My illustration technique is based on the use of light to model shapes and create textures. The illustrations resemble paintings on canvas.
Lights and shadows are represented by brushstrokes in shades of gray until shapes are defined. Finally, color is applied and the artwork comes to life.
I'm always doing research on new techniques. I've been lucky to always have work, but in my spare time I try to read as much as I can about composition, color theory and human figure drawing.
Although I'm always pushing me forward to achieve better results each time it's also really important to make my clients happy and that they feel satisfied when receiving their printed books.
I'm always in search of new drawing and painting techniques which hlep me improve the quality of my work. I'm also interesting in achieving new ways of intertwining the text with the illustrations in the pages layout design.
I'm really grateful with all my clients for always encourage me to continue producing illustrations for children's books. I mostly work for self-publishing authors (usually for hte first time) and it's really rewarding. I hope I can provide a better service each time.
And of course the final goal is to make kids happy and enjoy reading a book which is really important for thier development.
“I have enjoyed working with Marina. She is able to think conceptual about pictures to bring a story across, she is flexible to adjust the process if necessary and make sure you get the result you need. I can absolute recommend working with her!”" — Eelko Hamer.
"Marina was a joy to work with. She was very patient, and brought ideas to the table that I never would have thought of on my own. Her creativity brought my story to life, and she was happy to edit images I wanted changed. She always responded in a timely manner and made me feel like my project was her top priority."— Colleen LeMaire. US
"Working together again was great! Marina was professional, very efficient in terms of quality of work and schedule and I look forward to working with her again on my next project."— Sandra Amoako. US