I am Teresa Arroyo Corcobado, a Spanish illustrator and visual artist currently living in Brussels. Since an early age, I have always felt the need to move away from my small city of birth in order to explore new places. I have lived in Madrid, Edinburgh and Granada. After deciding to specialize in illustration, I moved to Brussels, where I have been ever since.
A foot in Belgium and another in Spain, I work as a freelance illustrator and my work has been selected in art competitions and exhibited in both countries and beyond.
On commission, I work mostly on editorial illustrations, children books, posters and textiles. But I also love working on self-initiated side-projects.
For more information, commissions or just to say hello, please contact me at email@example.com I would love to hear from you!
As an illustrator:
~ I invente stories and I make illustrations for children books. I develop conceptual illustrations for:
~ I design mural illustrations and window displays.
As a graphic designer, I create graphic solutions across the different disciplines.
I specialize in:
~ Visual identity
~ Editorial design
~ Infographics and visual thinking
I have been conducting artistic workshops for a long time now. I propose different kinds of workshops for children and adults adapted to all kinds of spaces and subjects (learning the basics of illustration, developing narrative and graphic abilities, and exploring the relationship between text and image in a picture-book, experimenting with the different techniques…)
Sometimes the workshops are held at my workplace, but I also conduct them at schools, artistic and cultural associations, libraries or even outdoors.
If you would like to get in touch regarding any workshop or if you or if you want me to create a workshop proposal. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
08.00h ~ ¡Ring Ring! Time to get up!
08.10h ~ A really warm shower.
08.30h ~ My morning motivation, breakfast: lemon juice, oatmeal with yogurt, jam and dried fruits, toasted bread with olive oil and Spanish ham and tea.
9.00h ~ Check my schedule, answer mails, make some calls…
09.30h ~ Time to work! Drawing, painting… (sometimes I go to the swimming pool before working).
10.30h ~ I am not sure about this project… I need my morning dose of caffeine (and I continue working).
13.00h ~ Lunchtime and another coffee, which is essential so as not to fall asleep.
14.00h ~ Back to work. It’s getting better… I scan my drawings and I reedit them with the computer.
19.00h ~ Some days I go to my bookbinding evening class, sometimes I go out to have a drink,and other times I work until late. Being and illustrator… you always know when you start but never when you will finish.
It’s usually while reading or talking to people that I find inspiration.
Words sometimes make sense and make me able to see what I couldn’t see minutes ago.
And if I have a mental block I go out for a walk, or I go to visit an exhibition.
I like to include social or political topics in my personal work. I am a very committed person, and a fighter as well!. I really pay attention to what’s happening around me, and I try to be well informed in order to be a discerning citizen, (and I think we all should be!).
Maybe I am too much of a dreamer, but from my point of view, art, and _specially illustration, is a really good way to reach out others. so I would like to increase awareness through my work.
I mix several techniques in my illustrations. Usually I begin by writing some words, thoughts and ideas. Sometimes I even make small diagrams to clear my mind. Once I am sure about my idea, I begin a sketch with coloured forms, I scan and move on to compose and edit on my computer.
I love both, I will always have my heart split. I am lucky to be able to work in both countries.
The first artist I liked was Kandinsky, I discovered him when I was really young in an exhibition in Madrid with my mum. I think I am influenced by him ever since. I also love Chagall.
Furthermore, I love the work of many illustrators, especially Paul Cox, Yara Kono, Roger Duvoisin, Yann Kebbi and Fredun Shapur.
Spanish ham!!! But I am also addicted to Belgian fries, I love them!
Book: Les Identités meurtrières, Amin Malouf
Film: Relatos salvajes
Music: Indie folk, cumbia and reggae. Impossible to choose only one music group.
2015-2017 ~ Two years PhD - Doctorat en Art et Sciences de l’art. Académie Royale des Beaux - Arts de Bruxelles (Arba-Esa) and Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Brussels, Belgium.
2015 - at present ~ Bookbinding. Académie des Beaux-Arts Jean-Jacques Gailliard, Brussels, Belgium.
2012-2014 ~ MA in illustration (research focus). Arba-Esa and ULB, Brussels, Belgium.
2011-2012 ~ Bachelor’s degree. Bachelor of Fine Arts. 3rd year Erasmus. Arba-Esa, Brussels, Belgium.
2009-2011 ~ Bachelor’s degree. Bachelor of Fine Arts. Granada University, Spain.
2008-2009 ~ Multidisciplinary artistic education. Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, UK.
2005-2008 ~ Bachelor’s degree. Graphic Design. Istituto Europeo di Design, Madrid. Spain.
2017 ~ Itinerant exhibition Images-Valises. Curated by Fotokino. Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France.
2017 ~ Dreams are for real. Bily Contemporary Art Work. Commonplaces art gallery. Brussels, Belgium.
2016 ~ Exhibition at the Illustration Festival Cinq sur cinq, Fotokino. Marseille, France.
2016 ~ Collective exhibition Parcours d’artistes de Saint Gilles. Brussels, Belgium.
2016 ~ PhD students exhibition. Exposer/démontrer. Les écarts de la recherche en art. Dexia Art Center. Brussels, Belgium.
2015 ~ Ilustrísima. Salón del dibujo y la ilustración. Museo ABC. Madrid, Spain.
2015 ~ Stripart. XX Mostra d’art jove Horta-Guinardó. Centre civic Guinardó. Barcelona, Spain.
2014 ~ Collective exhibition. Parcours d’artistes de Saint Gilles. Brussels, Belgium.
Spain ~ Balia por la infancia, Madrid; V Jornadas de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil de Extremadura, Cáceres.
Belgium ~ A.S.B.L. Le Wolf; A.S.B.L. Animation et Créativité; A.S.B.L. Jeunesse à Bruxelles; Le Brass, Centre culturel de Forest; Libraire le rat conteur; La Tricoterie - Fabrique de liens, Plataforme culturel Le Vecteur.
France ~ Studio Fotokino, Marseille.
2016 ~ Finalist laureate at Images-Valises. Studio Fotokino, Marseille, France.
2016 ~ Selected at VII Catálogo Iberoamericano de Ilustración. Fundación SM, El Ilustradero and Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara. Mexico.
Balkan Project, Live multidisciplinary performance (music, storytelling and illustration). Belgium - Greece. Kalliopi Bolovinou, flute; Yiannis Efstathopoulos, guitar; Bernadette Heinrich, storyteller; Teresa Arroyo, illustration / live drawing. With the collaboration of Asbl Kaléidoscope
2016 ~ El ilustrador, un creador polivalente. Un encuentro no casual entre el lenguaje verbal y visual. V Jornadas de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil en Extremadura. Spain.
2014 ~ Alteridad y singularidad. Una analogía entre las figuras sociales del artista y del extranjero. ULB, Brussels, Belgium.