The designer and illustrator María José Da Luz divides her time working as a freelancer, teaching workshops of embroidery, illustration, handcrafted stamps and felt works, and of course, spending her free time with her friends and family, or simply drawing. With a simple, lovely and colorful style, each project of Mary begins by putting her idea in a digital way and doing the technique "test-error" until the moment that she feels satisfied with the result. Keep reading this exclusive interview to get a closer look into María’s style!


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TH: What is your approach to graphic design?
MJD: Children’s illustration.

TH: What is your favorite theme to design?
MJD: Animals and characters.  

TH: What inspires you and how do you stay motivated?
MJD: To know that I live (professionally and economically speaking) of what I love to do. Get positive feedback from my work. Knowing the power of an image, and how it can give positive things that can change the day of a person.



TH: What do you think are the things that an artist has to deal with? 
MJD: With the devaluation of our work. Constant plagiarism.

TH: What are some of your most memorable projects?
MJD: A couple of years ago I worked in an editorial in New York called “Power Press Kids”, we made a collection of 6 illustrated books, I really enjoyed the experience.
In the course of my career, I have made social campaigns to collect funds for social causes. A very memorable was the #teamdani for a child who was an expensive operation. We contributed with more than $2,000. For me, the projects that move and unite people for a good cause are the most memorable.
And finally, in 2015 I made a project of portraits from photos, (which became viral thanks to BoredPanda). I made 200 portraits for people in Vietnam, Australia, Indonesia, USA, and India. Breaking barriers with art is very gratifying. 



TH: How do you find out about Talenthouse?
MJD: It was so long ago that I don't remember, but I'm almost sure it was through Facebook.

TH: So far, what is the most important lesson you’ve learned about your career?
MJD: The perseverance and humility can take you to amazing places.



TH: If you could collaborate with someone, who would it be and what would be the nature of the project?
MJD: Something of social nature (ONG project), something that inspires to change the world in a positive way. 

TH: Professionally, what is your main goal?
MJD: Keep growing, evolving, inspiring others, sharing what I know, motivating others to find what they love and fight for it. Export more of my work, take it to other latitudes and make interesting alliances.



TH: What advice would you give to someone who is going to start his/her career as an artist?
Patience, perseverance, and passion. Customers do not grow out overnight, you have to work hard, not stay in your comfort zone. Be humble, open to criticism and recipient of advice.

TH: Are you currently working on a project that you want to talk about?
This 2019 I have many projects. I want to explore more the illustration, make a draft of illustrated phrases, and hopefully some publication with it. My goal with these projects is to remind ourselves that we are worth it, we are important!


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