Hi! My name is Mercedes Leon and I am an illustrator. I was born in Spain about 30-odd years ago. I lived as a teenager in Barcelona (where I came up with the idea of being any kind of artist), then I spent six years in Madrid studying Fine Art at UCM. Then I came back to my parent’s home, in Asturias, and started doing things as an aspiring illustrator (christmas greetings, text books, invites). After a while I even got a job as junior Art Director / designer at a local marketing agency. But after six months there I applied to study a Masters in Camberwell College, in London. I moved in September 2011 with my boyfriend, and lived in a slum house during the course –where I started this blog.
Since the Uni was not really demanding, I had a lot of time to look at the stats and publish lots of shit posts. When I graduated, I became self employed and started earning some money doing stuff for Creative Clerkenwell, Financial Times Publishing, Hallmark, and other small businesses. In August 2013 I finally got a full-time job and we moved up north, to Yorkshire, so I changed the header from London Drawings to English Drawings. I’ve been working as a designer for Hallmark / Tigerprint (who makes cards, gifts and wrap for M&S) for the last four years (God knows how much I longed for a proper job) while I kept doing other projects in my spare time. In late 2017 I had enough, and went fully freelance (probably and ill-advised choice) so now I look at my email every day, working in my pijamas, living the dream.
You’ll find me drawing at times, picking up my nose, stuffing the washing machine, thinking, reading, or making myself a cup of tea as I used to do in the good old office days.
So don’t be shy and say hi at
firstname.lastname@example.org (or email@example.com)
(0044) 7903 851 411