Luis Mendo
Luis Mendo

About


I am currently busy working on my first book and very selective of the commissions I take. Thank you for your understanding.


Luis Mendo, drawer

After working as a graphic designer and creative director for 20 years in Europe, I moved to Japan and changed my career to drawing. My versatile style options combined with my art direction experience and skills, make me a relevant addition to creative teams or projects. In other words; I can swipe the floor, make coffee, art direct a shooting or design your logo with equal proficiency.

My work is found on websites, magazines and ad campaigns, but also in art galleries and clothing. 

From October 2018, founded creative residence Almost Perfect in Tokyo together with my wife Yuka. Also, started writing columns and articles for different magazines (which you can read here) and am currently working on a book on Tokyo for the prestigious Norma Editorial.


Career 

I started my professional career in Spain in 1994. Soon I moved to The Netherlands. In these years I created dozens of magazine titles, graphics, corporate identities and publications both on and offline.

In June 2005 opened my own design studio in Amsterdam, named GOOD Inc. and was chosen one of the 10 best Art Directors in The Netherlands. From 2009 started drawing on a regular basis, rediscovering the joy of the craft, and developing a career as illustrator and artist (or as he likes to call himself, drawer) next to my design work. 

In 2013 and after noticing burn out symptoms, I decided to close GOOD Inc. and moved to Japan. This move changed naturally many things, and since I didn’t speak Japanese, forced me also to change my art direction activities more towards illustration. Since then, I operate under my own name making art, illustrations, art direction and sometimes design consultancy. Still at times give lectures, advice and workshops on design, magazine-making and creativity issues, but drawing has become my core business, as they call it.

In Oct 2018, I founded together with my wife a creative residence and gallery in Tokyo, called Almost Perfect. I do the curation, creative direction and design of the residence, while Yuka takes care of the business side of things.

More recently, I have been asked to write columns and articles for publications like Haikushiki in Japan, El País Semanal in Spain and De Volkskrant in The Netherlands, culminating in Norma Editorial asking me to write and illustrate a book about Tokyo, which is what I am mainly doing these days.

Luis at luismendo dot com
+81 70 1313 33 28
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For commercial inquiries in the USA
please contact my US agent FILLIN GLOBAL
(Jackie Collins: jackie@fillinglobal.com 646.250.0318 )


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Videos

Raúl Treviño filmed me while drawing portraits at the Tokyo Art Book Fair in Ginza, march 2019.

Since I moved to Tokyo six years ago, I have always been carrying a sketchbook in my bag. Drawing in the train is quite fun and easy as everyone is sleeping or reading mainly from their screens, they don’t really realise they are being drawn. You learn anatomy, perspective and to make portraits, all free. This practice made me draw professionally after some time. Video filmed by Ryan Gasparini.


🇯🇵 ルイス・メンド

ヨーロッパで20年間グラフィックデザイナー兼クリエイティブディレクターとして活躍したのち日本に移住し、イラストレーターとして仕事を始める。アイディアに溢れ汎用性のあるスタイルと、元々のアートディレクションスキルは様々なクリエイティブチームやプロジェクトに貢献してきた。ウェブサイト、雑誌や広告だけでなくギャラリーやファッション分野にも進出している。

2018年10月より妻の有加と共にクリエイティブレジデンスAlmost Perfectを東京で創業。また、様々な雑誌へのコラムや記事、および東京にまつわる本の執筆も現在手掛けている。


Art Shows

December 2018
RED show, together with fashion brand INHEELS at Almost Perfect in Tokyo.

December 2017
Small Wonders, group show at Clouds Art + Coffee in Koenji, Tokyo.

November 2017
2nd Solo show at Clouds Art + Coffee in Koenji, Tokyo.

May 2017
Group show about paper, かるた市 東京表参道 at Haguruma Envelope showroom in Omotesando, Tokyo.

March to may 2017
Promo show at Isetan in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

September 2016
First solo show at Sorama Gallery in Harajuku, Tokyo. Titled simply SOLO, the show was formed by a retrospective to his las 3 years as a drawer.

February 2016
Group show at Castle Fitzjohns Gallery in New York City in a group show with other Fillin Global artists.

Early 2015
Luis exhibited his drawings together with his friend Adrian Hogan's at L'Illustre Gallerie Le Monde in Harajuku, Tokyo.

Selected Client List

Apple, Adobe, New York Magazine, Monocle, Sony, Popeye Magazine, JR East Japan Railway, Nikkei Asian Review, Spotify, THREE cosmetics, Ginza Six, Fujifilm, Vanity Fair, De Volkskrant, El País Semanal, IDEO Japan, Corriere della Sera, Isetan, Parco, Wacom and Wako dept store

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Other Clients

Aesop, American Airlines magazine, Bonpoint, Condé Nast, Elle à Table Japan, Hearst Japan, Herb Lester Associates, ICON magazine, Knee High Media, McKinsey, Medium.com, NHK, Numéro Tokyo, The North Face, PechaKucha, RICOH, Ropé Picnic, THA Ltd, Tokyo Midtown, Too Much Magazine, Tsutaya Books Daikanyama, Vara, Voyager, Winged Wheel Tokyo, A Zillion Ideas.


Roles

Creative Director & Founder Almost Perfect Tokyo
Public speaking PechaKucha Presentations 
Curator Mas Context, Tokyo issue
Editor, designer Tokyo City Map 
Co-editor TypoMag book
Actor RICOH Video
Collaborator The Tokyoiter
Founder and organizer PauseDraw drawing event

Past

Creative Director at Lava Design 
Design Director at PechaKucha HQ
Chief Art Director at Bright Magazine
Founder director at GOOD Inc.
Founder of the Goodfellas Network
Founder of Screenzine
Teacher at Eina, University of Barcelona
Founder and blogger at Bladblog
Editor-in-Chief & founder The Illustrated Magazine


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