Maria Nilsson


Maria is a freelance illustrator based in London. Heavily influenced by the natural world, with a subtle hint of Scandinavian style, Maria enjoys exploring the various tactile qualities of colour, pattern and texture.  Through striking ink drawings and paper cut-outs, to highly intricate detailed illustrations, Maria's sensitive and thoughtful designs seem to grow organically, forming layers of intrigue, providing a beautiful, fresh, contemporary appeal.

Maria also a member of Drawn Together Art Collective, selling art prints collaborating on various projects, including gallery displays, market stalls and collaborations. Art prints are available to buy here.


Reviews of ‘Pittipat's Saucer of Moon’ Children’s Picture Book

"Evoking a Maurice Sendak-like dreamscape this night-time rhyme is packed with clever language and definitely deserves to be read aloud... lovely and magical." — Books for Keeps

"Highly recommended for Geraldine McCaughrean's lilting prose and Maria Nilsson's dreamy pictures." — The Times

"Beautiful" — Bookbag

"Cleverly worded by Geraldine McCaughrean and cleverly illustrated in line, shapes and colour by Maria Nilsson." — School Librarian

"Attractive, swirling lines and delicious gold and blue-green colours add to the pleasure for younger readers." — Carousel

Reviews of ‘50 Things To Do With a Penknife’ Book

“From quick crafts such as whittling a doorstop, bookmark and flowerbed marker to kitchen carvings, cork creations and even preparing fish, handy step by step instructions and illustrations will aid every step of the way.” — The Present Finder

“Chock full of charming hand-drawn illustrations that clearly show the steps and emphasize the tactile nature of knife use, all in a down-to-earth style that keeps it all very approachable for beginners.” — Garrett Wade

Reviews of ‘40 Knots and How to Tie Them’

“One of the best books I’ve seen for knot-tying” — Midwest Basecamp