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Meet: Michelle Mildenberg

It is safe to say that we love contemporary illustrations. Thus, when we found Michelle Mildenberg’s we absolutely fell in love with her work. We love the use of her colour palette. The reds in her illustrations just keeps us coming back for more.

Could you briefly introduce yourself?

I’m a Colombian illustrator now established in London. I love to create imagery that immerse people in ideas through illustration. I’m mainly focused on design fictions, which means I love to illustrate scenarios of how the future could be.

How did you start illustrating?

I started illustrating because my father had this huge collection of records and I really wanted to create images like the ones in the records. So I started to mimic what he had. Nowadays, I illustrate on and off while working as a creative strategy consultant in my own practice.  

What inspires you the most?

I’m inspired by science fiction and technology, biology, space travel, architecture and WOMEN. 

How would you describe your creative process? 

My creative process is very organized in my head. I call it a mind temple. It’s where the majority of my projects come to mind before going to bed. Then I will create them in the coming days. I guess you could say they are a projection of my readings and research.

Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?

My biggest advice would be to “eat the elephant one bite at a time”. If you create small illustrations and small things everyday, in a year you will have a huge collection that you can start calling your practice. I also believe that it’s very important to focus on the concepts and the ideas before the visual aspect. Strong ideas make art important.

What are your three favourite Instagrammers?

My three favourite Instagrammers are: 

Lucy McRae @lucymcrae. She is a Body Architect and a film director. She likes to place the body in complexe future scenarios. Her work is amazing and beautiful. 

El Piscinazo Futbol: @piscinazofutbol which is an illustration account that focuses on fiction-non-fiction scenarios around futbol. 

And I really love Sara Andreasson @saraandreasson who is my favourite illustrator ever! 

We hope you liked getting to know Michelle Mildenberg this week. If you would like to own some of her illustrations, make sure to check out her shop. Go give her some love on her Instagram account! If you want to discover more artists, you need to visit our Meet the Creators section.

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