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Fill in the Blank: Jose Miguel Mendez

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Images courtesy of Jose Miguel Mendez

Art can be defined as the product of what its creator sees and takes in and how what lies in front of them can bend that artist’s perception. Jose Miguel Mendez, a London-based illustrator, instead looks backward—a direction that has allowed him to craft his own illustrative language.

Mendez started out as a graffiti artist in Madrid, where he was able to create in a still-developing scene. From there, he continued to draw obsessively, worked on growing professionally, and strove to create without concrete boundaries. His imagination has allowed him to erect cartoonized cities for Facebook and Jess3, assign the face for Italy’s Lullaby Fest, and create album artwork for the likes of MF Doom. Here, we discover what else fuels his zany artistic drive.

MY FAVORITE ALBUM TO LISTEN TO WHILE WORKING IS... Z by SZA.

IF I WEREN’T A DESIGNER, I WOULD BE... a musician.

IF I COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANY DESIGNER DEAD OR ALIVE, I WOULD CHOOSE... Victor Moscoso.

IN THREE WORDS, MY OFFICE IS... full of randomness.

MY SPIRIT ANIMAL IS...a dachshund.

MY BEST IDEAS COME TO ME WHEN... I feel completely relaxed.

MY IDEAL SATURDAY AFTER- NOON CONSISTS OF... hanging out with my friends in a pub around my neighborhood, Dalston.

MY FAVORITE GUILTY PLEASURE IS... eating fried chicken after a night out.

MY BIGGEST INSPIRATION COMES FROM... stupid situations I have seen or lived.

IF I COULD REDESIGN ANY CLASSIC ALBUM COVER, IT WOULD BE... Check Your Head by Beastie Boys.

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