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visual artist and writer marisol diaz

i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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Sweet Illustrations for My Penpals

Here are two illustrations for two out of my now four penpals from my Indie 2.o class!

Samia's Illustraion my Holland based Pen-pal, by m. diaz

I did this one by hand as a quick illo in my sketchbook and decided to keep it for Samia's letter.

For Salmezan, I decided to play with a cupcake drawing I did in my sketchbook that I scanned into photoshop. I layered the background with collaged digi pics and placed in a font that I later hand outlined. It came out a bit too green,but I still like it.

An Illo for my London based penpal Salmezan by m.diaz

So here's a silly question for you! If you were a cupcake what kind of cupcake would you be?

Let me hear about your filling as well as your topping. For example you might be a chocolate cupcake with ganache and raspberry filling and pink icing,or you might be red velvet cupcake with butter cream icing. Do you have any sprinkles or a cherry on top?
Be creative, you're a cupcake!

P.S. It's not to late to join the April 4th Basket Giveaway Raffle! Just comment on every post since the GIVEAWAY post AND be sure to leave a NUMBER on your last comment on April 4th before 9pm!!! We've decided we will VIDEO TAPE the number drop through the bingo cage to reveal our HONEST attempt to fairly choose a winner!

Reader Comments (21)

What kind of cupcake? That's hard, maybe a pink cupcake with blue chocolate icing and brown star sprinkles, that sounds about right.

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlue Eyed Night Owl

1st---- I want to be penpals :) do you need another?
2nd--- I would definitely be a funfetti cupcake disguised as a hamburger! For my 2nd to last birthday my friend made me a birthday cake that looked just like a giant hamburger. Nothing has compared since!

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi pumpkin pie

Omigod! I feel pressured now haha. It looks awesome! Both mine and Samia's! Regarding your question: that's a hard one. I LOVE CUPCAKES! ANY Cupcakes! but if I had to pick my absolute favourite....erm.....a combination of red velvet and reese's peanut butter cupcake! (Is there even such a thing?)

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSalmezan

What lucky pen pals you have ;) Beautiful drawings as always.

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkrista

OMG i really like my cupcake, i said to my self i am not gone look, i am gonr wait untill ingot your letter. But sorry i couldn't i had to see it. And i have to tell you i really love it, i am Gone give it à special place in my room hihi.
They are both wonderfull.

Hmm what kind of cupcake Will i be well it has to be sprinkels on top colourfull sprinkels and i really like coconut filling with hmmm let me think maby raisberry. Yeah but THE topping can be vanille sorry. That sounds kind of yummy haha


March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSammie

What kind of cupcake? Hmmmm... This one is tough, I guess a chocolate ice cream cupcake with sprinkles or jimmies!

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStainboy

I'm not the girl most would think of when they hear the term all American bur I would definitely be an all American cucpcake --- yellow cake with pink buttercream frosting it's classic and timeless and sweet.

March 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTai

If I'm a cupcake? I'll be all chocolate cupcake. Chocolate Cake fill with Chocolate melt, and with chocolate ganache topping with a strawberry.. hmmm I want a cupcake now.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpapijorj

Let's see...I know that I would be a moist red velvet cupcake with fresh whipped butter cream icing in a delicately yet purrrfect swirl where i would have fresh shavings of milk chocolate cascading on my icing with 3 raspberries strategically placed on the top. Yep, that sounds like the cupcake I would be today. ;D

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSharon ;D

Wow, i wish i could make alot of those and just decorate my room with them, the idea of cupcakes is so cute and TOTALLY me. nice work. LOVES YA! ;'
rina >.<

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRina

Oh, almost 4 got! i'd be a vanilla cupcake with sprinkels, and the inside would be chocolate...i know weird mix right? but i love chocolate, oh and the sprinkels would be pink and purple shaped like hearts! :3

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRina

These are both so pretty * w *

If I were a cupcake, I would wither be red velvet, or vanilla with strawberries on top~

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHanna

Check it out, I finally blogged about your Mega Easter Giveaway! http://eitsart.blogspot.com/2010/03/ooh-la-la.html
I hope you don't mind but I also gave a shout out (link) to your Gallery of Recent Exhibits. I love the bed sheet and linens gallery!

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKrista

oooh beautiful illustrations. should i have a penpal? ooook, i'd be a chocolate fudge cupcake with vanilla frosting. On the inside there is marshmallow fluff. On top would be those silver-ball things. I think that's about right.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterisabella

apparently, according to this quiz: http://www.quibblo.com/quiz/2BV00bh/The-Dozen-Cupcakes-Quiz, i am a "copacabana cupcake"... which means i am "Pineapple vanilla cake, mango buttercream, rolled in coconut and topped with a pineapple wedge. always in fashion! You are the life of the party, the belle of the ball... the frosting on the cupcake! You love to party, to socialize, and you are not afraid to make your own fun. People are drawn to your amiable nature and sense of humor, and you have never been known to badmouth a friend because you like everybody. The epitome of an optimist, you keep spirits up in dark times and your smile is infectious."

yeah... i dont know about that... i need to find an "evil mastermind" cupcake. you should take this quiz though, ms. diaz!

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteremi

Hmmm... I think I would be this one: http://www.flickr.com/photos/squigglybee/2429313739/

Lovely artwork!

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBunnyKissd

Your pictures are fabulous as always!

if I were a cupcake... I'd be a chocolate cupcake with java beans in the batter and blue icing on top. Maybe a few white sprinkles on the icing...

there are reasons behind my choice other than the fact that chocolate/coffee is my favorite flavour and blue my favorite colour, but I'm not privy to share them here.

March 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClare

Oh I just love cupcakes!!!!! If I were a cupcake I would be a "Wedding Cake flavor filled with Mascapone cheese and iced with Dark Chocolate and topped with shaved white chocolate"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yum :o)

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTital

Chocolate cupcake topped with chantily and strawberries.
Very usual, isn't it?

March 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLilian


mint chocolate filling
mint buttercream icing

I love love love mint...=)

I think I may actually have to make that now..

April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLi Lian


April 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindz

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