Manuel Figueiredo

Manuel Figueiredo - Designer

Cologne, Germany

Artist and Illustrator. I aim for a unique art style and I am fascinated with details. Easy-going, but dedicated fully to the end result.

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I'm an illustrator from Lisbon, currently based in Cologne (DE). I've completed a degree in the Fine-Arts (Sculpture), but have also taken many classes in drawing and illustration. My focus has been the anatomy of the human body and enclosed landscapes. I've taken classes in anatomy and live drawing for this reason. Recently, I've been trying to expand this into a cartoon(ish) dimension, as it helps me create more varied paintings and with a hint of naivety that I like to see in illustration work.
My professional work has been entirely freelance based, and I take pleasure in working with clients across the world. A recent example of this is the web series "cheeky bites" which I do in collaboration with comedic writer Nicholas Maffe (Los Angeles). Short sized, food based, web comics of which you'll find examples in this page.
Other clients have included school books, musical imagery, video game art, etc,.
In my work, I try to keep a relaxed attitude with those I work with, as I like to involve myself in the projects if there's room for it. Illustration is part of my job, but I have other aptitudes too. For example, I also write, play music and have worked in small video game projects. That is to say that I like to see projects in their entirety so that the illustrations become a natural part of the whole concept.
I try to be dynamic and my technical skills should allow me to adapt to diverse styles of work. So, whatever your idea, feel free to discuss it with me directly.
Comics & Graphic Novels
Science Fiction


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts

Work experience


August, 2017 – Present (over 4 years)

I work with clients worldwide with commissioned illustrations. Feel free to contact me with requests.

Manuel has 3 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Marick Henry
Manuel is an incredibly talented and thoughtful artist, and a wonderful collaborator! He was extremely professional, considerate, and patient throughout the entire process. More than that, he fully invested in my project, taking the time to learn about the story and its characters, and refining every detail until the illustration was perfect. I highly recommend Manuel, and can't wait to collabo...
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Marick Henry, June 2021

Scott Baker
Mr. Figueiredo has exceeded all expectations, having created a masterful book cover while having kept me informed during each step of the design process. I reminded him over and over again that I couldn’t have chosen a better artist to collaborate with, and I meant it wholeheartedly. I am so impressed with Mr. Figueiredo’s diligence and expertise, in fact, that I plan on working with him again...
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Scott Baker, December 2019

Amy Hunt
Manuel was always friendly and made sure he understood my request. What made me feel most comfortable is that, after I proposed my original idea, he replied with examples of the likeness he could provide. He followed through the whole way and was patient with my adjustments.

Amy Hunt, November 2019

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