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Luis Mendo

Drawer, Luis Mendo Inc. in Tokyo

I Became an Artist and So Can You


Luis Mendo has been designing for 14 years. Before moving to Amsterdam, he worked in newspaper design teams in Barcelona. In june 2005 he founded GOOD Inc.® and was included in the “Top 10 best Art Directors in The Netherlands”. 

Next to his work as a designer, he has a double life as a illustrator and graphic artist. Luis writes in books, blogs and magazines, is part of juries, teaches editorial design and gives lectures & workshops internationally. In 2007 he founded the reliable freelancers group Goodfellas Network. Since 2012 he's also been the Design Director of the PechaKucha organisation.

"Presentation of the Day" on March 21, 2013.

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Graphic Forager

@ VOL 9 ON OCT 12, 2012

A hunter-gatherer of images, young graphic designer and illustrator Samuel Castaño managed to overcome his shyness in order to delight us with his graphic work, featuring collage, drawing and lettering.

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If You Can Do It, I Can Do It

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 20, 2015

Ben Oblas, a woodworker, shares how he navigates this new DIY world as an artist using the internet and his dad as inspiration. He speaks about dedication and believing in ones ability to start and finish something. 

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How I became a tea cup

@ VOL 2 ON JUN 23, 2015

Lauren Mitchell is passionate about carnivals and talks us through what goes on behind the scenes getting the costumes and sculptures ready for these amazing events.

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Drawing Tells a Better Story

@ VOL 19 ON OCT 10, 2015

"We are different, but we have something to share, like all of you ... I think the concept of love or empathy is not based on race or color or gender or religion. We all share this amazing feeling."

In response to the ongoing refugee crisis from Syria and parts of the Middle East. Kyoto-based researcher, and Syrian national, Rodi Alkader, has been drawing his thoughts on paper for years, but as the crisis continues to unfold, his drawings became a profound way for him to deal with his emotions. In this very personal presentation, "Drawing Tells a Better Story", from PechaKucha Night Kyoto Vol 19, Rodi shares his family's situation and adds a unique voice to the conversation. This presentation was part of the special PechaKucha Night Huddle held in Kyoto in October 2015. 

This was "Presentation of the Day" on May 20th, 2017.

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You Can't Draw, But Nobody Can Draw Like You

@ VOL 136 ON JUN 02, 2016

"I found out that it was so much more interesting in doing everything wrong and developing a style and aesthetic that way, rather than getting things right the first time."
Karan Singh is an Australian artist, illustrator, and animator and living in Tokyo. In his presentation "You Can't Draw, But Nobody Can Draw Like You" from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 136, he shares some of this vibrant and impactful works, representing a modern interpretation of optical art, conveying pattern and depth through minimal palettes. Despite having a decade of work under his belt, he confesses that he doesn't know how to draw. Have a look, and join us in begging to differ on that point.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, July 24th, 2016. 
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Redrawing The Line

@ VOL 26 ON JAN 25, 2017

Will Scobie is an Brighton-based artist whose work delights in retraced lines and zings with movement.  You could say that he's reinventing the drawn line.  

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The Complete Guide to Drawing

@ VOL 148 ON JUN 22, 2017

Some draw or paint to make a social statement, others want to express their love or commitment to a theme, and still others seek subjects that are whimsical and fun. Illustrator Adrian Hogan simply loves to draw. This thursday night, he goes into depth on why he thinks you too should draw and how you can start.

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Back to the Drawing Board

@ VOL 28 ON JUN 24, 2016

Artist Cathie Bleck talks over her work about how experiences and context shape one's world view. In her short six minutes on the stage she talks about how war, poverty, life, beauty, ancient ways and the condition of being an artist influences your work if you let it. 

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How Can I Find My Bliss So I Can Follow It?

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 30, 2018

Larry Pearlman asks: What does it mean to follow your bliss, why is it important, and how do you find it?