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!
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?
MJD: 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?
MJD: 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!