Gabriela is a 2D digital artist and teacher, focused on animation, visual development and storytelling.
Gabriela has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts - Multimedia (2011-2015) from FBAUP (Porto, Portugal). She spent a semester abroad studying Animation at KASK (Gent, Belgium), under the Erasmus program. Soon after, she got a Master’s degree in Illustration and Animation (2015-2018) from ESD - IPCA (Barcelos, Portugal), with the project “Representações de género no cinema de animação mainstream dos últimos 25 anos - Desenvolvimento de representações não estereotipadas do género feminino”.
After that, she worked for two years in Mobeybou, an FCT funded project being developed in the Research Centre On Child Studies in UMinho (Braga, Portugal). There, she created visual assets for the Mobeybou game and mobile apps and aided in the development, testing and implementation of UX/UI and gameplay design.
She teaches Visual Storytelling in the undergraduate degree Moving Image, at ESEC - UALG (Faro, Portugal), and Visual Development for Video Games at the Master in Engineering of Digital Games Development, at IPCA (Barcelos, Portugal).
She is currently enrolled in the PhD in Design, at FBAUP (Porto, Portugal), with an FCT scholarship, developing research on the subject of female representation in the mainstream animation media of the 21st century.