Thilo Krapp was born in 1975 and raised in Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia. From an early age on, he showed a strong interest in drawing ducks, and let them take part in the invention of the telephone, set out for the Wild West in steam locomotives, and witness the sinking of RMS Titanic. Ghostly, abandoned mansions fascinated him ever since childhood, as did the architecture of the 19th century. After school, he made his civilian service in an Aids federation, and visited New York with a friend before his desgin studies at the University of Wuppertal, which deeply impressed him. He graduated in illustration in 2004, and has since illustrated many books and comics.

Working techniques

He works both digital and traditional, though most of his illustrations are completely done at the computer (using a Wacom tablet and Adobe Creative Suite). If digital and traditional combine, it is done harmonically - for example, he often uses a paper texture as a decent ‘backdrop‘ for his works. Only if it serves the artistic purpose the contrast is a little more stressed: Then, the drawings combine with scanned-in material of old dictioniaries and cook books, as a delicate extra. He mostly works with distinctive outlines, and is a keen watercolorist.


His style is maybe best described as "classic", but in it, modern elements combine with a retro-look in its own way. Thilo Krapp likes to put the heir of art and design history in a dialogue with a contemporary way of drawing. That‘s what makes his work so special: it seems familiar and modern at the same time.

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