Llew Mejia
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration
Freelance Illustrator

In a couple sentences, describe what you do for work and how you feel about it.

I illustrate, art direct, brand, and work with clients on product for commercial purposes. I feel great about making things that exist as physical objects for people to purchase. It's a living.

Best thing you ever got/saw on the free shelf?

A pair of London Fog trench coats with a friend who has now passed but it put me on a road to wear trenches for the rest of my life!

What inspires you?

People, objects, cultures, travel, occult books, antique textiles—the list goes on.

Current obsession?

Antique Mexican ceramics.

Tell us about your internship.

It was great. I traveled and lived in Australia for a while and did my internship there. I didn't want to limit myself [to the U.S.] and decided to email people abroad and work with an artist collective there.

How do you network yourself and your art?

Social media mostly.

Do the Twin Cities offer many opportunities for creatives?

I think it is what you make of it. Now, with the internet, you can be anywhere and do anything.

Has your work evolved since leaving MCAD? How so?

I think I have figured out how to do my own work and be flexible in terms of style. I do a lot of textile work now which I learned after leaving school, so I think that's the greatest difference.

Name your one biggest takeaway from MCAD?

Don't limit yourself by what others are doing, never listen to authorities, and do what you want and work hard and you can get somewhere.