Niki Leonidou

Niki Leonidou - Designer

London, UK

Freelance illustrator since 2001, with more than 180 books published worldwide. Always looking forward to the next exciting project!

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Overview

I have been working as an illustrator since 2001, after graduating from the Kent Institute of Art & Design. I am an award nominated illustrator, with more than 180 books with my work published worldwide. I am also a published author in Greece. My picture book, written in English and illustrated by me, was nominated for the best picture book concept Keycolours award, in Belgium, 2014.

I have illustrated a lot of picture books for Greek publishers such as Minoas, Metaixmio, Savalas, Saitis and more. I have also illustrated a lot f educational books for Greek and USA publishers such as Mondo publishing, Benchmark education, Collaborative classroom and more. I have also worked illustrating children's books with other publishers like Yeowon media in Korea, Mehta publishers in India and Ransom publishers in UK.

When it comes working with an author, I always welcome any kind of reference they wish to give me and always talk a lot about the project before and during the illustration. My aim is that they are happy with the result as this is a collaborative work, not something I do on my own. I am also happy to help and give new insight and ideas if they are not very sure about what they want. Also very happy to do the design and layout in case this is needed and produce a ready for print pdf.
Languages
English
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's - Picture Books
Classics
Fantasy
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Education & Reference
Nature
Travel

Certifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Visual communication/Pathway illustration, Kent Institute of Art & Design
  • Foundation course in Art & Design, Kent Institute of Art & Design

Awards

  • Nomination for the Keycolours award for best picture book concept, Belgium 2014

Work experience

Freelance illustrator

Self-employed
September, 2001 – Present (about 18 years)

I am an illustrator, specializing in children's books. I have illustrated more than 180 books so far, picture books, chapter books, educational books, folk and myth books, covers etc. I have also done illustrations for adult poetry books. I also do murals, wallpaintings, decorate furniture and more generally, I draw on all kinds of surfaces. I also love designing invitations, posters, business cards and anything that would challenge me and inspire me!

Portfolio (3 selected works)

Hailey Hippo lost her Teddy: Board Book

Zeeny Jhelumi

A series of concept board books with simplestories that are illustrated with bright colourfulpictures for children to enjoy. The series willcover topics like farm animals, positions,opposites,the beach, the jungle, and seasons.

A series of concept board books with simplestories that are illustrated with bright colourfulpictures for children to enjoy. The series willcover topics like farm animals, positions,opposites,the beach, the jungle, and seasons.

What should Hailey Hippo do?: Board Book

Zeeny Jhelumi

A series of concept board books with simplestories that are illustrated with bright colourfulpictures for children to enjoy. The series willcover topics like farm animals, positions,opposites,the beach, the jungle, and seasons.

A series of concept board books with simplestories that are illustrated with bright colourfulpictures for children to enjoy. The series willcover topics like farm animals, positions,opposites,the beach, the jungle, and seasons.

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