Thomas Warming

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Thomas Warming
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Born20 February 1969 (1969-02-20) (age 49)
Copenhagen, Zealand, Denmark
Occupation Writer, Painter, Illustrator
Notable worksThe CannonBall King , Tellus
Years active 1996–present

Thomas Warming (born 20 February 1969) is a Danish illustrator, painter, and author. [1]



Early years

Warming, whose parents were both working in the airline industry, lived in Sweden until he was 5.

After relocating back to Denmark, Warming completed elementary school in Kolding, one year as an exchange student at Crater High School in Oregon, followed by one year at Handelsskolen Business School in Denmark.

Kolding Town in Denmark

Kolding is a Danish seaport located at the head of Kolding Fjord in the Region of Southern Denmark. It is the seat of Kolding Municipality. It is a transportation, commercial, and manufacturing centre, and has numerous industrial companies, principally geared towards shipbuilding. The manufacturing of machinery and textiles and livestock export are other economically significant activities.

Crater High School is a public high school in Central Point, Oregon, United States.


From an early age Warming was influenced by Pop art, comic books, graffiti and street art. In 1988, Warming was recruited by an advertising firm in Denmark, earning the title of Art Director at age 25. At the same time, Warming attended fine-art classes at the Spectrum School of the Arts. He majored in painting and live drawing.

Pop art art movement

Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the United Kingdom and the United States during the mid- to late-1950s. The movement presented a challenge to traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular and mass culture, such as advertising, comic books and mundane cultural objects. One of its aims is to use images of popular culture in art, emphasizing the banal or kitschy elements of any culture, most often through the use of irony. It is also associated with the artists' use of mechanical means of reproduction or rendering techniques. In pop art, material is sometimes visually removed from its known context, isolated, or combined with unrelated material.

Graffiti Drawings and paintings on walls

Graffiti is writing or drawings made on a wall or other surface, usually without permission and within public view. Graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, and it has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire.

Street art art that is public and temporary in public spaces

Street art is visual art created in public locations, usually unsanctioned artwork executed outside of the context of traditional art vans. Other terms for this type of art include "independent public art", "post-graffiti", and "neon-graffiti", and is closely related with guerrilla art. Common forms and media include spray paint graffiti, stencil graffiti, wheatpasted poster art, sticker art, street installations, and sculpture. Video projection and yarn bombing have also gained some popularity near the turn of the 21st century.

Johan Nissen in front of a painting by Warming Johan nissen.jpg
Johan Nissen in front of a painting by Warming

In 1993, Warming founded Warming Illustration, moved out of the studio "Den Blå Bil" and joined the artist studio Pinligt Selskab in the heart of Copenhagen. While there, Warming worked for 14 years alongside Valhalla comic book creator Peter Madsen and Teddy H. Kristiansen, as well as fantasy artists Jesper Ejsing and Emil Landgreen.

Copenhagen Capital of Denmark

Copenhagen is the capital and most populous city of Denmark. As of July 2018, the city has a population of 777,218. It forms the core of the wider urban area of Copenhagen and the Copenhagen metropolitan area. Copenhagen is situated on the eastern coast of the island of Zealand; another small portion of the city is located on Amager, and is separated from Malmö, Sweden, by the strait of Øresund. The Øresund Bridge connects the two cities by rail and road.

Valhalla in Norse mythology enormous hall located in Asgard

In Norse mythology, Valhalla is a majestic, enormous hall located in Asgard, ruled over by the god Odin. Chosen by Odin, half of those who die in combat travel to Valhalla upon death, led by valkyries, while the other half go to the goddess Freyja's field Fólkvangr. In Valhalla, the dead join the masses of those who have died in combat, known as Einherjar, and various legendary Germanic heroes and kings, as they prepare to aid Odin during the events of Ragnarök. Before the hall stands the golden tree Glasir, and the hall's ceiling is thatched with golden shields. Various creatures live around Valhalla, such as the stag Eikþyrnir and the goat Heiðrún, both described as standing atop Valhalla and consuming the foliage of the tree Læraðr.

During this period, Warming produced a range of artistic works including children's books, licensed characters, educational books, advertising, magazines and board games. He also illustrated several computer games, most notably two for the Danish National Space Center and Egemont Publishing in conjunction with the Danish game development company Wegame.

Warming worked with a wide array of companies including Lego, Mattel, Marvel, Microsoft, Suzuki and Cartoon Network. Warming illustrated the worldwide published magazine Entre Nous on AIDS awareness for a year, edited by Jeffrey Lazarus, as well as illustrating articles for the Danish cult magazine Press, edited by Allan Nagel.

Lego Construction toy

Lego is a line of plastic construction toys that are manufactured by The Lego Group, a privately held company based in Billund, Denmark. The company's flagship product, Lego, consists of colourful interlocking plastic bricks accompanying an array of gears, figurines called minifigures, and various other parts. Lego pieces can be assembled and connected in many ways to construct objects, including vehicles, buildings, and working robots. Anything constructed can be taken apart again, and the pieces reused to make new things.

Mattel American toy company

Mattel, Inc. is an American multinational toy manufacturing company founded in 1945 with headquarters in El Segundo, California. The products and brands it produces include Fisher-Price, Barbie, Monster High, Ever After High, Polly Pocket, Hot Wheels and Matchbox, Masters of the Universe, American Girl, board games, and WWE. In the early 1980s, Mattel produced video game systems, under its own brands and under license from Nintendo. The company has presence in 40 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 countries. The company operates through three business segments: North America, international, and American Girl. It is the world's second largest toy maker in terms of revenue, after The Lego Group. In 2014, it ranked #403 on the Fortune 500 list. On January 17, 2017, Mattel named former Google executive Margo Georgiadis as CEO. Georgiadis stepped down as CEO of Mattel on April 19, 2018. Her last day was on April 26, 2018. Ynon Kreiz is now the new CEO of Mattel.

