Argentinean illustrator María Luque sees drawing as a way of life. “When I’m not drawing, my days sometimes seem to drag,” she admitted in an interview with Flow Magazine. “Only when I draw, do I feel that time stands still in some way.”
The drawings themselves are fairly straight forward, focused mainly on women going about their everyday life. In one portrait a woman is seen petting a cat, while in another, a woman scribbles in her sketchbook.
“When I start, I already know if the drawing will succeed,” says Luque. As so, her work is fairly intuitive and quick, without relying on sketches. “I like to work intuitively—so that it’s almost as if my hands are putting something on paper themselves as opposed to me stopping at every movement,” she says. “I like going to a café or library to work; I listen to the conversations being had around me and look out the window at the people passing by.”
“Sometimes, if I am not completely satisfied with the end result, I prefer to throw the illustration away and start again because I know what didn’t work the first time round,” Luque says. Its this intuitive quality to her work that makes it especially relatable. Take a look for yourself: