In the spotlight: mava.ilustrada

In the spotlight: mava.ilustrada

Anyone who knows me well will know this: I absolutely adore art. Whether this be fine art, graphic design, Illustration, mixed media, textiles and so on and so forth, it just gets my heart racing and gives me those enthusiastic, warm, creative feels. During one of my many evenings scrolling through Instagram (I do other stuff, honest!) I somehow stumbled upon @mava.ilustrada and was instantly blown away by her smart, comic book style of Illustration paying homage to 90’s fashion, 80’s bands, film, pop-culture and historical figures.

It may surprise you that this isn’t Marcielle’s (Mar to her friends) full-time career, she’s a full-time architect and practices her illustration in her free time. So I thought I’d get in-touch with her to find out a bit more about the talented woman behind the pen, ink and paint brushes to find out what the future holds….

Q. Hey Mar! How long have you been drawing for and what was the inspiration behind starting your Instagram page?

A. Like many people I started drawing as a child but never took it seriously, you know? It was only few months ago when I quit my job as a teacher at a university that I really started to dedicate more time to illustration.

I started my Instagram account only this year for ‘Inktober’ and thought it would be a really cool way to keep me focused and maintain the regularity of my practice, and it was!  Since the first post I haven’t skipped a day (and don’t intend to… at least for a year ) and now my Instagram its full of dogs, bad imitations of old paintings and a tons of 80’s love!

The artist and her self-portrait

Q.What inspires you to draw? 

A. Oh, so many things! I love renaissance people; their clothes, jewels and shoes (the whole royal vibe). I must say my dogs (two small cute poodles that I named after machos from the 80’s movies: Braddock and Rambo) are so weirdly funny that I draw them constantly; as well as architecture and design of course.

Above all this, what more inspires me and consequently appears more in my illustrations, is pop culture of the 80’s and 90’s. I’m a nostalgic kinda gal! There were so many cool things in that era; I love the cheesy romantic music (Air Supply is my current obsession), the movies, the clothes ( high-waisted jeans are awesome) and whole culture of these particular decades.

Q. Who are some of your favourite artists/ Influences that we should check out? 

A. There are the coolest girls like Fran Menezes, Julia Bereciartu, Bea Torno ,Caroline Frumento and Taryn Knight, they all have amazing style and are certainly great influences to my work .

Also at the moment I’m in love with Riccardo Atzeni’s work. He’s an Italian illustrator that makes the most beautiful watercolors; they’re super cute scenarios with animals and movies references.

unicorn lady- MAr Illustration

Q. What would you like to be doing with your art? To me, it has the feel of a graphic novel/ comic book about it. Is this something you’d ever consider?

A. There are many things I’d love to do; a comic book about growing up in the 80’s and 90’s it’s definitely on my list. I’ve already started to illustrate some facts about my childhood and adolescence, silly things like the challenge of recording a perfect cassette tape, or the many lectures I took from the video store owner for forgetting to rewind the VHS. I would love to do a children’s book full of bands and singers that I love like Elton John, you could do a whole book just with his amazing wardrobe!

beach girls by Mar Illustrations

Q. You illustrations are just amazing and I’m sure I’m not the only person who’d like to buy one of your pieces. How do people contact you if they’d like to do this?

A. For now just by my instagram and by email Selling prints is something I want to do soon, most probably an Etsy store. I like the idea of having control about the process of selling my illustrations and having direct contact with people.

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Q. Would you do commissioned pieces for people?  

A. Sure! Actually, I already have done some. Mostly portraits of dogs (all dressed like royalty! with crowns and capes,very fancy ones) and famous architects. To me it’s a lot of fun doing these “original” pieces. I’m really looking forward to doing more of these.


Thanks Mar for your time answering these questions! It’s been a pleasure and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!

You can check out Mar’s work here

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All images and photograph's  provided by the artist herself.


  1. Mar
    December 20, 2016 / 10:23 pm

    Thanks for the lovely invitation .

    Let 2017 begin with a lot of work and love for everyone!


      December 21, 2016 / 11:12 am

      Thanks again Mar! It was a pleasure! x

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