About me

Hi, I'm Sandra Ortuño! 

I'm a freelance illustrator, graphic designer and animator. I'm from sunny Valencia (Spain) but I currently live in a small lovely house with a small lovely garden in rainy Cambridge (UK). I love drawing, sending letters, bright colours, photography, travelling, languages, animals, cartoons, cake, music, books and... sunny weather. 

You can usually find me looking at cat and pug pictures on the internet while my coffee gets cold, feeling privileged for being the only one who understands the crappy song lyrics in Zumba class while trying not to stumble or pestering neighbour cats. 

What other people say about my work 

"Don't touch me." - Whiskers Purrington, PhD
"She absolutely can't draw anything else besides rainbows and unicorns puking glitter." - A lady from the depths of rural Spain
"What's for dinner?" - Bf. 

People that I've worked for 

• La Claqueta Guillotina (Spain)
• International Culture Exchange (Spain)
• Beat the Brochure (UK)
• Fruit for the Office (UK)
• Círculo Ilusionista Riojano (Spain)
• packed munches (UK)


2011 V Curso Internacional de Ilustración y Diseño Gráfico at Fundación Santa María de Albarracín (Albarracín, Spain)
2009-2010 Professional Illustration Advanced Course at the Escuela Superior de Arte y Diseño (Valencia, Spain)
2008-2009 Art and Industry in Animation Diploma by the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain) majoring in stop-motion animation 
2006-2007 Erasmus academic year at Southampton Solent University (United Kingdom) with a major in animation 
2002-2008 Degree in Fine Arts by the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain) 

Animation festivals 

Animac 2008 (Lleida, Spain), FIAE 2008 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Animated Dreams 2009 (Tallinn, Estonia), Cortocomenius 2009(Valencia, Spain), Anima 2010 (Brussels, Belgium), Animac 2010 (Lleida, Spain), Cortomieres 2010 (Mieres, Spain), Animabasauri 2010 (Bilbao, Spain), Animadrid 2010 (Madrid, Spain), Festival de Cortos de Aguilar de Campoo 2010 (Aguilar de Campoo, Spain), II Concurso de Cortometrajes de RNE (Madrid, Spain), Certamen de Cortometrajes de la Malvarrosa 2010 (Valencia, Spain), Animac Mòbil 2010, V Curso Internacional de Ilustración y Diseño Gráfico (Albarracín, Spain), Animasivo 2012, 28º Festival de México (México DF, México)


2011 Collective illustration exhibition "Fetichismos" (Sex PlaceValencia Disseny Week, Valencia Spain)
2011 Collective illustration exhibition "Aventura de Paper" (Fira del Llibre 2011, Valencia, Spain)
2011 Solo illustration exhibition (Casa del Libro, Valencia, Spain)
2011 Collective illustration exhibition "Ilustradores en su tinta III" (APIV, Valencia, Spain)
2010 Solo illustration exhibition "Cuchufritos" (Laboratorio, Valencia, Spain)
2010 Collective illustration exhibition "No me cuentes cuentos" (Arte&Facto, Valencia, Spain)
2008 Collective animation exhibition "Proyectando" (Museu de la Rajoleria, Valencia, Spain) 


2010 1st prize at II Concurso de Cortometrajes de RNE for "Salsito" (Madrid, Spain)
2010 Bancaja-UPV award for "Un Viaje por Aragón" (Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain)
2010 1st prize at Certamen de Cortometrajes de la Malvarrosa for "Salsito" (Valencia, Spain)
2009 2nd prize at 1ª Mostra de Cinema Lliure by La Impròpia for "Gatoto's hanging thing" (Valencia, Spain)
2008 1st prize at 2n Concurs d'Animacions per la Pau by Fundació per la Pau for "La teua defensa és la paraula" (Barcelona, Spain)