Filipa Namorado

Filipa Namorado – Designer

A freelance illustrator passionate about love stories and children's literature


I'm a freelance illustrator based in Coimbra, Portugal with a background in graphic design and work experience in book illustration and design for animation, having recently worked as the lead illustrator for Cuida Bem de Mim, a 12-episode animated series about positive parenting for the National Commission for the Promotion of the Rights and the Protection of Children and Young People.

I'm passionate about LGBTQIA+ projects that allow me to draw on my unique perspective on gender, sexuality and love, having written and illustrated "Meninos, Meninas e nas Entrelinhas", a picture book about gender diversity, and recently wrapped two projects for Jessica Kingsley Publishers on this topic: "The Gender Deck", a card set that aims to facilitate conversations about gender, and "Gender Heroes", a picture book about gender trailblazers from past and present.

In terms of style, I approach my digital work with a traditional art sensibility, making use of painterly textures, bold shapes and vibrant colours to create a playful, mid-century modern feel. Inspired by vintage children's books, shoujo manga and old fashion magazines, I explore retro aesthetics through a contemporary lens, channeling my passion for narrative fiction by weaving storytelling into illustration.

Chick Lit Comics & Graphic Novels Middle Grade Picture Books Romance

Work experience

Itsanashow Creative Studio

Oct, 2021 — Apr, 2022 (6 months)

Character, prop and set design and vector illustration for a children’s animated series about positive parenting with a focus on family diversity for the National Commission for the Promotion of Rights and Protection of Children and Youth’s 'Adélia' project.

Itsanashow Creative Studio

Sep, 2020 — Oct, 2020 (about 1 month)

Character design and vector illustration for animation with a focus on promoting diversity and inclusion for e-learning course 'Blended Learning Initiative' for Aga Khan Foundation Portugal's Diversity@Work project.


Jan, 2017 — Present

Illustration for picture books, magazines, card sets, LARP games, window displays, social media, among other projects, as well as character design and minor 2D animation. Select clients: Disney, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Anyway Magazine.


Gender Heroes

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Prepare to meet the gender trailblazers of past and present - who dress and express themselves however they choose!Featuring icons from across art, sports, fashion, music, politics, civil rights and the media, this vibrantly illustrated book introduces childre... read more

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