Mariajo Ilustrajo

Children's Publishing

Un-commissioned | New Talent

Why did you make this work:
As a part of my Masters in Children's Books Illustration, at Anglia Ruskin University, I had to create a book. Theme and techniques were totally free, so I challenged myself to create a new visual language, different from what I usually produce, yet maintaining the freshness and spontaneity from my sketchbooks.

How was the illustration used:
This illustrations were part of my children´s picture book: Flooded, which I did for my last project at my MA, at Anglia Ruskin University.

How did you make this work:
With this book I worked to maintain the freshness and spontaineity that I was creating in my sketchbook, being able to translate into final artwork. The main technique used in this artwork was acrylic ink, with deep pen and dry brushes. I also used graphite for some textures. I assembled all images together and added color in Photoshop.

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Hello! My name is Mariajo.I was born in Madrid where I studied Illustration at the school of art, Arte 10. I’ve been a freelance illustrator since then, completing projects for a wide range of clients with some personal projects along the way.A few years after I finished my studies as an illustrator, I moved to Bath where I studied Graphic Communication at Bath Spa University.I believe learning never stops, so I am currently studying a Masters in Children´s Books Illustration, at Anglia Ruskin University, pursuing my dream of become a children's books illustrator/ author.I love experimenting with a lot of materials and getting my hands dirty but also using my computer.By exploring new ways of working, learning from a diverse range of people and discovering new places my imagination is fuelled. Every project is different and teaches me new things. I will never lose the excitement of a new commission.I LOVE what I do, so I am always ready for a new challenge!