Chasing Dragons since 1973
Forjador January 2, 1995

This is my little corner in the cyberspace where I can share with the rest of the planet what is going on in my world.

When I started working as a Graphic Designer (many moons ago), you was expected to get your hands dirty regardless of the job. There wasn’t such a thing as a specialist, every day you were kept on your toes by facing multiple challenges, whether it was creating the layout for an interactive kiosk or designing the label for a bottle cap. As a designer you had to have solid core skills such as a keen eye for detail and composition as well as a good knowledge of colour and typography. You had to be battle-ready and possess a great sense of humour…

Fast forwarding 20 years (I started young!) my working ethos remains the same. There is nothing wrong with being a specialist, I have a passion for illustration myself. But when it comes to design, I’m a problem solver, ready to jump where the action is.

You can find some samples of my artwork on my portfolio, but if you want to know in detail about my favourite pieces, then I suggest to have a look at my blog. It is there where I can expand my thoughts fully, showing not only finished artwork but sketches, doodles and work in progress. I am also now on Facebook, TwitterLinkedin and Instagram.  For some reason people seem more open to comment on Facebook , which I’m keeping up to date with the blog.

Regarding illustration, once I read: “The devil might be in the details, but so is the heart of a story”, I couldn’t agree more. My favourite subjects are sci-fi and dark, gritty, fantasy. My weapon of choice is the humble ballpoint pen for drawing and shading. I normally paint my illustrations digitally using a good old Wacom. Though I prefer sketching with pencil first to then scan my artwork into the computer.

I started blogging out of my love for Warhammer and I had for many years a blog called Portraits of War, which was heavily focused on the Warhammer universe. On that region of the Immaterium I’m known as Forjador (pronounced: For-ha-door).

My other interests include playing video games (it all started with an Atari 2600!), reading (paper books > ebooks) and studying martial arts. Karate, Kendo and Judo are important milestones in my life.

-Manuel Mesones (Forjador)


Manuel Mesones is a Peruvian graphic designer and illustrator. Running away from the sun, he moved to Yorkshire, England, over a decade ago. His weapon of choice is a ballpoint pen but he is also very keen on digital illustration.

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