Pretty, lonely soul

Marija Tiurina is an absolutely fab London-based illustrator. We got a sneak peak behind the scenes of the crazy work that goes into her amazing pieces…

The Town of Thoughts

Town of Thoughts 2

The Town of Thoughts is my latest work and god knows it took me a while, not only because I’ve been too busy with less interesting stuff lately, but also because it’s an ink pen drawing on A2 size pastel paper…

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It took me a couple of months and involved a lot of dotting, which is a rewarding technique requiring quite a lot of patience.

Town of Thoughts 1


Girls in tubs

This is an A3 watercolour painting – girls in tubs on tub-like girls…

Tub 1

Tub 3

Tub 6

Tub 8

Tub 5


Nesting doll art

I was given an awesome wooden nesting doll one Christmas. I used every material that wanted to stay on! Acrylics, watercolor, gouache, pencils, pens, markers, etc.

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All year I’d been hating myself for not being able to do anything with it even though I wanted to.

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Now it’s finished, covered with eyes, hands, mouths and random objects.

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When trying to handle the smallest one, for the first time my hands felt huge and clumsy, and all he’s got now is a sad little eye to look at a big evil world around him.

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I see him as a small and dark, but pretty lonely soul of the whole layered creature.

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Flick through more of her ace work on her website, instagram and tumblr.

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