Tom Krieger calls himself a photoillustrator. According to his homepage, he is a professional freelance illustrator since 18 years, working for big german and international agencies and publishers. He created illustrations for food packagings, car ads and other products for various big german companies.
I found this very familiar looking image in the 6/2010 issue of “digit!” in an article about the Photoshop Convention 2010 in Munich. It is supposed to be a “virtual” cover for a car catalog and was used in a lecture about the workflow in an advertising agency.
“From the idea to the catalog cover: From scribble, car shooting (courtesy of Robin Preston) and a (non-final) Illustration by Tom Krieger, a motif, which was created for the photoshop convention and not quite finished, emerges in workflow with Andre Price and Marius Schwiegk (both Jung von Matt).”
The original is Metamorphine by Android Jones. He just flipped it and painted over it.
I informed Android about it and also posted it on conceptart.org here
As it turns out, it isn’t . In 2007, Tom Krieger posted two images on conceptart. in this thread, trying to pass off manipulated photos as digital paintings. The observant members of conceptart.org noticed and even found the source pictures. This is in his portfolio, too. Agency: REDPACK Design GmbH, client: Hills, campaign: Animal food
He seems to make a living with his image manipulations, and considering his client list, I assume he is well off. No one but Tom Krieger himself can know for sure how much of his work is genuinely done by him and which sources are legitimate.