Illustrated Musings, a blog by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

Oil painting of toast breakfast dish by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

Oil Painting: Toast for Breakfast

In the fall of 2017, I took my first ever oil painting class…
January 14, 2019/by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson
Vintage bottle sketch drawings for still life

Still Life Sketch Drawings: Vintage Bottles

Still life thumbnails
I just found these 5-value thumbnail sketch…
January 3, 2019/by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson
Figure drawing illustration created using charcoal before digitization using Adobe Photoshop

Female Figure Drawing: Charcoal, Then Photoshop

Meet my model: Amanda
All kinds of sassy as she sported her…
September 11, 2018/by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson
Illustration and art design studio in Sterling, Virginia

My Illustration Design Studio Is on a Comeback

I still need some kind of curtain or window valence.
And wall…
August 15, 2018/by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson
Practicing composition in my drawings

Composition Practice Sketches In Vine Charcoal

Anyone serious about illustration (or art in general) recognizes…
June 16, 2018/by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson
Young child sketched using charcoal pencil

A Child’s Portrait Sketched with Pastel Pencils

I drew this young girl's portrait (in value only) using CarbOthello…
May 9, 2018/by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson
Illustration of sleeping passenger on United Airlines flight from Nicaragua to Houston, Texas

Pastel Pencil Illustration of Sleeping Passenger On Board United Airlines Flight Leaving Managua for USA

I have safely left Nicaragua --- a country now in full-blown…
April 28, 2018/by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson
Practicing ellipses with oil paints

Practicing Ellipses with Oil Paints

I really want to thank master oil painter Elizabeth Floyd for…
March 13, 2018/by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson
A pencil sketch doodle of a girl wearing studious glasses

A Doodled Girl

Here's a doodle of a young girl quickly sketched while attending…
February 17, 2018/by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson
Female face doodle with head proportions practice

Female Face Doodle with Special Attention To Head Proportions

I have a quite extensive selection of used drawing books.
October 9, 2017/by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson
Tall Trees And Scenic View In Reston, Virginia Using Chalk Pastels

Unfinished Exploration Using Chalk Pastels

I recently began to explore drawing with chalk pastels.
September 13, 2017/by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson
Mayra Ruiz-McPherson: a self-portait

Hi. My Name is Mayra. I’m an Illustrator (In Progress).

In progress means still in training. Or maybe more like refinement.
August 16, 2017/by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson
Sketching lettering ideas for a children's book title during summer road trip

Sketching Lettering Ideas for Children’s Book Title During Summer Road Trip

I was on Route 17 South, headed towards Myrtle Beach with my…
August 7, 2017/by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson
Dino Boy character concept by Brandon Ruiz-McPherson

Dino Boy: A Character Concept Created by Brandon

Dino Boy is a dinosaur-like creature kid from several galaxies…
September 29, 2016/by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson