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Fede Cook, Illustrator, Animator & Art Director at COOK Animations

Fede Cook, Illustrator, Animator & Art Director at COOK Animations

Published by Leonardo Calcagno

Who are you :

I’d say I’m a normal guy on a journey of self-formulation who uses art as a tool for sharing my own experiences and lessons learned.

Your current job :

Illustrator, Animator & Art Director at my own company COOK Animations. Also part of The Path Of Art, a project where we share lessons learned along our journey through art.

In which city are you located?

Currently Montevideo. But I’m about to move to the beautiful countryside of Maldonado department

A word to define what kind of worker you are :

Fast! but never hurry

What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..)

Software: Illustrator, After Effects

Social networks: Instagram, Dribbble, Behance

Apps: Google Drive, Habit List, Spendee, Splitwise, Intervals, Spotify

What does your office space look like?

A lot like myself 🙂

What kind of music do you listen to when you are working?
Very different styles. It depends on how I wanted to affect my energy level, my emotion and focus. When working on repetitive tasks I tend to listen to podcasts, interviews, documentaries, etc.

Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work?

I focus on the main project of the day and use the mini-breaks to answer emails, finish edits of other projects or phone calls. I also take an hour break at the middle of the day and do some High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) cause it clears my mind.

What tips would you give to improve productivity?

Decide how much time you’re gonna spend on every single activity and set a timer. Most people believe they don’t have enough time, but it’s mainly because they don’t really decide how they want to use it.

You’re better than your colleagues to :

Synthesize or conceptualize maybe

What is the best advice anyone has given you?
That manifest a dream takes a lot of effort and self-discipline, but it’s worth it 🙂

What is your best tip for saving time?
Use headphones and let everyone knows you’re busy so they think twice before they speak to you. It could sound a little bit antisocial, but you have to protect your time. It’s yours. Use it wisely.

What is your routine start and end of the day?

I try to keep a morning routine to boost my energy by doing some amazing shamanic exercises I learned some time ago. I used to be pretty skeptical about these things but they really make a difference. I also try to read at least 20min in the morning.

At night I don’t really have a routine. I just try not to stay awake too late.
Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without?

Does my guitar counts?

Montevideo city guide xFede Cook 

01. Café

Allegro CafĂ© – Super cozy and inside the beautiful Solis Theatre


Fabric Sushi – Really tasty cuisine from various countries (not only sushi)


18 de Julio streets – Lots of stores plus you can take a look at the city. It also finishes in Sarandi street which is a nice part of the old city.


Tienda Inglesa – If you’re looking for the most variety


Fundacion Achugarry in Maldonado. Awesome park and museum | | | | | Instagram The Path Of Art: