get sucked into a drawing when I’m working on it or when I see someone else’s work. I try to treat it like a tiny little world on it’s own with some colourful characters inhabiting that particular space. That’s the same for me when watching a movie. You can sort of live inside of a film for 2 hours and meet some strange characters and when you see it again it’s like revisiting that world. That reminds me of watching The Neverending Story over and over again when I was a child. That movie has to be in my work also somewhere. Of course with videogames it is even stronger because you are literarily visiting a world with a character that you control. You can sort of make your own narrative and it can be totally different each time you revisit. I hope people will make their own narrative when they see an image by me. I hope it subconsciously connects somehow without me saying anything about it or without a clear narrative structure within the image.