Illustrator Fran Meneses has been drawing since she was 3 years old. Born and raised in Chile, she studied graphic design before embarking on a creative journey with her husband (who works as a writer).
“In 2013 my husband Ed and I made this crazy decision of selling everything we owned, pack one suitcase each, and moved (with our two fat cats Hamburguesa and Cereal) to Europe, in the search of our dream city/place to live,” she writes on her website. “We’ve been living all over the world since then: Cologne, Berlin, London, Hastings, and less than a year ago we moved to New York City.”
The nomad couple are now working on a graphic novel together. And when she’s not doing that, Meneses works on new products for her online shop, shares illustrations and webcomics on Instagram, and films videos for her YouTube channel. A busy life, to say the least.
“I think many illustrators are going to relate to this, but every time I get stuck in a creative rut, I watch a Studio Ghibli movie,” she tells the Patreon blog. “I also love going out and walking… When I’m having a tough time, I also try to take it easy and read, draw stuff I like, take a bath, work at a cafe, meet up with my fellow illustrator friends, and talk with my husband Ed. He’s a creator, too, so we go through the same emotions that surround creativity. In my opinion, talking with someone can be one of the fastest ways to overcome a tough time or a creative crisis.”
Her pastel-colored illustrations are both dreamy and whimsical. Well worth following on Instagram.