Gabriela Grave

Gabriela Grave – Designer

Illustrator from Portugal, merging digital and traditional art to bring life into stories with a touch of nature's inspiration 🎨


Hello, I'm Gabriela, also known as iela, a Portuguese Illustrator based in Lagos.

With a degree in Graphic Design, I've honed skills in branding, lettering, and editorial design. During the pandemic, I rediscovered my creative side through illustration.

Since 2021, I've fully embraced illustration as my career. I’ve been lucky enough to work on some really fun and inspiring projects, i've illustrated "Mia e a Festa das Cores" by Adriana Sousa, and "A Girafa Naná," and some more upcoming projects. I'm currently enhancing my abilities through a professional illustration course and a mentorship with ITSMe - International Talent Search.

My versatility shines in experimenting with various techniques, predominantly digital but also traditional. Leveraging Procreate, Photoshop, and Illustrator, and a bit of After Effects to give my visuals some suble motions. Beyond art, I'm passionate about using my skills to advocate for important causes.

Let’s work together and bring your project to life? 🎨

Children’s Non-Fiction
Picture Books

Work experience


Nov, 2021 — Present

I started my freelance Career in August of 2021. Since then, i've had the pleasure to illustrate 4 picture books from Portuguese writers, made more than 300 comissioned illustrations and many other exciting projects.

Designer Outlet Algarve

Sep, 2021 — Sep, 2021 (29 days)

Development of an illustrated pattern to be applied in fabric and sold to raise funds for Breast Cancer Associations, during the Pink October.


Aug, 2021 — Aug, 2021 (about 1 month)

My very first illustrated Picture Book!

Gabriela has 1 review





Erika S.

Erika S.

Feb, 2024

I cannot say enough good things about Iela. She is so talented, detailed, and kind. She's a gem and I highly recommend!

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