“A Bumpy Journey” is almost out!

Hi, my name is Maria Bardyukova and i’m an illustrator.

My new picture book “A Bumpy Journey” is already available at Amazon and Smashwords.

It’s about Bumpy, a rock, whose life is no rock candy. Everyone around him has a purpose. While he has nothing but rocks in his head. If only he was a little boulder to stop graveling and escape this rock bottom!

It’s a beautifully illustrated rhyming story of a very bumpy road to the life’s meaning.

Don’t miss a chance to get a lovely educational gift for your kids:)

In the meantime, enjoy some spoilers😉

A quick sketch of a cute scared monster

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“I’m not going anywhere.” Illustration by Maria Bardyukova

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Picture Books

Hi, my name is Maria Bardyukova and this page is about my and Quiet Riley Jr‘s picture books for children.

Leave a comment or reblog to get a free copy of any of our books!:)

Want to exchange reviews? Welcome any time! Drop me an email with your book cover and blurb at maria_bardyukova et mail dot ru

1. Snobbity Snowman

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50 Cute Monsters Drawing Challenge. Monster#17.

Almost finished 20 Cute Monsters, in the meanwhile here is #17,




Bluffsters are not from our planet.  They used to a crop cultivated by Marcians, until a solar splash gave them self-consciousness and love for bluffing and disguising. A long time ago they sneaked on an ancient alien ship and smuggled themselves onto our planet. Their favourite habitats are pyramid-looking structures, which crawled with Bluffsters, until just recently. 

It’s a tricky business trying to find a Bluffster. They are unrivaled masters of disguise and can pretend to be anything from a pineapple to a broom. This talent is the reason why there are so few Bluffsters left in the wild. They love pretending to be something yellow, blue and green, only to find themselves locked away in a class case or stuffed in rings.


Have you ever met a Bluffster? I wonder if they are happy on our planet.



50 Cute Monsters Drawing Challenge. Monster#16.

Welcome the new monster-family member,




Softsters, as their name suggests, are creatures soft in every meaning of this word. Not only are they notorious for their excuisite fur, but also for being kind-hearted and easy to be touched. Everything moves them: droplets of rainwater on spiderwebs, sunlight playing in tree tops, snails hurrying about their business. 

Why Sofsters have such big and numerous teeth – no one knows. They say, however, that it was the natures attempt to “decuten” this endlessly cute little monster. An attempt which absolutely failed.


I’ve actually had a lot of troubles coloring this one. So I ended up with 5-6 versions of The Softster. Here are my favourites:)


Which color do you like most? Are you a Sofster, too? I definitely am one, just not nearly as cute xD

Wanna see all the other 15 Cute Monsters? Welcome to 50 Cute Monsters Drawing Challenge, summary.


Picking colors for Cute Monster # 16. Got tips?

Here is the cutie I’m working on now. And I’ve had some troubles picking the right coloring for this guy. It’s a big deal, cause the color often creates the monster’s story. I often don’t even know how the monster will be called until the illustration is finished.

So got any ideas? Looking forward to hearing from you:)


50 Cute Monsters Drawing Challenge is still on! Monster #15, Panixter.

After a 2-month break-honey moon-holiday-travel-beach lazying Cute Monsters are back in busines! You wanna see all the previous 14 monsters – welcome here. Continue reading