© Mee Xiong (Mim Xyooj)

By HmongTales Staff

Mee Xiong from Minneapolis, Minnesota, the founder of esee magazine, is a graphic designer that enjoys making art that incorporates her Hmong heritage. When it comes to her art, she draws inspiration from the Hmong culture, music, and everyday life.

Art isn’t just a hobby for Mee; it’s also an escape from reality. “I create these artworks because they bring me joy, and I have unlimited creative freedom. It is like a place to rest from everything else happening in the world. It is a form of expressing, experimenting, and not being restricted in a box.”

© Mee’s Logo Design

Before Mee starts on a project, she likes to visualize and brainstorm in her head. Then, once she finishes this first step, she sketches and writes her ideas on paper. She also mentioned that some of her best ideas are when she’s spontaneous. She has worked on multiple spontaneous projects, from designing logos to illustrating for clients.

Digital drawing and graphic designing isn’t the only skill Mee acquired from school and enjoyed; she also likes to edit and retouch photos. Lately, she’s been into photography and has been experimenting with sky photography.

When asked if she was working on anything new, she stated that she was working on issue 2 of esee magazine. Esee (ib txhis) is a magazine that promotes Hmong creatives and helps inspire Hmong youth or anyone else who might be interested in the creative fields. Besides working on her next magazine issue, she also mentioned working on a surprise digital art project she plans to release as soon as completed.

Want to see Mee’s work? Check out her portfolio by clicking here.

Visit her Instagram by clicking here and esee magazine by clicking here.

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