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

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Mayra Ruiz-McPherson: a self-portait

In progress means still in training. Or maybe more like refinement.

Either way, I have more than 20 years of commercial design experience under my belt.

This experience includes:

  • graphic design
  • interface design
  • brand and identity
  • packaging and signage
  • advertising
  • marketing collateral
  • newsletter design
  • email design
  • social media

Despite all my design experience, I never once thought I’d pursue illustration.

That just had not been the plan, or so I thought.

Illustration hadn’t ever really been on my radar until only in the last few years when I started thinking about what’s next in my design career. Where else can I take my design experience beyond where’s it’s been and all I’d done, I wondered.

You can read more about my journey and background in my FAQs here.

For now, here I am working on adding illustration to my design repertoire.

Learn along with me and see how my illustration styles and ideas unfold. I will also share current projects as well as review art books, art supplies, as well as digital tools (like apps or software) along the way.

Thanks for being here!

Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

 

 

 

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

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Sketching lettering ideas for a children's book title during summer road trip

I was on Route 17 South, headed towards Myrtle Beach with my family when this lettering idea came to me.

It’s for a children’s book featuring a day in the life of an adorable, bi-racial little girl.

I have to tweak this more but I’m really liking where this sketch is going.

Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

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Dino Boy: A Character Concept Created by Brandon

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Dino Boy character concept by Brandon Ruiz-McPherson

Dino Boy is a dinosaur-like creature kid from several galaxies away. His spaceship crashed on planet Earth next to a laboratory managed by the outcasted mad scientist, Dr. Zuk.

The above tale intro comes from the vivid imagination of a young man, Brandon, who just so happens to be my son.

Brandon invented The Adventures of Dino Boy & Dr. Zuk, a story about the zany adventures of an alien-human duo who cause havoc and mayhem everywhere they go, despite their best intentions not to do so.

This is a personal, self-publishing project that will take some time to illustrate.

Illustrator and upcoming comics author Brandon Ruiz-McPherson in Sterling, Virginia

It will require me to go through many of Brandon’s doodles and drawings (across several composition notebooks) to bring his fun character ideas and content to life.

Children's comic and graphic novel idea and illustration by 10-year old Brandon Ruiz-McPherson

Snapshot into Brandon’s comic theme and series ideation.

This is happening.

I’m not sure when this self-publishing project will be ready as I often get side tracked by client work and grad school assignments, but it is underway and I’m excited and proud to partner with my son to make his creative ideas an illustrated reality.

Stay tuned!

Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

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