Marija Tiurina's highly detailed watercolour paintings of charming characters

We've long admired Marija Tiurina, a Russian-Lithuanian illustrator based in London who covers a wide range of creative fields, from children's books, concept and video games art to commercial illustration for web and print.

But when it comes to side projects, she likes to take on a different approach altogether: "My personal work largely focuses on building complex and detailed watercolor compositions, however I don't feel like being tied to a single field just yet, and continue to explore other directions that involve modelling and sculpting, photography, collage, embroidery, murals and other things that don't really have a clear definition I'd know of."

We certainly enjoyed finding out more about her meaty backgammon set, where she used clay to sculpt meat-themed checkers, which were then painted with acrylics, dried and varnished. Here, we share some of her latest works, mainly watercolour paintings of fantasy-type characters. Discover more at


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