Alexa Maia Illustration


Welcome to my column: Design Studio, a backstage pass to my whimsical illustration factory. Please excuse the mess, a tiny Panamanian artist with a T-Rex heart actually works here. Unfortunately for you, no minions to tuck away the chaos.


C’mon down. Sure you can wear that. Pull up a chair. I baked chocolate chip cookies. Take a peak at my latest creation: A personalized illustration for a very special little girl who loves water as much as I love cupcakes, Alexa Maia.


PicMonkey Collage


Do you have something super duper special in mind? I’m happy to work with you to make it happen. Maybe it’s a charming wedding invitation + a quirky thank you card + a personalized gift tag for your little one + or heck, your entires website brand identity. I love working with clients one-on-one to transform their crazy ideas into truly unique creations.


My quirky illustrations are 100% handmade + painted from start to finish with my 10 little fingers + scanned to perfection for a one of a kind look that feels like no other. My whimsical characters are super excited to make their debut in a variety of places including, but not limited to:

  • Personal Identity: Stationary + notepads + gift cards.
  • Custom Invitation Suites: Wedding + baby showers + birthdays.
  • Brand Identity: Logos + social sharing icons + business cards.
  • Designs for Licensing: Special illustrations for merchandising.


If you have a project not listed above, please don’t hesitate to hit me with it anyways. I might be able to pull some magic strings. I love a challenge.


play by play

  • E-mail me at to share your crazy vision.
  • I’ll get back to you with availability + pricing + timelines.
  • If you decide to move forward, we do the happy dance + throw confetti.
  • The brainstorming phase kicks in for a fully customizable look.
  • I’ll send you a pencil sketch of your project for revision + approval.
  • My fingers do their coloring magic.
  • A high resolution file with your commission is sent, fully digitalized for lifetime use.
  • You smile from ear to ear + I blush.



My starting rate is $450 for personal illustrations + $550 for commercial projects. I offer special pricing for bulk requests.


kindly note

Due to demand + the amount of heart (and all-nighters) required to make these custom wonders, availability is extremely limited. So, as soon as you’re ready, send me an e-mail to talk about details. I promise to make my very best effort to accommodate you. Can’t wait to hear about your idea!



Mayi Carles