Mariya Stoyanova

Mariya Stoyanova - Designer

Dorking, UK

Freelance illustrator specialised in creating illustrations for children's books and character design.

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Overview

When I was a little girl I use to take every piece of paper available in the house so I could draw. Later on I ended up in Graphic design field but I was always missing the excitement of illustrations funny characters and cute looking backgrounds. In 2010 I decided to take the leap and became an illustrator. That was the best decision I ever made.
Whether you are looking for crazy camel character or flapping wings ink machine I am ready to approach the clients projects with uniques ideas.

My style is cartoonish, colourful and playful to attract children's attention. I love to sketch my ideas on my Wacom Cintiq tablet and then digitally colour the sketch constantly improving it to suits clients needs. The programs I use are Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC.

I can work tightly to a brief or let my imagination to fly and bring the story to life.
I was really lucky to work for clients around the world like " Kaisercraft" and " Newmommymedia".
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction

Work experience

Illustrator

Self-employed
February, 2011 – Present (almost 12 years)

Portfolio (15 selected works)

Everyone Needs a Friend

Lori Cafiero

Everyone Needs a Friend is the charming story of a young owl who is learning from her wise grandmother that friends can come in all shapes and sizes and can be dressed in feathers, shells, or fur.

Everyone Needs a Friend is the charming story of a young owl who is learning from her wise grandmother that friends can come in all shapes and sizes and can be dressed in feathers, shells, or fur.

Joshua's Jumpy Truck

Elaine Brown

Story of an adventurous little boy, with a big imagination, who rides his special truck up into the universe.

Story of an adventurous little boy, with a big imagination, who rides his special truck up into the universe.

Sloths Are Slow: An Interactive Children's Book

Kimberly Marino

Did you know, sloths are slow? Meet Lento, the 3-toed sloth, as he interacts with the world around him. Written by Kimberly Marino, an experienced licensed Speech Pathologist, to assist in areas not often covered in early books. A great book for early learners to work on gross motor skills, counting and more. Recommended for ages 1 and up.

Did you know, sloths are slow? Meet Lento, the 3-toed sloth, as he interacts with the world around him. Written by Kimberly Marino, an experienced licensed Speech Pathologist, to assist in areas not often covered in early books. A great book for early learners to work on gross motor skills, counting and more. Recommended for ages 1 and up.

Ready, Set, Run!

Lauren Keating

Ready, set, run! Don't stop now you're having fun! This children's book takes a playful approach to being active. It teaches children the action of running, and that exercise really is a good time when combined with imagination.

Ready, set, run! Don't stop now you're having fun! This children's book takes a playful approach to being active. It teaches children the action of running, and that exercise really is a good time when combined with imagination.

Saying Goodbye to Stein: A Rhyming Storybook to Help Little Ones Overcome the Loss of a Pet

Mary Sarkisyan

Saying Goodbye to Stein is a sentimental rhyming storybook, to help children overcome the loss of a pet. It's a great way to help parents teach children the concept of death and dying, while understanding that our loving pets will always be in our hearts, forever.

Saying Goodbye to Stein is a sentimental rhyming storybook, to help children overcome the loss of a pet. It's a great way to help parents teach children the concept of death and dying, while understanding that our loving pets will always be in our hearts, forever.

A Treasure in Irianna

Josalyn Ironette-Dione Holiday

Irianna is a very loving and caring little girl that adores her mommy. She wants to be just like her mommy when she grows up, but it is very difficult to fill Mommy's shoes. Irianna is on an adventure to find her talent, because she knows deep down there is a treasure inside of her.

Irianna is a very loving and caring little girl that adores her mommy. She wants to be just like her mommy when she grows up, but it is very difficult to fill Mommy's shoes. Irianna is on an adventure to find her talent, because she knows deep down there is a treasure inside of her.

Whaaaa Moooo

Kimberly Artis

A girl who loves a cow and a cow who loves a girl.

A girl who loves a cow and a cow who loves a girl.

A Seed Finds Home

Merriman, Chentell, Stoyanova, Mariya

The Burping Pumpkin

Alexis, Steph

Who Cares? (1) (Chan is a Caregiver Collection)

Minor-Brigance, Chanda, Stoyanova, Mariya

Travis And Timmy's Wild Adventure

Rose, Shenelle, Stoyanova, Mariya

Will You Remember?

Minor Brigance, Chanda

A Long Night for Mr. Dennis

Carlson, Nancy J., Stoyanova, Mariya

Mariya has 7 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality

Katie Akin
I’m very happy with Mariya’s illustrations for my children’s book! It’s not finished yet, but I’m in awe every time she sends me an illustration (and she’s going off of poor illustrations I had done earlier on).

Katie Akin, November 2022

Mariya Stoyanova
It is pleasure doing the illustrations for Katie's book!

Reply from Mariya Stoyanova


Barbara House
Love working with Mariya on my illustrations!

Barbara House, July 2022


Barbara House
I love working with Mariya on my book illustrations. All the images are just perfect, and the communication is professional and clear. Deadlines are always met and it's just a smooth and stress-free collaboration.

Barbara House, July 2022


Barbara House
Mariya was wonderful to work with on my illustration project. Not only were the designs fantastic, but she was extremely helpful and patient with me as I figured out working on Reedsy for the first time. Highly Recommended!

Barbara House, July 2022


Cotella Mccrorey
Mariya does awesome work! Look forward to working with her more in the future!!

Cotella Mccrorey, May 2022

Mariya Stoyanova
The client is very responsive, patient, professional in each aspect and easy going. Will be pleasure to work with Cotella again! And thank you for the great feedback!

Reply from Mariya Stoyanova

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