How would you define your style?
 
We could say the style of my illustration is quite minimalist in the sense I avoid overwhelming my viewers, so that they are able to keep an open mind towards my images. As a matter of fact, I hate suffocating, and rather choose to give room enough for interpretation.
 
Faces fade away and the background at times disappears, such as that of an overexposed photograph.
 
I also enjoy using a small range of colors to structure the building up of my work. The combination of being both minimalist in my drawings, and using so few colors, gives way to poetry through my images.
 
I am very sensitive to the illustrations of Margaret Kilgallen, Blexbolex, Eyvind Earle, John McNaught; and to the photographs of Shoji Ueda and Roger Eberhard.
Tell us about the creative process.
I Like to paint with Gouache, but I work most of the time on the computer using Photoshop. I'd like to start learning screen process printing. It would adapt very well to my work.
Describing your illustration work as "overexposed photographs," is a great way to put it. The minimalism that is portrayed in your illustration work definitely caught our attention.  Your approach to using a small range of colors in creating your work is an approach that we really appreciate. Could you tell us a little bit more about your thoughts on this?
Revealing this style actually took me quite a long time. One day I bought some Posca brushes - a tool that is impossible to mix colors with, and I began to compose images with the primary colors. Trying to compose a scene with so few colors was kind of a playful approach. I kept on working in that direction.
 
 
 
 
 
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Issue 9: Illustrator Tom Haugomat
Tom Haugomat was born in Paris in 1985. He quickly became interested in drawing and in its narrative potential. After one year of studying the history of art and archaeology, he began his artistic path. It is at the school of Gobelins that he realized a passion for image in movement. There he met Bruno Mangyoku, a talented cartoonist with whom the conception of the short film Jean-François (Arte, on 2009) was made. He hopes to continue to develop a career in illustration and direct cartoon movies by mixing techniques.
 
Q&A with Tom Haugomat
    — The Illustration work of Tom Haugomat, June 2012
Vhcle Magazine Issue 9, Design
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What's the inspiration behind the subject matters? Are they Illustrations of real life situations, or are they more conceptual?
 
My personal work often comes up from memories and I try to give a true and faithful restitution. This, mixed with the influence of books or parts of books that drew my attention, requires more time than it needs for telling it. But this time is necessary, for it has to mature in my brain and give birth to something between what I felt and what I feel now. 
A question we like to ask: what is you favorite drink?
 
It's the Ti'Punch - a cocktail with rum, lime and sugarcane syrup!


 
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