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

There is always a good reason

I was asked by a lady to paint a watercolor because she has seen one of my watercolors somewhere.  Because of that, I got excited and painted some more as options and prepared some other  illustrations, drawings and paintings, that travel to a far away land where the lady who ordered the  watercolor lives. Making the story short the lady that ordered the watercolor didn't want it anymore but because of her I got busy and sold many other drawings and paintings. Amén.  Here is part of the painting process of some of the watercolors.

My Shop

Last week I finally set up my first online shop in society6 - had fun doing it - and all the designs look great. Let's see how it goes. Here are some of the designs on the shop. Hope you visit :)


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.

Latin American Graphic Design by TASCHEN

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.

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". :)