Manuela Peixoto is an illustrator from Lisbon. Not only her style is very expressive but she also applies color in a great way.

(All artists have to answer the same 10 questions.)

1. First and Last Name
Manuela Peixoto

2. Where are you from? And where are you currently living?
I was born in Vila Real, north of Portugal, and I’m currently living in Lisbon.


3. What’s your main influences?
It’s hard to say what my biggest influences are, but I think Michael Craig-Martin’s work with everyday objects and the way he represents it in a serious yet colorful way somehow changed my approach to illustration, especially my personal work. What I most like to do is to take an insignificant or serious situation, or even a thought, and play around with it, try to tell a story or some kind of mystery through metaphors. I like the idea of something that seems fun and approachable even if it’s actually not, and leaving some kind of story behind with a hint of sarcasm.

4. How was your path until this moment? How did you start?
Probably by copying my sisters’ drawings. Our first lesson was given by our mother with a real bunny that our neighbor let us use as a model- at least that’s the first lesson that I can remember.
I’ve always enjoyed drawing but I didn’t really know or worried about what I could do with it since it’s always been my favourite activity. I never had too many doubts, I studied visual arts throughout high school, just as I had always envisioned, always kept a graphic journal and illustrated stories that I made up.

I didn’t really know or worried about what I could do with it since it’s always been my favourite activity

When I started the Communication Design BA at the College of Fine Arts (Lisbon), I ended up by only illustrating or drawing for specific classes and stopped doing it for my personal projects or leisure, even though my interest in illustration and the possibilities of working with it started growing. I got back to experimenting and getting more comfortable with illustrating and using it in my work when I began a Drawing MA. That’s when I started to really appreciate the process of learning and focusing less on the outcome.I did a lot of work for friends, a lot of personal work and finally this year I had the opportunity to illustrate my first childrens’ book called “O Elefante Olifant”, which was published by Biblioteca Infantil Roterdão in The Netherlands.

5. Where do you see yourself next?
I have no idea. I do think about it a lot, but because I’m not great at planning and my mind doesn’t work in a very strategical way, I just hope it’s somewhere where I can continue learning and experimenting different things and generally being able to work on projects that I enjoy.

(…)somewhere where I can continue learning and experimenting different things

6. Knowing what you know now, what would be your advice for people in the same area?
Don’t take your work too seriously; the process is way more important and it can’t happen in a constant state of tension.

7. Is there something you are terrible at :)?
Multitasking: My mind is incapable of being in two different places at the same time.

8. Tell us 3 things you like

  • Being the first to wake up
  • Cold
  • Train Stations

9. And 3 things you don’t

  • Excel
  • Planning events
  • Talking on the phone

10. Last question, what are you listening at the moment (band, specific music or album)
I’ve been listening to Monday (Cat Falcão) a lot, she’s my cousin and we’re working on the cover of the album that will be released in 2018

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