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Big Love from Big Dogs by Mariana Ayala

Big Love from Big Dogs by Mariana Ayala

Honey Adraque
April 5, 2015
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They say that dogs are man's best friend. Well today, we will show you our featured talented artist for today who brings out her love for dogs as shown in her designs. Let us take a look and get inspired with her artworks. Have fun!

I make this illustration as a personal project, mainly to experiment with the creation of scenarios, light management, perspective,etc.
I own two dogs, Donna and Polly and I thought that it will be fun to make an illustration about them. I created this illustration based in the concept of how important are pets for some people, so I picture them bigger than the average size of a dog to represent how I feel about them and how important are in my life.

- Mariana Ayala


First I start with the clear idea of what I want to illustrate, what the message will be. Then I make some sketches to plan the composition and when I have the final sketch I vectorise it with Adobe Illustrator. Once I have vectors I apply the color in Adobe Photoshop, I start with the basic colours and then I make details, textures, shadows and lights using layers until I have the final illustration. I work with pencils and markers for the sketching part, and for the digital part I work with a Wacom Bamboo tablet.

- Mariana Ayala


About Mariana Ayala

Mariana Ayala is a 26 year old Mexican graphic designer and illustrator living in Aguascalientes, México. Since her early years in college, she knew that she wanted to be an illustratorso she started to develop her own style and technique. Influenced by the art of Gary Baseman, Hayao Miyazaki movies, classic children storybooks and all kinds of music. Her artwork can be described as oneiric, surrealistic and colourful. She’s inspired by everyday situations, love, people, animals and creatures from zombies to mermaids. Her first illustrated book “La pócima del diablo” by Fernando Yacaman, Viernes Editores is soon to be released online in Amazon and a printed edition on this month. A total of 11 illustrations for 11 stories about darkness, devils, death, witches, all this seen by the eyes of children. You can find more of her works on her Behance profile.

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