About


Hi, I'm designer & illustrator Monique Cucchi. Welcome to my cabinet of curiosities.

According to sources*, I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil. Call it a gateway drug. Since then, I've tried just about every hobby that can be classified as art (and many that can't). Some have stuck. Some haven't.

Drawing remains my oldest and truest friend.

I graduated from the UMBC Linehan Artist Scholars Program in 2010 as a valedictorian finalist with a BA in Graphic Design, a BA in Costume Design, a penchant for overcommitment, and a lot of anxiety.

Ever the practical workhorse, I let financial stability guide my career decisions in early adulthood. I worked my way up the ladder and became the creative director of a fintech startup before the age of 30. Throughout this process, I’ve learned that money and stability aren’t enough. I believe that we must learn to realize our own fulfillment before we can expect to cultivate it in others. As such, I’ve grown to understand that I am most alive when I create things that amuse me, inspire me to initiate positive change, and help me feel connected to the universe and its inhabitants. It is from this place that Crooked & Beautiful was born.

Crooked & Beautiful is a place to laugh, love, and get a little weird. Life isn't perfect, but sometimes it can be pretty cool and I'd like to use my tiny corner of the internet to spread as much humor, honesty, and connection as I can.

When I’m not illustrating, designing, or business building, you’ll find me hanging out with my cats, organizing something, studying aikido, practicing yoga, running, baking bread, making jewelry, attending rock shows, performing rock shows in my shower, or drinking with friends.

Check out my latest sketches on Instagram, @crookedandbeautiful.

If you're interested in custom work, please visit the Work With Me page.

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