Marvel Entertainment entertainment company in the USA

Marvel Entertainment, LLC is an American entertainment company founded in June 1998 and based in New York City, formed by the merger of Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc. and ToyBiz. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, and is mainly known for its Marvel Comics, Marvel Animation, and Marvel Television units. Marvel Studios, formerly under the Marvel umbrella, became a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Studios, where it develops and produces a shared universe of films that shares continuity with some of the shows produced by the television unit.

As an author and illustrator of children’s books, Thomas Warming debuted in 2003 with Kanonkongen (The Cannonball King), now published in three languages: Danish, Korean and English.

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These publications were followed in 2006 by the Sci-Fi trilogy ""Tellus - del 1: Lys I Mørket (Captain Tellus – Part 1: Light In The Dark)"". The first installment is translated into the English for the American market by High Before Homeroom author, Maya Sloan (Simon and Schuster Gallery Books 2010). Part 2 in the series is currently in the making and it is entitled ""Tellus - del 2: Magerne (Captain Tellus - part 2 : The Magi).""

In 2008 and 2009 Warming was chosen to represent Denmark at the annual MoCCA Art Festival (Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art) by the Danish Consulate in New York. Warming received a government grant in 2009 by Statens Kunstfond, to participate and exhibit.

Warming has maintained a fine art painting career throughout the last 20 years on the side participating in solo- and group shows and was selected for Diesel New Arts selected jury Scandinavia exhibit in Copenhagen 2005.

Besides Warming's artistic career, he taught sequential art, perspective drawing and acrylic painting at Københavns Tekniske Skole, Kreativ afd. (Copenhagen Technical College, Creative Dpt.), for a consecutive period of 10 years (1998–2008)

Current work

In 2009 Warming received a sponsorship for an Extraordinary Artist Visa and moved to New York City. He is currently working as Lead Concept Designer and Matte Painter for Walsh Family Media on the upcoming CG feature animation film The Cool Beans: We Need a Hit. [2]

Danish film director Tao Nørager is currently making a Documentary about Warming and Patrick Walsh of Walsh Family Media as they are launching the movie


publications by or with illustrations by Thomas Warming

Kanonkongen (The CannonBall King)

Children's book is for ages 5 and up, hand painted in acrylics, 32 pages and illustrated in full color. The book was nominated Book of the Month by the Copenhagen Public Library [5]

The book was well received by the Danish newspapers calling it "a promising debut with an appeal for children who like action" [6]

Tellus - del 1: Lys I Mørket (Captain Tellus – Part 1: Light In The Dark)

A cross-genre publication. It is part one of a Science Fiction trilogy for young adults. [7] [8] 64 pages and fully illustrated in acrylics and Photoshop. The book is meant to be a mix between picture book/ graphic novel and comic book. The book was published in Denmark in an untraditional wide format, through Peoples Press Publishing. Part 2 is currently in progress.

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  1. Søren Vinterberg (1997-01-16). "De kigger os ud" (in Danish). Kultur og debat: Politiken. Politiken. p. 1. Z1410518. Thomas Warming tegner i en raffineret, mættet sort-hvid flade af træsnitsagtige detaljer og dyster surrealisme
  2. Don Evans, Makers of Kids Movie Plead For ‘Angels’ on Montague Street (September 9, 2009). "Using a "No Standing Zone" to park a small panel truck painted in vividly colored, graffiti-like art titled "Cool Beans,"" . Retrieved October 7, 2009.
  3. Steffen Larsen (2008-08-13). "Hvis dette er at læse ..." (in Danish). Politiken. Politiken. p. 1. e12a3d43.
  4. "Bog nummer 40 målrettet den svage læser" (in Danish). Vejle Amts Folkeblad. Vejle Amts Folkeblad. April 2, 2008. p. 1. e0ed9e6f. Den handler om heksen Inger Svinger, er illustreret af Thomas Warming og målrettet børn i 5.-7. klasse
  5. "Handlingen set fra himlen" (in Danish). 4. section: Fyens Stiftstidende. Fyens Stiftstidende. 2003-11-28. p. 1. e012a210. tempoet og humoren vil sikkert appellere måske især til de (mange) børne, der kan lide humor og action.
  6. DAMIAN ARGUIMBAU (2003-10-17). "Nye danske billedbøger: T-ord og cigaretrygende hunde" (in Danish). 3. section: Weekend Avisern. Weekend Avisern. p. 15. e00e4c90. Det går over stok og sten og vil klart appellere til børn, der foretrækker krudt og kanoner fremfor dukker og balletskørter
  7. Steffen Larsen (January 7, 2006). "Stjernekrig: Rumrøverhistorie" (in Danish). Politiken. Politiken. p. 10. e0536c3f. 'Tellus' er en rigtig røverhistorie for sønner og deres fædre med svimlende kig ud i rummet
  8. Søren Bagge (January 12, 2006). "Fremtiden sikret" (in Danish). Vejle Amts Folkeblad. Vejle Amts Folkeblad. p. 1. e0540f8e. Nr. Snede og omegn i bogen udpeget til at blive centrum for hele menneskeheden