Spotlight Artist: Thodoris Tibilis
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How many years have you been a freelance illustrator?
I have been a freelance illustrator for 21 years. Before that, I was an amateur artist. I started right after my birth by chewing markers – I consider this to be my first artistic act.

What can your work be applied to commercially?
The majority of my assignments are for advertising purposes, mostly cartoon character and mascot design for children’s products as this is what I specialise in. However, as I work in different styles, I am also able to illustrate for picture books, magazines, websites, web apps and almost anywhere that illustrations can be applied.

Over the last 5 years I have also created my own personal stock gallery on my website where I have my illustrations available as royalty-free artwork and from there I guess that they have been used for almost every commercial usage too.

Where would you most like to see your illustrations being used?
I really love creating character and mascot designs for child-related usage in general. That said, I get excited each time I see my cartoon characters applied to packaging and toys. I would be really happy if I was hired for toy merchandising or movie character development.

What inspires you?
Beauty and harmony. Most of all, nature itself. It might not be a straightforward concept, but I always get inspired this way. For example, looking at those tiny veins inside leaves, or the way that waves come in and then disappear on the beach, the structure of branches stretching out of the tree trunk, and almost anywhere there is something natural to make me curious enough to stare at it. Over the years, I’ve appreciated the instant inspiration that comes to me in this way and I really welcome it. However, thankfully, I do not need this kind of inspiration to start illustrating. Instead, every morning I just get up, go in to my office, turn on the music, make a coffee and I am full of inspiration

Apart from illustration, what other skills do you have?
I am a self-taught illustrator, guitarist and cook. One of my big loves is to keep learning by myself using books, video tutorials or sites related to what I want to learn. In this way I have learnt to create webpages by studying HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery, PHP and MySQL. I am also learning a programming language called Python, as well as 3D sculpture and animation in Maxon Cinema 4D and 2D animation using Adobe Flash.

What’s your favourite sandwich filling?
My favourites sandwiches are full of herbs and spices. I am happy that I have the opportunity to reveal my secrets on an illustrators’ site! I suggest that you use lots of spices and herbs in your sandwich. It doesn’t matter if you simply fill it with cheese and tomato… just add oregano, thyme, sweet paprika, black pepper, spring onion and tarragon and let me know if you like it

Thodoris Tibilis
Athens, Greece
Tel: (0030) 210 8062369

Thodoris Tibilis is a many times awarded freelancer illustrator. He works worldwide mostly for ad agencies including McCann, JWT, BBDO, DDB, Saatchi&Saatchi, Ogilvy & mathe… Show more.

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Profile updated 4th February, 2019
Member since 2nd February, 2010
1 ASTRID award, 3 ERMIS awards, 4 EVGE awards
The Coca Cola company, Procter & Gamble, Fiat, Unilever, Heinz, WRC, Algida, Carrefour, New York Lottery and many others.