Check Mate
Posted 4 years ago and submitted by Mariya Prytula | Share link:

This fall, I quickly sketched a pair of friends playing chess. It kind of begged to be turned into a kid’s illustration because as much as I love tea and all sorts of cookies, I think we need a little update on a tea party.

I remember how impressed I was with my friend who knew how to play, but it wasn’t until I saw this pair of girls play, that I decided it was time to learn myself. I need to learn to stop apologizing when I take down someone’s chess piece though.

Mariya Prytula
Children's Illustrator
Austin, USA

Specializes in picture books, book covers, black and white middle grade interiors, and nature illustration. Water based media is my jam but Procreate is a close second!

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Profile updated 28th April, 2021
Member since 4th January, 2016
IPPPY Gold, INDIES Foreword Finalist, Spark Award Honor from SCBWI, Moonbeam Award Best Illustrator, NAPPA Award winner, Austin ArtBoards winner, Reader's Choice Illustration Gold …
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