Mariya Stoyanova

Mariya Stoyanova – Designer

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


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".
Action & Adventure Middle Grade Picture Books
Children’s Non-Fiction

Work experience


Feb, 2011 — Present


Will You Remember?

Minor Brigance, Chanda

The Burping Pumpkin

Alexis, Steph

A Seed Finds Home

Merriman, Chentell

Whaaaa Moooo

Kimberly Artis

A girl who loves a cow and a cow who loves a girl.
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 ... read more
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.
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.
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... read more
Story of an adventurous little boy, with a big imagination, who rides his special truck up into the universe.
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.

Mariya has 14 reviews





Sapphira V.

Sapphira V.

Jun, 2024

Mariya has been fantastic to work with, she has fulfilled what we requested and helped to make adjustments as needed. We are very happy with the illustrations we have received to date, and we hope to collaborate again in the future.
Mariya S.
Thank you for the opportunity to do your characters! I really enjoyed the whole process and the communication was great! Hope to work again with you!
Sapphira V.

Sapphira V.

May, 2024

Mariya has been great to work with. We were impressed with her quick responses and interpretation of our needs. It was great to have received sketches initially so that we can make any tweaks, before settling on the characters and then receiving them in colour. .
Laura J.

Laura J.

Feb, 2024

Mariya's quality of work was exceptional, bringing vibrant colors to the illustrations that help readers visualize my story. Working with her was easy and there were no issues connecting. I would recommend her to others, for both her service and creativeness.
Daniel C.

Daniel C.

Oct, 2023

Mariya was quick to respond. She did what I asked and went above and beyond. She has a great skillset. I am very pleased with the product.
Mariya S.
Thank you Daniel, It was great pleasure to work on your project!
Lamar G.

Lamar G.

Sep, 2023

Mariya is gifted at capturing the essence of your story and bringing it to life while also capturing your imagination. I am blown away at how she put such care and details in her artwork. I think specifically every little girl in the world will love this story since it depicts a girl and her other girl friends as the protagonist(s). I don't give my recommendaiton lightly but I will for Mariy...
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Mariya S.
It was absolutely amazing experience for me to work with you! I really enjoyed illustrating your book and I am really looking forward to work with you again!

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