Adela Calistru

Adela Calistru – Designer

Experienced freelance illustrator for children's books


I’m a freelance illustrator for children’s books since 2011. I love my job! I love painting in watercolor, so I made a career of it. My illustrations are colorful, joyful and rich in details. Actually, I think paying attention to details is my strong point. It’s very important for me to follow the text exactly and I think the illustration should reflect that. I have a clean, classic style and I try to perfect my technique with every new project.

I implicate myself in the whole process of creating a new book: from ideas to painting, from DTP to actually going in the printing house. I love the noise of the machines, the process of printing on paper and of course holding my new book in my own hands.

Over these 10 years I worked on 22 projects, 20 of those became books and I hope children and parents read them with love and appreciation.

I think I am a joyful person, serious and organized, but most of all I am sincere and fair. I think being this way helped me in my life and I like having a professional, but friendly collaboration with my clients.

Children’s Non-Fiction
Middle Grade Middle Grade Fantasy Picture Books
  • 2008-2010 -  Masters degree/dissertation in visual arts ( University of Arts Bucharest, Faculty of Decorative Arts and Design)
  • 2005-2008 - Collage degree/license ( University of Arts Bucharest, Faculty of Decorative Arts and Design)

Work experience


Feb, 2019 — Apr, 2020 (about 1 year)

2020 – Poetry with scent of wilderness
2020 - The Adventure of Oac and Troublemaker Hedgehog – two cautionary poems
2019 – The Animals' lesson


Feb, 2011 — Present

Iona PH is the first publishing house who launched me on the children's books market almost 10 years ago.
We practically grew together and we created 10 books for small and middle grade children. Most of them have been translated and published in the U.S.A. , Lebanon, North Macedonia

2021 - Saint Gabriel the Georgian
2020 – The Birth of Christ
2018 – The Holy Hierarch Calinic from Cernica
2017 – The Holy Hierarch Spiridon, the good shepherd
2014 – The Holy Hierarch Nectarios of Aegina, the Wonder worker
2013 – The Holy Hierarch Luke of Crimea, the Unmercenary Physician
2012 – The Holy New Martyr Elizabeth, Grand Duchess of Russia
2012 – Saint Paisios the Hagiorite, the friend of children
2012 – The story of Holy Hierarch John Maximovitch, the new Wonder worker
2011 – Wise Joseph and his brothers
2011 – The Holy Prophet Moses and the people of Israel


Jun, 2022 — Jun, 2022 (less than a minute)

"A mice story" - illustration for children's room wallpaper.


Jan, 2020 — Present

Collaborations with writers for children's books/ work in progress:

The secret of Strong Paw Bear, by Constantin Năstase, Tandem Media Publishing House
Shumi the Dwarf Hamster (self-publisher Denisa Rosca, 2021)
A special day for Patchie - By Andreea Carabelea (Total Publishing, 2021)
Together - by Oana Popescu (finnished/unpublished, 2020)
Me and This World - By Mihai Chituc (private project, 2020)

YURRKU Australia

Dec, 2013 — Mar, 2015 (about 1 year)

Packaging design illustrations for organic cosmetic products.
Illustrations for website.

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