Halloween Tree personal project
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October is a fantastic month. And not just because of candy, dress up, and gorgeous colors. It is the month when Western society still lets some of its pagan history through. It’s also a month of creativity and filled with challenges like Inktober and the Month of Fear. I can almost hear illustrators’ pens scratching the paper as I write this.

This week, as part of Inktober, I did my take on a Halloween Tree inspired by Ray Bradbury’s novel. Originally just a sketch, I wanted to take it a bit further and finished it off with soft ink washes. It will be available as part of the Changeling Artist Collective October Auction this week.

“And it was the afternoon of Halloween.
And all the houses shut against a cool wind.
And the town was full of cold sunlight.
But suddenly, the day was gone.
Night came out from under each tree and spread.”

– Ray Bradbury, The Halloween Tree

Mariya Prytula
Children's Illustrator
Austin, USA

Specializes in watercolor picture books, black and white middle grade interiors, and nature illustration.

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Profile updated 30th September, 2019
Member since 4th January, 2016
IPPPY Gold, INDIES Foreword Finalist, Spark Award Honor from SCBWI, NAPPA Award winner, Austin ArtBoards winner, Reader's Choice Illustration Gold Award winner
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Mariya has the exceptional ability to make fantasy more vivid and vibrant. I love the subtle texture and the outrageous detail and realism, as well as the simplicity of it. _________ The illustrations in Little Moss, Big Tree are outstanding. Light pastel watercolors fill the page and invite the reader to escape and all the trees, snail, animals, and leaves are illustrated accurately with soft hues of color. __________ You taught me what was possible and expected when working with other artists.You were so patient with me while working through an unfamiliar etiquette. It was a real kindness.
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