MRM Illustration by visual artist Mayra Ruiz-McPherson

Creative Strategist, Visual Artist, and Illustrator Mayra Ruiz-McPherson brings 25 years of seasoned, hybrid design experience to creative projects.

In between freelance, art licensing, and publishing projects, Mayra’s working toward completing her MFA in Illustration with the Academy of Art University.

Mayra also holds a second masters in Media Psychology and is founder of her own practice, ruiz mcpherson | media.

Charcoal Self Portrait in Chiaroscuro

Charcoal Self Portrait in Chiaroscuro

This self-portrait was drawn using charcoal, chiaroscuro style, on 24″ x 36″ newsprint.

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May 12, 2018

Chiaroscuro self portrait using charcoal by Mayra Ruiz-McPherson