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

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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A Charlie Kind of Day

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

Our family was recently driving down Route 17 South, headed towards Myrtle Beach, when this lettering idea came to me.

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

I’ll have to tweak this pencil drawing a bit more and then create the digital artwork.

For now, sharing my initial sketch and will share more as this develops further.

Mayra Ruiz-McPherson