“I do believe in the power of story. I believe that stories have an important role to play in the formation of human beings, that they can stimulate, amaze and inspire their listeners.”

– Hayao Miyazaki

Maxie Gonzales

As an international student, coming to the UK to study has been a very transformative experience, not only as a person but as an artist. From building skills and finding new fields to explore, I found myself experimenting with a little bit of everything until I discovered approaches to my work which I think define and represent me.

I mainly focus on using traditional materials such as watercolours and coloured pencils, but I am also very keen on using digital mediums to finish and polish my work to its best possible result. With these techniques
I like to create pieces that will be suitable to convey a message in the form of stories, mine or someone else’s.

What I enjoy the most is being able to put in images, ideas and stories so that through my illustrations they can come to life. In the future I will probably focus on working freelance as an illustrator, in the hopes that I can not only translate my own ideas into art, but also many other people’s ideas as well.