Catherine Bassova

Catherine Bassova – Designer

I am a freelance illustrator and art director with a passion for children's books and character design.


I'm a professional freelance illustrator having experience working with publishing houses and self-published authors alike, specializing in children's books and fantasy genres.

I love telling a story through color, composition, and expressive characters. My style is a unique combination of traditional and digital media that can bring a pop of color into your story, or create a subtle companion to your words.

I prefer to work closely with my clients so I could bring their vision to life. It's always a true collaboration - from preliminary explorations, sketches, and dummy books to the final art and book layout. So let's start something new and exciting together now!
Children's Fantasy Young Adult Fantasy
  • Gittle List Winner, 2018
  • Showcase 100 art exhibition, London, UK
  • SCBWI WWA Illustrators exhibit, Seattle, WA, USA
  • BFA in Illustration, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA, USA

Work experience


Jan, 2012 — Present

Learning A-Z

Apr, 2015 — Sep, 2018 (over 3 years)

I created the interior and cover illustrations for several books for beginning readers.


The Little Radish

Freeman, Benjamin W

You may have heard his name, now hear his story... This is an inspirational story of one extraordinary boy who was presented with an exceptional challenge. With the support of his big brother, he overcomes several obstacles and against all odds becomes a real ... read more
A fabulous fairy tale in the classic tradition. A greedy king learns that wealth and possessions are not enough. Dreams cannot be bought, captured or summoned, they must be lived. Wonderfully illustrated by the talented Seattle artist Cathy-Reene, this book is... read more

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