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Hi! My name is Mercedes Leon and I am an illustrator. I was born in Spain about 30 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 (or
(0044) 7903 851 411

16 Comments leave one →
  1. scalesurfer permalink
    January 21, 2012 12:49 pm

    nice blog and work! keeep it up! ✦

  2. January 21, 2012 12:56 pm


  3. March 15, 2012 11:03 am

    Thanks for sharing you work 🙂 I thought you should have the Sunshine Award!

    • March 19, 2012 1:01 pm

      thanks to you for taking the time to look at it! it’s a big honour! I’m very happy 😀

  4. Kat permalink
    April 10, 2012 6:12 pm

    Love your style! thanks for sharing!

  5. April 28, 2012 7:56 pm

    You have such a distinctive illustrating style, very cool and fresh. I like it a lot.
    And thanks so much for all the likes, and for following me. I really appreciate it!

  6. June 15, 2012 9:03 pm

    love your drawings a lot!! thanks for following me 🙂

  7. June 29, 2012 1:20 am

    I have nominated you for One Lovely Blog Award as I really appreciate what you do …… you can read more about it here

    • June 29, 2012 12:10 pm

      Oh, thank you!!!! It makes me feel really proud… you have such a nice taste and lovely crafts! It’s a big honour 😀 hope to keep making you smile (that’s maybe the best and most rewarding appreciation)

  8. peter sutton permalink
    January 20, 2013 7:01 pm

    This is a great blog. I particularly love the maps.

    • January 22, 2013 7:25 pm

      Oh, thanks! And I’m so glad you liked the maps… I’ll try and make more of them (any suggestions welcome, and the weirder the merrier!)

  9. February 7, 2013 9:42 pm

    An absolutely beautiful blog, I’m so glad I dropped by but it made me late for work. Bugger. Cheers Sue

    • February 8, 2013 9:26 pm

      Oh Sue, I’m so glad it made you late 😀
      I’m loving a lot yours too, so it’s a pleasure to start knowing and following each other. A big honour.
      Cheers back!

  10. March 16, 2014 1:38 pm

    AAAAawsome! 🙂

  11. March 30, 2018 11:46 am

    Hey, I love the vibe of your work and your about me was entertaining, lol. 😀

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