“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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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.


50 Cute Monsters Drawing Challenge. Summary

Welcome to 50 Cute Monsters Drawing Challenge, which started on the 22nd of May.  I will be trying to complete 50 cute monster  drawings each with unique characters and descriptions within 1 year

Your comment or like will give me the strength to go on😊

Please, enjoy!

to be continued…😉

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

50 Cute Monsters Drawing Challenge. Monster #14. Wanna help me with the name?:)

Hi, guys.

After almost a two-month break, wedding, honeymoon and 2 finished children picture books, the Monsters are back in business!

So welcome Monster #14, whose name eludes me.



This is one of the monsters that live inside people’s heads. Whenever you feel sad, depressed or in need of a strong beverage, this guy crawls out and keeps you company.


So what would YOU call him? Please feel free to leave your comments below:)


Maria’s Smashwords and Amazon Author Pages.