This is Maria Loor's blog about the creative process on design, art and illustration and life sometimes.
I have been working on this large illustration on ink about the concept of being grateful and thinking about all the things I am blessed: my family, love, my art, health. It is still a work in progress on a large piece of paper and black ink, but I am having a great time doing it. Here I share some details and sketches.
I recently illustrated a series of whimisical trees in color pencil and watercolor, First I drew them in pencil, then I applied the watercolor. When dried I went over with the black pen and more layers of color pencil. They are available for download on www.dstock.co and my shop as pillows, mugs and prints :)
I love drawing this type of textures with the pen. Combining geometric and organic lines the give a great textured effect — I use them on fabrics, baskets and backgrounds.
One of the greatest honors I had in my career was to be invited to be part of this book published by TASCHEN among the best latin american graphic designers. The historic content and artist selection - curated by Felipe Taborda and Julius Wiedemann - makes this book a great asset in your design library... truly humbled and honored to be part of it.
Sketching with pencil on paper for several watercolors and paintings for the Crawfords house at the beach.
Starting the research process for the MLK "I have a Dream" poster, part of my series of "Faces of Love & Inspiration". The first part of the research process is letter size brush & ink quick drawings. Later on I will move to larger scale sketches. This series started with the poster to celebrate graphic designers some years ago (published by Taschen) and after that I did the one for Ella Fitzgerald shown earlier on this sketchblog.
Last night my chair design won the People's Choice Award at the AIGA Centennial Celebration at the Miami Ad School. The chair design event has taken place in different cities all across the United States to celebrate the 100 years of AIGA, the professional association for design. Yei! So grateful!! — Picture courtesy of AIGA. #AIGA100 http://t.co/dfd0IGk8Z2
I have been working in medium size format paintings with the graphic interpretation of "cara" and trying different color palettes. The format of 24" square feels right for this piece.
Ten years of faces through drawings and paintings, 2004-2014. Guayaquil, Quito, Buenos Aires, Londres y Miami.
Applying blue over pencil and charcoal and loving the sound, textures and layers of colors transforming.
Starting new work. Playas, trees — my forever favorite subject — and "chismosas". Bliss. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong." — Ella Fitzgerald
I found this quote on Oprah's e-newsletter and since then I have written it on all my journals and sketchbooks. A few years ago I designed a poster for a tribute to "the graphic designer"... which has a question mark and an exclamation mark on each eye of the face. I was looking at it the other day and saw that the question mark could become the heart and I thought of Ella's quote that I love very much. I tweaked the image a little and transformed into a "Tribute to Ella". :)