olha tkachenko

olha tkachenko - Designer

Toronto, ON, Canada

Children's book illustrator with rich experience in classic and digital illustration and design for children's books

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I am a Toronto-based illustrator. I specialize in children's books. I was born and got my artist's education in Ukraine and love to follow the Eastern-European tradition in my art using vibrant colors, patterns, and decorativeness.
I work with both classic realistic and cartoon styles and create picture books, educational textbooks, etc.
I use classic mediums (colored pencils, watercolors, pastels, ink&pen, etc.) as well as digital applications and offer the whole spectrum of the design services from sketches to preparing layouts ready for printing!
When working on a project I need to know as much as possible about the author/publisher expectation such as following real prototypes in creating characters, scenes. I prefer to work in collaboration with a designer or do both the design and illustrations. I offer up to two reviews and corrections of the sketches, one review, and correction of the final illustrations and a layout.
I fun of good stories for kids and love to work in creating nice vibrant illustrations!
Action & Adventure
Christian Fiction
Cultural & Ethnic
Picture Books
Children’s Non-Fiction
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits


  • Hiii illustration 2020

Work experience

Illustrator/ Graphic designer

October, 2016 – Present (over 5 years)

● Illustrated, designed and prepared for printing more than 25 children’s books in 3 years
● Led the creative process during the concept development phase for each project including, research, brainstorming, character development, freehand sketches, client audits and corrections, design and layout, etc.
● Contributed to the development of style guides, and adhered to style guides in print and digital work
● Produced a variety of illustration styles and assets to be used for print and digitally
● Reviewed and implemented client feedback, ensuring alignment with branding and creative direction
● Followed production pipeline, ensure art is created and integrated into products efficiently

Portfolio (18 selected works)

Kolobok: The Small Round Bun

Tkachenko, Olha, Friesen, Tim, Tkachenko, Olha

My Buddy, Dido!

Marion Mutala, Olha Tkachenko

The Underdog Duckling

Sally Meadows, Olha Tkachenko

Mommy Where Does Heaven Come From?

Pierce, Nicole, Tkachenko, Olha

Little Red riding Hood

Olha, Tkachenko, Olha, Tkachenko

More Babas, Please!

Mutala, Marion, Tkachenko, Olha

In The Beginning

Billing, Judy, Tkachenko, Olha

Talking To Jesus

Billing, Judy K, Tkachenko, Olha

I Forgive You

Billing, Judy K, Tkachenko, Olha

God Loves You This Much!

Billing, Judy K, Tkachenko, Olha

Saving Tonbra's Finger

Nwanze, Ekide, Tkachenko, Olha

olha has 8 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Daniel Sproul
Olha has been a blessing! Her work is magnificent. She is very helpful, has a lot of knowledge. She has been providing good information to help us make better decisions, and ways to save money. We are still in the process of working with her and plan to use her on all work going forward! Olha is highly suggested!

Daniel Sproul, December 2021

olha tkachenko
Thank you for the collaboration, Daniel! It was a pleasure to work on your project, and the whole idea of your book is highly respected! Hope to work with you in the future again!

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Leni Porfiri
It was a pleasure working with Olha Tkachenko from beginning to end. She can capture the emotion of the story and depict it in the character and scene she is illustrating. She had me approve the sketches before starting and allowed corrections which I liked, also, the first try at the cover art was a hit. She captured the story theme and the character perfectly right off the bat. I would work w...
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Leni Porfiri, October 2021

Nicole Pierce
Once again, Olha did a phenomenal job exceeded my expectations and produced incredible illustration. She is so easy to work with!!

Nicole Pierce, September 2021

olha tkachenko
Nicole is a perfect customer: very supportive and punctual, it is a big pleasure to collaborate with her on the projects!

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Amit Rachman
Olha did an amazing job bringing my book to life! This is my second time working with her and she is talented, punctual, and flexible. Definitely work with her if you get the chance, you will not be disappointed!

Amit Rachman, June 2021

Nicole Pierce
It has been a pleasure to work with Olha. She is incredibly talented. My book turned out amazing, better than I could have imagined. Her knowledge and advice were so helpful. She is professional, prompt, great communication. I am so grateful to have found her! I have already hired her to do my 2nd book. I cannot give her enough praises. I am thrilled with the final project and would recommend O...
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Nicole Pierce, June 2021

olha tkachenko
I was happy to work with Nicole on her book! She is very punctual, gave clear notices about her expectations and a lot of freedom for creativity!

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