Lauren Mendez is a petite and bubbly illustrator, currently living among the trees just outside of Portland, Oregon. Originally from California, she attended UCLA and graduated with a degree in Studio Arts.
Lauren’s colorful illustrations are digitally painted but always start as colored pencil drawings (the Prismacolor Verithin pencils are her jam!). Her favorite part of an illustration is concepting the characters. A lot of research, scribbles and coffee are necessary in order to get the character’s personality just right. And playing with facial features, clothing details, and body poses is tons of fun!
After a day of drawing and painting indoors, Lauren enjoys running through the trees, chasing the chipmunks and admiring the designs of the wild mushrooms. Don’t ask her to eat them though; mushrooms taste yucky!
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