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Luis Mendo

illustration of Wundor Editions asked me to draw the cover illustration of Matthew Smith's first novel, The Waking.
The drawing is made in Photoshop, all digitally hand drawn.
illustration of Just a quick fun drawing on iPad Pro.
illustration of For the Spanish ICON magazine, I illustrated these places in the US which played an important role in the development of Soul music. Somehow the White House is one of them. It was a huge map with about 15 highlights so there was little space for detailing. Made in Photoshop.
illustration of Quick portrait of a friend in color pencils. Talking to friends while I sketch them in the cafe is a great practise.
illustration of I live in Tokyo, Japan, and carry an sketchbook with me at all times. Keeping a visual diary of sorts, I draw all the time the people and places around me, Tokyo is visually a constant fountain of inspiration.
illustration of For the musician Max Richter, I was asked to make a visual to promote his 8 hour long Sleep record. Those 8 hours you are supposed to fall asleep while you listen to it. It's pretty amazing.

All made with just a black ink fountain pen, on watercolor paper. No previous pencils, all direct line.
illustration of I was allowed to send a spot proposal to the New Yorker. They didn't quite like them but I still do. This was cats chilling on design chairs.
illustration of More sketchbook work. This is the view on Tokyo's biggest graveyard, which is more like a lovely park in the middle of the city. Walking the city and drawing is such a bliss.
illustration of This is from my personal work, a series of drawings I made from my girlfriend in everyday situations. This work was exposed in New York City in 2017.
illustration of I work every week for Holland's most bespoken newspaper, De Volkskrant, in their Saturday's travel feature. Each time it's a new city or tourist destination, which makes me always happy and travel in my mind.

Profile

After working as a graphic designer and creative director for 20 years in Europe, Luis moved to Japan where he changed his career to drawing. His eclectic approach and versatile style, combined with his art direction skills makes him a relevant addition to creative teams and projects. His work is found on websites, magazines and ad campaigns, but also in art galleries and clothing. You can bump into him in the Tokyo streets where he draws daily on his sketchbook.

Style/Techniques

Cartoon, Colored Pencil, Design, Digital, Figurative, Fine Art, Graphic, Line, Line with Color, Pastel, Pen & Ink, Pencil, Silhouette, Stylized, Watercolor, Whimsical, Vector

Subject/Specialties

Humor, Animals, Architecture, Book Covers, Botanical, Comic Book, Editorial, Fashion/Cosmetics, Food, Music, People, Political, Portrait, Travel, Web Illustration, Americana, Food/Beverage, Lifestyle, Vintage / Retro, Feminine, Masculine, Urban