When asked about her interests, illustrator Mariana Rodrigues quotes Edward O. Wilson’s book Biophilia: “The Biophilia hypothesis says there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems and an urge to affiliate with other forms of life,” she says. “This is how I feel about nature: an urge to always be around her.” Inspired by her love of nature and its surreal forms, Rodrigues creates intricate illustrations as a part of production agency Jelly London’s roster of artists, lending her talent to numerous projects, including ads, book covers and décor commissions. Her illustrations transport viewers into her imagination, shimmering with details layered on top of details. “I’m very attentive to detail,” she says. “Working with things so small that nobody else notices makes my illustrations much richer and more magical.” Her favorite project to date? “The botanical drawings of flowers, fruits and vegetables for How to Grow: A Guide for Gardeners Who Can’t Garden Yet,” she says. “It was my first time working on a book—a dream come true!”
From books to music videos, the work of this Brooklyn-based designer knows no bounds.