Mercedes Crespo was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and started making art when she was 14 years old. She came to the US to pursue her dream of making art and graduated with an animation degree. Mercedes found that she liked animation but not creating it; and ultimately felt as if she’d wasted four years of her life. She even considered giving up on art and going back to school to get into the medical field. Little did she know that decision was going to lead her where she is today.
After years of working many retail jobs, restaurants, electronic stores, and even small clinics, she finally found her real passion in life: character illustrations. Mercedes started out doing stickers for fun and when people liked the stickers and style, Yema was born. Mercedes is very happy with how much she’s grown as an artist and hopes to keep growing. She loves character illustration and t-shirt design is her passion. Regardless of how hard times may get, she will never leave it! Stay Yema!