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Castelldefels, BCN, Spain

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Illustrator and Designer working as Art Director for the last 7 years.

Fast, creative, proactive and passionate. Oriented to solve problems.

I have 18 years of experience in design and illustration. I worked with many clients around the globe and succesfully delivered projects for more than 14 countries: USA, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Canada, UK, Bahrain, Kuwait, México, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Uruguay and Argentina. I participated in a lot of different fields of art: games, books illustrations, logo and branding design, graphics for t-shirts, websites and more.

My strongest ability is scanning your needs and understanding/organizing the ideas inside your head to translate them in the first sketches that later on will become a polished working project.

I started illustration when I was a kid, doing drawings for my friends and I got hooked. After that, I never stopped doing what I love the most. To me, illustration and art is not only work, this is what I enjoy to do everyday. I’m always improving my skills, studying new techniques and challenging myself in order to reach the highest standards of design and digital art.

Feel free to contact me anytime. Looking forward to working with you!


Work Experience

Art Director at Bookelicious LLC
2017 - Present

GDD writing, Character creation. Game art. Illustration. Design.

Illustration and Design at Equus Area ®
2021 - Present

Character design & Illustration. Creation of products for e-commerce (cups, t-shirts, covers, backpacks, etc)

Game Artist as a freelancer
2014 - Present

Character creation. F2F animation. Background design. UI design. Storytelling. Props/Guns/Item creation. Icon design. Sprites sheet creation.

2D Game Artist at Nerdy Studios LLC
2014 - 2017 (3 years)

GDD writing. Concept art and storyline. 2D Game art. Game Level design. 2D Animation. Websites design. Music composition

Digital Artist and Illustrator as a freelancer
2006 - Present (13 years)

Digital. Pencil art. Concept art. Storytelling illustrations. Comic. Backgrounds. Characters. Portrait. Caricature. Watercolor.

Lead Designer in TelFo Networks SL
2006 - 2014 (8 years)

Mascot design. Graphic design. Logo design. Branding. Book cover. T-Shirt design. Flyer. Social networks. Posters. Cards.

Personal skills and competences

Languages Spanish (native)
English (fluent spoken and writing)
Portuguese (intermediate)


Storytelling and illustration course
At School Sotano Blanco, C.A.B.A., Argentina
Illustration and techniques lessons
At Course given by the argentinean Fantasy Master Fernando Molinari
Jan 2013–Jan 2014
CBC - Filmmaking Nivelation Course
At University of Buenos Aires, C.A.B.A., Argentina
Mar 2000–Nov 2006
Marketing and Graphic Design (Highschool Degree)
At Escuelas Raggio, C.A.B.A., Argentina

What my clients/partners say about me

"Juan it’s being amazing to work with. He is incredibly talented and creative, and very collaborative. All of his work is being of the highest quality and delivered on time and on budget. We couldn't have found a better person for the job (which extended far beyond our original expectations as a result of his fabulous work)."

– Lea Anne Borders, Bookelicious LLC - California, USA

"Besides his great human quality, from Juan Manuel I highlight –without hesitating– his infinit creative capacity, ability that he adapts and shapes to the needs of each project in an extraordinary way. When he accepts a project, in a conscious way, he involves in it all his wisdom, experience and heart, thus getting brilliant results.
If you decide to work with Juan Manuel, get ready to welcome a new partner, because his illustrations will not only fascinate you, but you’ll adore his proactivity and you won’t want to let go of his consulting and ideas.
Thank you Juan Manuel for accepting become a part of, now ours, project EQUUS AREA. It’s a pride to have you on the team."

– Laia Pagés, EQUUS AREA SL - Barcelona, Spain

"Juan is a very versatile artist with a great sense of responsability. He was on charge of the illustrations, animations and design of our mobile adventures game (Patch and Marlon´s Iconic Adventures) where he brought a lot of quality. He knew how to satisfy our expectations widely. He is the kind of person that involves 100% in a project and he has great communication skills. In our project, he identified clearly what we wanted and he constantly enriched our vision of the game. Because of his quality as an artist and his intensity for working, I would recommend him without doubting."

– Manuel Brunet, Playpatch Studios - Chile

"The passion he puts into every detail is what made him the ideal person when we needed a design. Juan is a person full of energy who transmits to the whole team, always contributing new ideas."

– Manuel B., TelFo Networks SL - Galicia, Spain

"Juan is a very skilled worker with a positive can do attidude. He will always walk the extra mile and is very keen on meeting your expectations. Looking forward to working with him again! "

– Carl Maximilian Moell, Novo Nordisk - Denmark

“Incredible artist and designer, always completed work exactly as instructed and brought valuable creativity and insight to each project. Would definitely work with again!

– Dustin Baker, Launchpad Games - Canada

"Awesome to work with. Creative as well as talented and passionate to excel. Pleasure to work with and will gladly work with again. Thank you for the help."

– Daniel Fox, Fox Industries - USA

“Juan far exceeded my expectations and anyone would be lucky to have him on their team. Will definitely be working with him again! ”

“I love working with Juan and will not hesitate to hire him again when the opportunity arises!”

– Diana Donaldson, Be Indigo - USA

“An exceptional professional! Top of UpWork! Will work with Juan again. A++”

“This guy is worth every penny and much more. Great work & communication.”

– Kyriako Zarkada, Arion Media - Bahrain

“Juan is an excellent illustrator who I strongly recommend. His creativity and attention to detail is outstanding. He's a pleasure to work with him and he's incredibly reliable. You would be lucky to have him involved in any project.”

“Juan is consistently excellent with his work and professionalism. Couldn't be happier to have him on our team.”

“Juan does great work and is valuable to any project!”

– Sung, Lime in the Coconut Games Inc. - Canada

Completed the job in the required time with professionalism quality, and showing great communication and interest. We would definitely hire him again.

–  FiveXGames, Gaming company - Madrid, Spain

“It was a pleasant experience with Juan. He is an excellent designer and I would recommend him to anyone. My expectations we met, which isn't easy to do!”

“Great designer, he is slotted as one of my best.. Keep up the good work...”

–  Thomas Radomski, CEO Nerdy Studios LLC - USA

“Juan's greatest strength is his ability to really listen to clients needs, and then put in the time to come up with amazing work that always goes beyond my expectations. He is truly dedicated to his craft, always delivers on time, makes sure the client is thrilled with the work, and always goes the extra mile. I have been working with Juan for more than 12 years now, on all types of projects, and it's always been a pleasure. He is always my first choice for every project.”

– Daniel Magliola, Game developer - England


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