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#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 #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. 

3 days 100% off The Galactivity Book.

Hi:) Our new activity book will be available free of charge till the end of July to anyone who visits Smashwords and goes to the Galactivity Book page.

Don’t miss the opportunity!

Have some space-themed fun with your family and kids:)


Hi, I’m Maria Bardyukova, a school teacher, illustrator and self-published author.


 Feel free to visit my Amazon and Smashwords author pages and sample more of my art!


Cute Monster Drawing Challenge. Monster #13

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Cut out, glue, play. Feel like a child again.

Honestly, was fun. Challenging, especially gluing the dice (soooo hard), but did I enjoy every bit of it? Totally!

Me and Quiet decided to play all the games we’ve created before releasing them in a book. Good thinking, Quiet. Found quite a few bugs. Had quite a few White Russians. Felt like kids a again.



50 Cute Monsters Drawing Challenge. Monster #11.

Monster #11 is ready to make your life a bit more difficult.

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50 Cute Monsters Drawing Challenge. Monsters#1-10

Hello, it’s time to look back and see what has been achieved so far during my 50 Cute Monsters Drawing Challenge, or Crazy Monster Hunt as I want to call it sometimes.

My only regret is that so many monsters are still only sketches and there is so little time for bringing them to life after the job and 2 pictures books coming out this summer and autumn.

Thank you for following me on this amazing ride and stay tuned for more cute monstrosity!


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A place inhabited by cute monsters.