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Cindy Mangomini is an illustrator who grew up, and still lives in Maastricht, in the south of the Netherlands. She’s been drawing for as long as she can remember.

She went to art school where she studied illustrative design, focusing on children’s book illustrations and interning with Philip Hopman and Joke van Leeuwen.

After graduating she started working in fashion. First as a visual merchandiser and later opening up her own boutique of sustainable and fair trade clothing. But she soon realised that selling clothes was not her real passion, she liked drawing them much more. During her time as a shop owner she started her Mangomini blog where she posted drawings of what she wore.

These days she still likes to draw pictures of what she wore, but mostly works freelance for a variety of international clients. She’s also a regular contributor at Hello Giggles (the popular website for girls, founded by Zooey Deschanel) and sells her own collection of paper-goods, including cards, prints and calendars.

Her work is playful, light-hearted and colourful and is designed with one goal: to put a smile on your face. All her illustrations are hand drawn, using a mix of materials, including ink, gouache and watercolour. She cares deeply about the environment, that’s why all of her illustrations are made on recycled paper and she uses only water-based paints.

When she is not drawing things she likes to spend her time making lists and plans, travelling, hiking, drinking wine with friends and eating chocolate.

“Mangomini” is a nickname that got out of hand and is now unstoppable.

She does not normally refer to herself in the third person.

All drawings ©copyright Cindy Mangomini, unless otherwise credited.

Please do not re-post drawings without proper credit. Thank you x

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