Recently, I had the pleasure to meet Rodrigo Morlesin and preview his fantastic new book Luna Ranchera. The illustrations are BEAUTIFUL…full of color, life, emotion, and charm. And when Rodrigo pointed out the cameo appearance of himself and the book’s illustrator Mariana Ruiz Johnson? I just knew we needed to feature her on Studio Snapshots!
Also I wonder…who is that handsome bird in a hat at their table? That might have to remain a forever mystery. And now, let’s join Mariana as she takes us around her studio in Buenos Aires!
I’m an Argentinian illustrator and author, and I’m interested in exploring picture books of all kinds, from baby books to graphic novels. I have won some international contests such as the Compostela Illustrated Album Award, and the Silent Book Contest. I have published books on every continent, and my latest release in the United States is Luna Ranchera, written by Rodrigo Morlesin and published by Minerva.
My studio is a small room at the back of my house, in a residential neighborhood on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. To get to it, you have to cross a patio that we filled with plants.
There is a split glass window with blue and orange borders, which is what I like the most about that space, because it lets in the light and looks right at a monstera with impressively large leaves.
It is a very small space in which there is a desk with the computer, and the wacom cintiq. I have everything within reach, in drawers and shelves. I also posted some of my own drawings and those of my friends, which inspire me and make me feel accompanied.
When I have to do analog processes, I move everything to the side and spread out the paper and art materials.
Sometimes my black cat, Cuca, accompanies me.
Since I have small children and I like to change places to work, sometimes I move around the house and take “my studio” to different spaces. I like to share my materials and the creative process with them, so we often draw together, at the kitchen table or at a table in the patio. In that sense, it is common to see brushes and pencils in the kitchen, sketchbooks on the coffee table, Indian ink in the room where I sleep.
Images courtesy of Mariana Ruiz Johnson