Mariya Prytula

Mariya Prytula - Designer

Austin, TX, United States

Award winning children's and nature illustrator specializing in watercolor and ink

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Overview

Mariya is an award winning illustrator specializing in watercolor. She has illustrated two award winning picture books, three books for private clients, and she has undertaken projects for Reeves International and other businesses. Her hummingbird illustration was selected for the Austin ArtBoards billboard contest, and her original work has been featured in fantasy and wildlife art collections.

When working with a client I typically provide thumbnail sketches, and from those develop more detailed sketches and move to the final renders.
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Design
Home & Garden
Nature
Fiction
Classics
Holiday
Middle Grade
Picture Books

Awards

  • Gold IPPY Medal from Independent Publisher Book Awards for "Little Moss, Big Tree" picture book
  • Spark Award Honor from Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for "Little Moss, Big Tree" picture book
  • Foreword INDIES Book of the Year award finalist for "Little Moss, Big Tree" picture book
  • NAPPA Award winner for "Happy Papas" picture book
  • Best Illustrator 2019 from Moonbeam Children's Book Awards

Work experience

Self-employed

Self-employed
January, 2016 – Present (about 4 years)

In 2016 she began a career in freelance illustration, specializing in watercolor and trying to push the medium to its limits through constant experimentation. Since then Mariya has illustrated two award winning picture books, two books for private clients, and she has undertaken projects for Reeves International and other businesses. Her hummingbird illustration was selected for the Austin ArtBoards billboard contest, and her original work has been featured in fantasy and wildlife art collections.

She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, and velcro Border Collie, Lucky.

In addition she has served as the local advisor for ICON9 The Illustration Conference, and is a proud member of Changeling Artist Collective, The Bird Whisperer Project and SCBWI.

In her previous work life, Mariya has served as a regulatory affairs coordinator for a medical device consulting company managing medical device and cosmetics registrations in Europe and Asia.

She received a Biology degree with emphasis on pre-medicine from Baylor University.

Portfolio (2 selected works)

Little Moss, Big Tree

M. Yap-Stewart

Little Moss and Little Tree are the best of friends. They do everything together. One day, Little Tree grows into Big Tree. Can the two remain friends? And what will they do when a winter storm comes their way? Little Moss, Big Tree is a celebration of the friendships that leave lasting impressions, the moments in life that cause us to pause and reflect, and the enduring magic of the natural w... read more

Little Moss and Little Tree are the best of friends. They do everything together. One day, Little Tree grows into Big Tree. Can the two remain friends? And what will they do when a winter storm comes their way? Little Moss, Big Tree is a celebration of the friendships that leave lasting impressions, the moments in life that cause us to pause and reflect, and the enduring magic of the natural w... read more

Happy Papas

Kathleen T. Pelley

Happy Papas, the follow-up book to CWLA's award winning Happy Mamas, is a beautiful read aloud that celebrates the wonder of fatherhood, exploring how both animal and human fathers shelter, nurture, and interact with their little ones. From ocean to sky and savanna to jungle, Happy Papas speaks to the universal joys of fatherly love.

Happy Papas, the follow-up book to CWLA's award winning Happy Mamas, is a beautiful read aloud that celebrates the wonder of fatherhood, exploring how both animal and human fathers shelter, nurture, and interact with their little ones. From ocean to sky and savanna to jungle, Happy Papas speaks to the universal joys of fatherly love.

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