STOP Gun Violence

This is a project/booklet I designed in 2010 when I was still a student at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. I chose the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (  and created a booklet that was  designed to make an impact, grab attention and give important information; crucial facts and how to help . Due to so many recent events of violence, I decided to post this. As a designer I like to mix textures, hand drawn vectors, and photography. The color yellow was inspired from the movie Kill Bill, (although here it doesn’t show up as bright). I tried to avoid typical black or red color on the background. On a personal note let’s hope things will change  S O O N. Let’s pray for those that need it the most. (Photography Credits Getty Images)


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A beautiful thought on love

Sandra Morales. 2012

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”  ― Pablo Neruda100 Love Sonnets

Advanced Illustrator

Illustration Sandra Morales. 2011

This illustration is based on the short story for kids Allison’s Alligator by S. E. Schlosser. I did this for my final project in my Advanced Illustrator class. We had to choose a short story  and draw/illustrate a specific ‘scene’ (not sure this is the right term) of the story. Quite a challenge. I don’t consider myself an illustrator. I knew it was going to be hard, because with illustration there are so many details. For projects like this, you need to practice, practice, practice; and have lots of patience. You also need to love what you do. I do love using Illustrator, and I did learn new things in this class. This is an ‘old’ project, created in 2011. Not all details are perfect, but for me, I did improve my skills and it reminds me of the things I can create with dedication, patience, and love.

Same subject different approach

Painting digitally is not something I do often. In my advanced Illustrator class we learned how to use the Bristle and the Blub brush. Our subject matter had to be a fruit and since I like drawing pears, not sure why, I decided to use a pear. Here is the original photo that I took from google search as a reference.


And here as the results of both types of brushes. 

Illustration S.Morales

It takes many ‘layers’ to do this, plus some extra patience. The left image is the Bristle brush, and the right image the Blub brush. I also did use the same pear concept and did another digital illustration but now in Photoshop and this time I didn’t have a reference. Remember I said I draw pears from time to time? Well, I just started drawing. 

by Sandra Morales. 2011

This one created in PSD, has different textures. Which one do you like best?