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I'm an illustrator and designer, based in Portugal, specializing in children’s illustration, represented by The Bright Agency.

My passion for illustration goes all the way back to my childhood years when my enthusiastic urge to create and doodle was nurtured by family and educators since kindergarten, mostly through drawing, painting and collage. I even had a phase where the stairs and bedroom walls were my canvas (all this of course, when my parents weren't looking, ahah)!

I've graduated with a BA in Communication Design and since then I've illustrated both educational and picture books, children's magazines, edible gifts, created logos for small businesses/creative individuals and had the opportunity to collaborate with amazing people on all sorts of projects.

I spend my days creating for children's books and market, as well as, paper & gift products like greeting cards, chocolates and other creative projects. Most of my inspiration comes from nature and my everyday life, but it mainly originates from the ordinary and the imaginary. Using both traditional and digital ends, my work aims to inspire joy and creativity on both kids and kids at heart, while telling a small story on each detail.

To keep up with latest projects, see works in progress or just say hello, you can find me on Instagram and Twitter.

For work enquires, please see my contact page.


Benchmark Education • Capstone • Cricket Media

Educate2Empower Publishing • Hachette UK • Happy House (Darakwon)

Little Tiger Press • mySugar • Parragon Books

Scholastic US • Usborne Publishing • and more..


Workspace essentials?
Stack of paper for me to scribble and write to do lists, a mug with never ending tea, something to snack on and my Wacom Bamboo tablet.

Favourite subjects to illustrate?
Children characters and yummy food with lots of nature bits and bobs.

Are your illustrations made digitally or traditionally?
Both! I like mixing the two.

What tools do you use?
I work on a pc laptop with my old, but still kicking, Wacom Bamboo pen tablet. My scanner and printer are both Epson and I also use a Huion light pad for sketching. Then depending on the project I use different materials and tools like mechanical pencils, chinese ink, gouache, Staedtler pigment liners, color pencils, etc.

Do you still do graphic/logo design work?
Yes! With my background in both graphic and communication design, I can create a fresh and cohesive identity that fits your needs and aesthetics and that will help you forge your creative path - more information + portfolio work. Feel free to contact me with some details about your design project.

What about when you're not creating?
During those times chances are that you’ll find me snuggled in a cozy spot either reading a good fiction/fantasy book, bullet journaling or watching the food channel, before going to the kitchen and do a fair amount of trial and error of cooking and baking.

Guilty pleasure?
Agatha Christie's Poirot and Murder, She Wrote reruns with tea and a snack or two. Oh, and staying in pj pants all day.. on a Monday!

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