Maria “Mary” Dimova is a special artist to Armorbelle not only because of the elegant women she illustrates, but because she created our very own mascot, Merin! You can find our lovely red-headed knight protecting visitors in the site’s header.
Looking at her style, it’s clear why Mary was the ideal choice to bring Armorbelle’s guardian to life. Her bold palettes, supple lines and fiercely feminine concepts create imagery that appears both folksy and contemporary.
It’s a perfect match for fantasy lovers of the modern era.
Each of Mary’s pieces draw on different inspirations and influences that span the globe. One might see a Slavic flower fairy in one picture and a Japanese cyberpunk empress in the next, but each maintains her eye-catching look.
A local of Chisinau in Moldova, Mary’s technique was honed when she decided to explore computer graphics after leaving a dull job at a local newspaper.
She originally studied fashion design at university and found that being an artist allowed her to use this expertise to clothe her subjects in beautiful attire.
While she may not be bringing her clothes to the catwalk, we’re more than happy to admire Mary’s elaborate garb in a 2D format. Maybe one day some enterprising cosplayers will manifest her creations in their full, tangible glory?
Mary currently works with Adobe Illustrator to outline her illustrations and then uses a set of vector objects with varying transparencies to fill in detail. She also uses the Procreate app for quicker sketches.
More on her methods can be found in an interview at TutsPlus.
Mary’s creations are also clearly shaped by her love of fantasy, with some of her favorite worlds including The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie, The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss and A Song of Ice and Fire by George Martin.
As enticing as each of those series are, we wouldn’t mind seeing a unique setting solely filled with Mary’s stylish heroines!
Mary works full-time as a freelance artist and can be reached for commissions through the sites listed below. We highly recommend her for anyone seeking an enchanted illustration!
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