When I’m not exploring, I’m at home making things while singing my heart out and drinking lots of tea.
Michelle Carlos

Already considered an elder millennial, I was born and raised in the Philippines by mathematicians and educators. However I preferred doodling on walls until I discovered papers and crayons. Later I became more prolific with various media, which earned me creative skills and a degree in Fine Arts. My staunch resistance to becoming a fine artist made me pursue filmmaking but instead veered towards a decade-long career in post production and media conservation.


In search for happiness, I traveled and lived in Singapore, Germany, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. Cancer and unemployment as an expat woke up the dormant artist in me, which pushed me to relearn the craft, improve my skills and develop my style through daily practice and self study.


My travels, childhood memories, dreams and exposure to cultures around me greatly influence my visual vocabulary, which are now translated into the children's books that I illustrate and write. I also hope to break into the German art scene while I strive to influence and inform newcomers in the world of illustration through my stories and tutorials.

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Represented by Astound Illustration Agency. For inquiries please reach out to contact@astound.us.