These are the personal work, illustrations and animations of Maria Stark (I got married and changed my name, hence the confusion...). I work as an animator and motion designer and make illustrations the rest of the time. Ink on paper is my superpower. If you have questions about collaborations, making commissions or just want to offer me a job, press the button and send me an e-mail. I have a shop at mariastark.bigcartel.com where you can buy prints.
This is the first of three images that tells the story about the fate of Prince Blue-Feather - once alive in a vivid court, now faded in a deep and strange sleep.
"Prince Blue-Feather, is still resting.
His heart beating, once with every moon."
Drawn with ink on paper, colored with Copic markers.
Inspired by the brilliant movie Midsommar by Ari Aster. We see Dani tangled up in the fire that turnes to grass in her feet. She is flying just as much as she is falling. All while the sun and yellow death spin and twirl around her like the smoke that is is both the reason for her dispair as well as the cathartic liberation.
Drawn with ink on paper, A3. Digitally colored.
Kitsune no yomeiri
Forget about wedding photos - we're doing wedding illustrations now. This drawing was commissioned for the bride's 40th birthday and the keywords were "something foresty and magical". The marriage had taken place at her family house in a beech forest, and what could be more magically foresty than that?
Drawn with ink on paper, 500x700 mm. Digitally colored.
The Welsh holiday Calain Mai takes place half way through spring equinox and summer solstice. It's celebrated to welcome and mark the start of the summer and is similar to the bonfires of Walpurgis Night and the celtic Beltane. As part of the celebration there was a staged fight between men dressed up as winter and summer.
Drawn with ink on paper, A5.
Words & Pals
This was a wonderful passion project made by me and my friend Alexandra Lund. The terms were simple - one of us came up with a four letter word, the other one with a color palette, and the next time we switched. From that we created a looping animation and published on Instagram.
The project and animations got featured on WeTransfer. There is power in passion projects.
So I made a book (that has not yet been published) - "Det Mystiska Alfabetet". Or "The Mythical Alphabet" in English.
You know those letter posters with pretty flowers and cute animals next to every letter? I wanted to do one with mythical creatures instead. I also quickly realized that it would grow from poster to a book.
Drawn with ink on paper, A4. Digitally colored.
Det Mystiska Alfabetet
These are created during covid with all that time spend at home. It was part longing for the outside world, part loving where I am and never want to be anywhere else. I am lucky to have seen so much of this world as I have when I could, and I am happy to have this big crowded bed, filled with warmth and love to call my home.
I came across these old Norwegian folklore stories called Huldresägner. The publication was from the 19th century but the stories are much, much older. One story called Qvarnsägner, was split into three and the common theme and setting was mills. The one inspiring this illustration was about a household goblin making hell for the miller.
Drawn with ink and pencil, A5.
When I was a kid I had a pillow with a print of a wild grown summers field. It had tall grass, dandelions, lily of the valley and it made me feel like I was so small I could live under the flowers. When I had a daughter I wanted to give her something similar, so I created this Thumbelina-inspired linocut to inspire dreams of adventure and safety 🌿🐝
Linocut prints, A3.
Master animator and designer Simon Appel designed this adorable app for children called Little Swipe. With him as art director I animated the animals frame by frame and created the "group picture" with the logo. I can really appriciate beautifully designed childrens stuff.
My cousin wanted me to make him a drawing for his birthday some year ago, and this is what I made. He and his sister (my other cousin) grew up in a small community in the north of Sweden called Själevad. From their house you could see this church - a one of a kind hexagonal building. This is us three as little kids playing in the snow outside the church. A precious memory of family, friendship and childhood.
Drawn with ink and pencil, A4. Digitally colored.
The Church of Själevad
It's funny how much your kid inspires you. I collaborated with teacher and friend Johanna Wallin to make these 16 sing a long-cards for kindergarden. On one side is the lyrics to a song and on the other is a picture of the song. You have all the cards in a bag, pick one randomly and sing it. So simple but so much fun!