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Martin Laksman is an illustrator and designer whose graphic and bold style is heavily influenced by pop culture and crazy characters. Martin has brought a little of the light and the dark side to Urban Threads, with his charmingly dark creation Anhellito.

The devilishly cute Anhellito is available in machine embroidery and hand embroidery formats for your crafting pleasure.

Tell us a bit about your background --  how did you get into art?

To tell you the truth, I don't think myself as an artist. I’ve drawn since I can remember, and that led me to study graphic design. Later both combined to make me an illustrator.

As an illustrator, I have an important communication background. I always try to illustrate a piece while having in mind that the people that will look at it have to clearly understand what I am saying.

Tell us a bit about your design and the story behind it.

Anhellito is a character that had its first version a few years ago, as two characters that had "common" points that we usually see in bad or good characters. What I really wanted to say with him is that we all have a little bit of both inside. What looks bad is not always entirely like that, and vice versa. That's why his name origin is Angel + Hell =AnHell. This is my latest, renewed version of him.

What inspires your work?

Mostly popular culture, but also everything that is around. Movies, TV series, and music all fuel my days and eventually give life to my illustrations. We are an accumulation of the things we like.

What’s your studio/workspace like?

I work in a design studio that I share with two other partners, and at home. They are clean spaces, and quiet ones. All I need to work, besides my computer, is coffee and music.

What’s your favorite handmade craft you’ve ever made?

I'm not much of a handmade kind of guy, but I’ve recently gotten interested in paper toys. I want to look more into it.

Finally, if you were a Crayola color, what color would you be?

Definitely, red.

You can see more of Martin's work on his website.

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