María J. Guarda

mariajesusguarda@gmail.com
mjguarda.com

I was born and raised in Chile where I studied Design. I worked as a graphic designer, always trying to include illustration to my work. Little by little illustration started to gain more space in my practice and passion. On 2012 I arrived to London to study an MA in Illustration to understand more of the field. With the company of my toddler daughter I began to dive into vibrant picture books with a new pair of little eyes. I discovered that children’s illustration was what I enjoyed the most and decided to go to Cambridge to study the MA Children’s Book Illustration, which made me submerge into this great world.

When creating my own illustrations I like challenging myself to try different media and sorting out what could work best for telling stories. I very much enjoy every project as a new journey. I think about how my way of creating images may narrate and at the same time show my vision of the story being told.

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