Finding my way The portfolio of Bernarda Avila


"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination" -Jimmy Dean


My name is Bernarda Avila, I was born in 1996 in Quito, Ecuador. Ever since I was a little girl I have always admired art, specially drawing. Through out my life I have lived in different places, this allowed me to develop a unique point of view that is reflected in my artwork. When I realized that I was able to transmit through my designs more than words could express I decided to follow an artistic path. It was a huge accomplishment for me to realize that something that I enjoy as much as creating art could eventually become my career. I am still figuring out my path and exploring all the options that graphic design offers to expand my skills and knowledge as much as possible, but in the meantime I will continue creating art and enjoying this field.


I am currently studying at George Brown College the Art and Design Foundation Program. I decided to initiate my artistic path here because I wasn't sure what specific field of design was the right for me. As today I am interested in graphic design as my career. My aspirations are continue to study and become a professional where my passion is my way of living.


I create art to express, to evoque feelings, emotions, where there is no need to speak, where the visual surround my senses and my mind flies far away, where there is no time or space.

When I develop a piece or art I always start by looking at everyday things from a different perspective, an angle, a texture, a color, something that is not visible at first sight and in that moment I start my journey.

"Perfection is attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence" -Vince Lombardi

Creative Process

  1. To begin with, I start my creative process by gathering information about my topic to get inspired and be able to base my project on my research, on this specific example, I visited the Rom museum and I chose a piece of art to develop my poster.
  2. Once I have an initial idea of what I will be doing, I brainstorm different possibilities and create thumbnails to have a visual reference of them.
  3. As my next step, I like to experiment with a variety of mediums, materials and colours to identify what is the best option. Here I decided to go with pencil crayons on canson paper.
  4. Lastly I create a actual size final thumbnail where I can try and experiment the final details just before creating my final piece, this helps me avoid mistakes on my actual piece.


Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly? -Frida Kahlo

Life Drawing

Observation drawing

Charcoal on bond paper

Observational Drawing

Pencil Crayons on Canso Paper



For this specific assignment I had to create a character for a cartoon show.

Gouache on Cold Press


Let's mix the colours

Here, I created this toy for small children, my objective was to come up with a game where kids are able to learn how to mix the colours and have fun by there own, an independent option.

Card board, Gouache, pushpins, glue and wax.



My goal for this portrait was to apply Rembrant lighting effect


Still Live

I created a serious of photos as a possible advertisement campaign for a spa place.



ROM Poster

I created this poster by inspiring myself on one of the pieces at the Rom museum.

Pencil Crayons on Canson Paper

Canada Rocks 150

I based my poster on an upcoming event that aims to celebrate the 150 Anniversary of Canada, that will take place in Toronto.

Adobe Illustrator

Self Portrait

Inner view

The objective of this assignment was to show different techniques with ink to demonstrate value

Ink on Hot Press Board


The light of time

Observational drawing and light study

Pencil Crayons on Canson Paper

George Brown Hall

Perspective Study

Adobe Draw


Hawaiian Shirt

Adobe Illustrator

Cameo and Caricature

Adobe Draw

Magazine Layout

Adobe InDesign

Mario Bros

Adobe Illustrator


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Created with images by tpsdave - "toronto canada city"

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