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

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

AIGA Centennial Celebration

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

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". :)