Illustrated Musings, a blog by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

Little boy eating pink ice cream

Personalized Gift Wrapping Paper

The pink ice-cream eating kid doodled above is my adorable nephew…
October 16, 2019/by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson
mixed media sketchbooks covered in french bread packaging by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

French Bread-Themed Sketchbooks

Call me creative-crazy but I've been collecting product packaging…
August 31, 2019/by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson
acrylic painting in the starting phase by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

Acrylic Painting: A Starting Point

This acrylic painting "starting point" came about because my…
August 28, 2019/by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson
chalk marker wall doodle by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

Chalk Marker Wall Doodle

So if you've not physically yet drawn with chalk marker on any…
August 3, 2019/by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson
Human anatomy rendering in charcoal pencil by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

Human Anatomy Drawing Assignment

My grad school MFA program's summer term this year includes a…
July 23, 2019/by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson
Marker art doodle of young girl by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

Quick Marker Art Doodle

This was a super-speed marker drawing of a young girl waiting…
June 13, 2019/by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson
Chinchilla drawing sketch by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

Drawing Animals

I have nothing against drawing animals and will draw them if…
April 21, 2019/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
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