Fantasy Commission
Posted 2 years ago and submitted by Mariya Prytula | Share link:

In my most recent private commission for a client, I was asked to create a 16×20 inch piece based on my 5×7 inch study (last image) created two years earlier. The client requested two mermaids instead of one to be more personable since she has two daughters. We went back and forth a few times on the thumbnails and decided to replace the crashing waves with a serene and magical reflection of the moon to give the piece an enchanting atmosphere.

This was the finished result. I used 21k moon gold on the moon, reflection and the stars.

If you have a project that requires fantasy, children’s, or nature illustration, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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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Prytula’s painted illustrations are fantastic, rendering realistic, incredibly detailed nature scenes with swirls of color and texture. - Kirkus Review _________ 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. - Client feedback
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