Mad Skills Monday 028: Marianna Madriz

Welcome to Mad Skills Monday, where we showcase top work from young creatives to bring some creative inspiration to beat the post-weekend blues. Today we have the Latin American-inspired illustrations and comics of Marianna Madriz.

Power tool: HB pencil + Photoshop
Power song: La ciudad de la furia – Soda Stereo
Power snack: Skittles and Chai tea

Originally from Venezuela, Marianna’s work is heavily influenced by Latin American culture, vintage illustrations and Bossa nova music. These inspirations come together through screenprints and drawings of adorable, child-friendly characters, lively animals and brightly-colored patterns. Despite currently being a student, she has already produced work for a range of websites and zines.

Marianna is currently in her final year of BA Illustration at Arts University Bournemouth and will be exhibiting her work as part of her year group at the High Noon Show on the 2nd – 5th July at the Embassy Tea Gallery in London.

Illustration inspired by the song 'Águas de Março' by Tom Jobim, for Exquisite Collective.

Illustration inspired by the song ‘Águas de Março’ by Tom Jobim, for Exquisite Collective.

Screen print inspired by traditional clothing seen during a trip to Mexico.

Screen print inspired by traditional clothing seen during a trip to Mexico.

OTIK

Illustration for Mash Media Cafe’s article “A Collaborative Business Model” in OneThingIKnow.co.uk.

Illustration inspired by "Tonada de luna llena" (Tune of full moon) by Venezuelan singer Simón Diaz.

Illustration inspired by “Tonada de luna llena” (Tune of full moon) by Venezuelan singer Simón Diaz.

Fox play

Fox play

A screenprint of Latino characters as a textile pattern.

A screenprint of Latino characters as a textile pattern.

Comics are another of Marianna’s major influences, and she has created short stories in comic form for various clients.

The Village comic page

‘The Village’: an upcoming story about an Aztec village.

Comic strip contributed to Trubble Club's 'Infinite Corpse' project.

Comic strip contributed to Trubble Club’s ‘Infinite Corpse’ project.

Some of her designs have transferred off the paper medium into T-shirt and jewellery designs and wooden puzzles.

Cat shirt

Cat shirt

Jigsaw creatures

Jigsaw puzzle

You can check out more of Marianna’s work at her website and Tumblr, and you can follow her on Twitter.

Want us to show off your mad skills? We’re always looking for young creatives, students and graduates to showcase for our Monday feature, so send us an email with some samples or a portfolio link with the subject line “Mad Skills Monday” to team@shellsuitzombie.co.uk and we’ll check you out!

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