Luis Mendo’s journey to becoming an illustrator, is perhaps not the typical tale. For a start, he had a successful 20-year career as an Art Director and magazine designer, before coming to a crossroads in life. Relocating from Amsterdam to Tokyo, a change of scenery brought with it a change in career and he began to explore illustration. Now, some seven years later, Luis tells us he’s still ‘learning everyday’ and wow, what a lot he’s learnt!
All about Luis.
Describing his work as ‘digital analog’, the term alludes to its inherent tactile nature and warmth. His images often evoke positivity and exude a cheerful nature. Clever use of light and colour also exemplify his unique style and he often captures moments of serenity and calm in his images. It may have taken him a while to get here, but we’re looking forward to seeing where this illustration journey goes next.
How Luis creates his illustrations.
Luis began his illustration career drawing with pen & paper but these days he exclusively uses an iPad Pro and Procreate. Luis creates a loose sketch first to get the concept right. Once approved, he then redraws time and again until he’s satisfied. He calls those “inks”. When that's signed off, he adds colours and texture.
"Beautiful, human centred work with a fantastic soulful and an almost filmic sense of place. Luis has brought a feeling of 'real living' as well as architectural flair to WIRED's storytelling."
Andrew Diprose, Creative Director, Wired UK
Want to commission Luis?
Interested in working with Luis Mendo? If you've got a project in mind, drop us an email with some additional information. Generally it's helpful to see some of your initial sketches if you have them, plus some info about the brand and how you intend to use the illustrations. Also, what timings you're working to.
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