Cecilia Lundgren was selected as our artist of the month of February because she creates beautiful illustrations bursting with colors. She was born in south of Sweden in 1982. She first studied graphic design at Forsberg’s school in Stockholm, and followed this with a Bachelor in Design at the University of Kalmar, Sweden. In 2007 she obtained a Master of Arts in design at Domus Academy, Milan. You can visit her website to view her portfolio.
She answered a few questions for us.
Where did it all started?
At three years old laying on the floor with pencils in my hands drawing, drawing and drawing…. Now I am based in Helsingborg, Sweden working full time as an illustrator.
How would you describe your style?
Minimalistic, temperamental and colourful
Favourite material to work with:
I just love working free with a pen and a paper don’t knowing what the result will be.
Any special projects at the moment?
Right now I am working with a new illustration for Arla’s milk packaging! I have already done five ones before.
Best thing about being an Illustrator:
My hobby is my work! I love it!
You, in three words:
Curious, restless and optimistic!
What inspires you?
Everything inspires me! Daily life, solving problems, meeting people, travelling, everything! You carry this work with you in your mind 24 h a day!
“I’m at my most creative when…”:
I am often very creative when I am about to sleep or doing something completely apart from work, washing the dishes for example?
Best thing(s) about Scandinavia:
After spent some time abroad and seen many different places around the world I have learnt to appreciate Sweden and Scandinavia a lot. I love Sweden because it is clean and we are taking care of the nature. I love taking a walk along the beach with my dog or pick mushrooms in the forest in fall.
Marten Baas, Front, Marcel Wanders
On your wish list:
I would love to go to Uganda/Rwanda and get a glimpse of the gorillas!
What can’t you live without?
Scandinavian tradition(s) you love:
Hmmm,… I like crayfish parties we have in August! We are singing songs, partying and eating crayfishes!
Favourite travel spot:
New unseen places. On Monday I am going to Ethiopia!
You, in five years:
That is difficult! I am very happy with my life right now. I want to proceed and develop myself and hope I can work as an illustrator full time then as well!