Mythology Studio
Fantasy Editorial Illustration.


Martha Balaile is a Fantasy Illustrator based in Cape Town, South Africa. She creates work for the publishing industry and personal art commissions. Her work includes comics and webcomics, spot illustrations, full page editorial illustrations, zines, character design and environment design.


 Fantasy Editorial Illustration

based in cape town, south africa.


I create playful digital Illustrations with brave female characters, using pastel and dark colour palettes. 



Personal Commissions

For Commercial Illustrations, click here: 


My Illustration Process

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  Step 01: 



I will start with an overview of the project before sketching. You will receive a visual mood board that will outline the art direction of the project. The mood board will show ideas around the colours, outfits, props and environment elements. 

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             Step 02: 

Concept Sketches

I will explore different ideas and present you with 2 concept sketches to chose from. Illustrations are created by pulling from the elements that are explored in the mood board. The chosen sketch will determine what the final Illustration will look like. 

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          Step 03: 

Detailed Sketch 

This sketch is more refined and detailed; it is the exact blueprint for the final Illustration. I will give you a day to properly look at the sketch. This is the time to request revisions. When you approve the sketch it is time for the final artwork. Note: Revisions outside the scope of work are done at an extra cost.



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   Step 04: 


Your final Illustration is created! This Illustration brings the detailed sketch to life; I re-draw cleaner lines, paint in colour and add texture. At the end you will receive your final Illustration accompanied by a short presentation showing the creation of your Illustration. 

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Here are some other places where you can find my Illustration work online.


Online Class

I created this online class to share how I come up with characters and create outfit designs for them. Check out my class on Skillshare. 



Character Art and Editorial Illustrations. Get custom character artwork created for personal use or commercial usage. 

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Creative Market

Download digital products from my store at Creative Market to use in both your  personal and commercial projects. Find fun icons you can add to your designs.