Q&A: Illustrator Elise Miguel Finds Her Muse in Plants and Hands

CREATOR SPOTLIGHTBy 2022-04-11T14:38:34-04:00September 27th, 2021|

Name: Elise Miguel

Age: 24

Home base: Montclair, NJ

Tu país: Cuba, Puerto Rico


What’s been your journey to becoming an illustrator? I majored in illustration/animation in college and have been freelancing since I was 18 years old. I knew that I wanted to pursue the arts since I was young, I can’t imagine not creating something every day.

Muse? Muses? People and plants, I almost always incorporate one or the other in my illustrations.

What makes an illustration pop? Interesting texture patterns – I’m obsessed with halftones and squiggly lines.

Favorite spot for inspiration: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, coffee shops.

What music do you listen to while illustrating?  I like to listen to slow, groovy stuff while I work. My favorite right now is The Marías new album, CINEMA.

Go-to creative spot: My desk in my apartment, I light a candle and I’m ready to create.

What does Latine culture mean to you on your home turf? My mother is Puerto Rican as my father is Cuban – I grew up eating a lot of good food and Celia Cruz was always playing at any and every family function.

Go-to visual references: Lots of plant and hand references!

What’s next for you? Who knows! I’d love to create package design for a brand.