Hello, I am Javier Medellin Puyou a.k.a. Jilipollo, an award winning Mexico based illustrator. I always find the fun in new challenges with different kind of commissions, which makes the job of an illustrator never boring and dynamic. I also do this for the money. When I have the opportunity to produce personal work, I illustrate the girls I will never have.
Having said this, I decided to take another step ahead in my life when I was still studying and tried to do what I enjoyed the most: illustration. At first, my lack of experience made me fail sometimes (there wasn’t many close information resources in that moment), but I decided to take it as an experience and continue trying. I had a girlfriend in those days, and lived together for some time. At certain point, it was really tough to hear her said illustration wasn’t a real job, and I should look for a “real one”, even if I started to get a few commissions already. It was an awful experience to feel not supported, of course, but I guess that’s when you learn the most. I decided to try to move on, choose better my next girlfriend and show my exgirl and myself I could make it if I really work for it. That helped me giving me extra motivation, so I produced more work, enhanced my skills, learn to market my work… etc. I REALLY wanted to become a successful illustrator. In these same days, I found out there was a Coca Cola poster contest, so I decided to participate… and it really surprised me when I realized I won the price! I think those situations were important phases that made me believe in this and gave me motivation.
PUBLICATIONS, MENTIONS AND AWARDS
Illustration now! vol. 4 (edit. Taschen) / Communication Arts Illustration / American Illustration 33 / Latin American Illustration 3, 4 (Winner Award), 5 (Winner Award), 6 (Winner Award and selected in “los Diez” (the 10) / Society of Illustrators of L.A. 51, 52, 53 (Silver Award), 55 (Silver Award), 56 (Bronze award) / Creative Pool Annual Winner 2015 / The 3×3 Illustration annual 11 and 13 Honorable Mention / 360º Asia Pacific Design / Afiches e Ilustraciones UP (Universidad de Palermo) / Sube tu Vida (Coca-Cola award winner poster) / Fashion Illustration (Liaoning Science and Technology Publishing House) / Young Illustrators Award, Berlin / Juxtapoz magazine / Hiiibrand “Best of best” award
Coca Cola / Google Plus / Banamex / ESPN / Mamas Gun / Aeromexico Airlines / Tasveer / Lufthansa Airlines / Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) / Anoto Pens / QUO magazine / Picnic magazine / Expansion magazine / Travel & Leisure magazine / CEO magazine / Variety Magazine / Aire Magazine / Tec Review Magazine / Accent Magazine / MOI Magazine / Biz New Orleans Magazine / Sabor Magazine / Fanatic Studio / Still Human / Chilango magazine / Creativepool / Red Cross Mexico / La Legendaria Brew Beer / la Última del Desierto Brew Beer / Victoria Beer / San José Brew Beer / Valle Brew Beer / Morfo Brew Beer / BOOM! Comics / Gain (Mr. Clean) / Afrín / Magus Brands
Mediamates / Group Publishing / BBDO / Peter Wolf / Culteva / Publicis / Plan.net / Hashtag / WeAreTheKash / Cocolab / Artek Creative / diecinueve36 / Kuter Casa productora
My work has been exhibited in New York, California, Mexico, Vienna and Berlin