From giraffes to fish, and from expressive characters to detailed floral renderings, Mariajose Gajate Molina – AKA Mariajo Illustrajo – is a versatile artist whose all-consuming passion for drawing has led her to become an accomplished illustrator.
Growing up in Spain there was never any question in her mind that she’d pursue a career creating images. After graduating from Madrid’s Art School 10 with a degree in illustration, Mariajo became a full-time freelance illustrator working from a studio in the city. She later decided to broaden her horizons and take a course in Graphic Communication at Bath Spa University, and graduated in 2015.
She continues to experiment with fresh styles and a variety of media, constantly learning and developing new techniques.
Mariajo is very flexible when it comes to media and techniques and works with acrylic, gouache and pencils. However, her favourite media are watercolour and pencils, which she uses for most of her work. Her compositions and her process are intuitive, and she uses her years of experience rather than a particular set of rules.
Free, innocent and naïve, according to Mariajo her style reflects her personality – nothing to hide. Her work is fresh and spontaneous, her colours are harmonious, and she can produce artwork in a range of styles from fun and cartoony through to carefully rendered realism.
Mariajo’s clients include Within Me Now, Solera Restaurant, Wayne Lindsay, Libracos and Utopic_us.