Tom Schamp was born in Mortsel (Belgium) and grew up in Brussels. After graduating from Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design, he studied Graphic Arts in Poznan (Poland), where he got the opportunity to experiment with various new style elements. He gradually developed a style of his own, using acrylic paint on cardboard.

Tom's illustrations appeal to adults and children alike. His assignments come from an international mix of customers, including reknown children's books publishers (Albin Michel, Milan, Lannoo), magazines (Humo, Playboy), newspapers (De Morgen, De Standaard, NRC Handelsblad), and various ad agencies. He has designed posters, calendars, post cards, toys, annual reports, web sites, and postage stamps.

In 2005, Belgian publishing house Oogachtend published a 197-page retrospective book with a broad selection of illustrations Tom made during the first 13 years of his professional career. The book reveals some of the subtle style changes that characterize Tom's work throughout the early years. Click on the book's cover to view a gallery with sample pages from this book.

In November 2010, Belgian culture & arts channel Canvas (VRT) aired a 50-minute documentary - which was part of the channel's series "Vormgevers" - featuring Tom Schamp, his work, and the creative process Tom used for his book "Otto in de Sneeuw". Below is the full feature documentary and a short animated version of half of the book that was specially created for the occasion.

 

In December 2010, De Morgen Magazine featured an 8-page spread highlighting Tom's artistic journey throughout the years.
Click on the thumbnails below to view all four spreads. Click on the larger images to view each spread in more detail: