Hello šŸ‘‹šŸ½ I'm Mayra.

I am a mixed media illustrator and digital designer based near Washington DC.

After nearly 30 years of advertising design and creative direction, I'm incorporating more analog elements into my creative process to produce artwork with aĀ farĀ more human (versus computerized-only)Ā touch.Ā Ā 

Depending onĀ  my mood, time of day,Ā  or task at hand,Ā  I'm also ...Ā Ā 

  • a paper artist;
  • a surface pattern designer;
  • a printmaking enthusiast;
  • a lettering junkie;
  • a creative writer;
  • ... and most of the time, a graphic designer.

My mixed media illustration storyļ»æ

Once upon a time, I couldn't draw or paint much of anything.ļ»æ

See?! šŸ‘†šŸ½That's my first oil painting ever. Pretty awful, I know. But that'sĀ exactly how my illustration journey first began in the Fall of 2017: as an MFA graduate studentĀ and as a drawing (and painting) beginner.Ā 

But my real drawing and creative journey began ļ»æwell before 2017.ļ»æ

In fact, it began in childhood. My stepmom introduced me to crayons, coloring books, creative poems, drawing, and painting. All themed forĀ  kids, of course, but nevertheless, she single-handedly opened my eyes to what colors paired with words (and stories!)Ā could do.

That was then.ļ»æ

My early creative sparks steered me towards (and through) a fruitfulĀ graphic, content,Ā and marketing designĀ career; one that's spanned nearly 30 years.Ā 

But by 2017,Ā after years of computer-based design, I decided to pursue myĀ illustration and visual artĀ interests more seriously.

And now?

Today, I'm combining my extensive hybrid design and creative writingĀ backgroundĀ with mixed media illustration work.Ā 

While IĀ have severalĀ creative projects going,Ā I'm open to new and excitingĀ opportunities.

I'mĀ especially interested inĀ roles where IĀ can blend analog and digital media togetherĀ that breathe new life into ideas, brand content, products, stories, publications, and more.

Illustration MFA

While my Illustration MFA'sĀ concentration is on children's books, the immersive program included other areas, such as Editorial, Licensing, Packaging, Concept Art, Book Covers, Preliminary Art, and more.

Surface Design

Developing surface designs for products and apparel is something IĀ have great passion for, especially where the design elements include opportunities for inclusiveĀ characters or diverse patterns.

Editorial Illustration

Creating the corresponding visuals in support of a story, article, or news piece to attract and engage readersĀ  is something IĀ aspire to do for magazines, digital publications, ebooks, and more.Ā 

Children's Book

Visual narratives, character designs, and art for children's books, apparel, and other products is a joy to produce and render. IĀ long to help publishers develop the visual aspects for children's stories and more.Ā 

Illustration isn't justļ»æ about "drawing something."

Illustration allows us to convert or transition our mental content from something entirelyĀ abstract and hidden from othersĀ to something tangible and visible.

Through illustration, we canĀ "see" moods, experience emotions, and a host of other elements born from the depths of our introspections and interpretations.

~ Mayra

What can I illustrate for you today?

Need something, or someone, illustrated in my own, mixed media way, for a special occasion? Or maybe you'd likeĀ a series of drawings for your brand or publishing project?Ā 

Let's talk about it together!