Hi! Hola! My name is Luisa Leal.
I’m an illustrator & designer born and raised in Venezuela. I've been living in the US since 2014 and now reside in Las Vegas, Nevada. From a very young age, drawing and creating were my form of expression. The colors and textures of my hometown, Maracaibo, inspired me and influences my work to this day. I create art that evokes happiness and beauty, mixing history, adventures, and personal experiences. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design and combined the technical skills with my passion for illustration to become a full-time artist.
Interesting facts about myself:
-I speak three languages: Spanish, English, and a little bit of French.
-Swimming and mountain biking are my favorite weekend activities.
-Every year at Halloween, I'm always excited to participate in artistic costume contests!
-When I was 12, I started a custom greeting card business and did over 100 handmade personalized cards.
Some of my favorite picture books are:
Dancing Hands By Margarita Engle/ Rafael Lopez. A new kind of wild by Zara Gonzalez Hoang. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena / Christian Robinson. The day you begin Jacqueline Woodson / Rafael Lopez.
Full description on my Linkedin profile
I'm constantly trying out new things, and my portfolio is a reflection of the many hats I've worn throughout my career. All of them have had an impact on how I design.
*Graphic Artist Intern at Pixar animation Studios (Coco and Cars 3)
*Game Visual Development Artist for Scientific Games, designing the look of premium content for gaming.
*Special Project Artist at the MGM Events production creating sets and props for top Resort events.
*Graphic Artist & Product Designer for Ulubulu, designing products for babies (Newborn to Toddlers). I created graphics for collections sold at Target, Nordstrom, and other retailers, and worked with the sales team on creating pitches for new products.
Professional Experience: Art direction, Illustration, character design, logo design, pattern design, apparel, packaging, baby’s fashion, stationery.
Technical Skills: Adobe Suite: Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Procreate / Zbrush, Substance & Stager.