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Illustrator Creates Imaginatively Cute Portraits of Kids Based on Photos

Illustrator Maria Jose Da Luz creates adorable, playful portraits inspired by a single photograph. Her work focuses on children, and she digitally draws their likenesses in a sweet, cartoonish style. Round faces, rosy cheeks, and over-sized heads are all part of her illustrations' charm. You can't help but want to smile at the sight of their cute faces!

In addition to illustrating each kid, Da Luz often adds a fun twist to every drawing. She'll transport the subject to another environment or include a buddy in their portrait. One photograph shows a child dressed in a Superman t-shirt, laughing as he's being tossed into the air by an adult. Da Luz's rendition still features the kid in mid-air, but this time it's with Batman. It's these amusing details that make her works memorable.

If you want one of these portraits for yourself, you're in luck. Da Luz is available for commissions through her Etsy shop.

Maria Jose Da Luz Etsy shop and Behance page
via [Bored Panda]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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