"Make stories that you care about," says picture book creator Flavia Z. Drago

colourful day of the dead character illustrations
(Image credit: Flavia Z Drago)

Flavia Z Drago is a Mexican-born illustrator who has become known for her picture books depicting monsters, including Gustavo, The Shy Ghost, Vlad, The Fabulous Vampire and Leila, The Perfect Witch. Inspired by her home country, her colourful illustrations sing off the page and are packed with small fun little details for kids and adults alike to spot. 

Flavia career took off when she did a MA in illustration at Anglia Ruskin in Cambridge and was subsequently picked up by Walker Books. Her work has led to her being chosen as Illustrator of the Fair at the London Book Fair, which takes place 12-14 March. Ahead of the Book Fair, I caught up with her to talk about how she creates her magical worlds.

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Rosie Hilder

Rosie Hilder is Creative Bloq's Deputy Editor. After beginning her career in journalism in Argentina – where she worked as Deputy Editor of Time Out Buenos Aires – she moved back to the UK and joined Future Plc in 2016. Since then, she's worked as Operations Editor on magazines including Computer Arts, 3D World and Paint & Draw and Mac|Life. In 2018, she joined Creative Bloq, where she now assists with the daily management of the site, including growing the site's reach, getting involved in events, such as judging the Brand Impact Awards, and helping make sure our content serves the reader as best it can.