Bright, fun and a little bit cheeky, Yime de Santiago’s illustrations combine a contemporary atmosphere with a noughties cartoon style. Publishers and agencies alike are excited by the unique energy in his work, and the simple and direct way he captures people’s expressions and their interactions.
Based in London, Yime grew up just outside Madrid and spent his teenage years doing graffiti. He loves going out and observing people in busy places, having a coffee or a beer and getting into the music. That sense of us as social beings shines through in his illustrations.
Hip Hop music is one of his main passions, and along with his interest in graffiti it has helped shape his style. The Rick and Morty cartoons and Simon Landrein’s comics have influenced him too, alongside great artists like Pablo Picasso, Jeff Koons and Jean-Michel Basquiat
Yime has a degree in Art from the Complutense University of Madrid, and an MA in Illustration and Graphic Design from the Polytechnic University of Valencia.
“Normally, I sketch some compositions, choose one and draw it properly on paper. Then I scan it and play with some different colour combinations. After that, I colour the image on my computer and add some final textures and details,” explains Yime.
According to Yime, he has a social style. In it he projects thoughts and ideas about reality and about how people interact. His colour make an impact, and funny or cheeky characters are common in his work, though he also creates more formal images when required.