This is Maria Loor's blog about the creative process on design, art and illustration and life sometimes.

And, when you want something...

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

                                                  — Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

My son took this pic of me working late at the my studio. I love this pic. This is where I get extremely busy, focused, productive and very VERY happy. Love my studio - thank you thank you thank you :)

MLK poster in progress

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.

MLK process poster-marialoordesign

Love and Inspiration


"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". :)