olha tkachenko

olha tkachenko – Designer

Love creating magic! Children's book illustrator (10+ yrs) creating realistic, classic, and digital illustrations and book design!

Overview

Hey there! I'm Olha Tkachenko, a Toronto illustrator who loves creating magical worlds for children's books!


Born and raised in Ukraine, my art bursts with bright colors, playful patterns, and a touch of Eastern European flair.


Whether it's realistic characters, fantastical creatures, or funny cartoons, I can bring your story to life! I use all sorts of cool tools, from classic paints and pencils to digital magic.


I love working with authors and publishers to make their vision a reality. We can brainstorm ideas together, and I'm happy to make changes until you're thrilled with the illustrations.


I offer a minimum of two rounds of edits for sketches and one for the final artwork, so you can be sure everything looks just perfect!


Most importantly, I have a blast creating fun and colorful illustrations that make kids smile. Let's work together and bring your next children's book to life!

Services
Fiction
Action & Adventure Christian Fiction Classics Cultural & Ethnic Fantasy Magical Realism Picture Books
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Awards
  • Hiii illustration 2020

Work experience

Self-employed

Oct, 2016 — Present

● 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

Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management
Illustration
Little Red riding Hood

Olha, Tkachenko

Cover Design Illustration Book Interior Design Production Management
More Babas, Please!

Mutala, Marion

Illustration
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Clara and the Constellations (Moon Games)

Davis, Allie

Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
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Mommy Where Does Heaven Come From?

Pierce, Nicole

Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Illustration
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management
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Spencer the Squirrel Scurries to Share

Porfiri, Leni

Cover Design Illustration Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Book Interior Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
I Forgive You

Billing, Judy K

Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Talking To Jesus

Billing, Judy K

Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
In The Beginning

Billing, Judy

Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design
Illustration
My Buddy, Dido!

Marion Mutala

Illustration
Illustration
Illustration
Cover Design
Cover Design Illustration Typography Book Interior Design Production Management

olha has 17 reviews

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Jenny F.

Jenny F.

May, 2024

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Olha was really great to work with. She set clear expectations at the beginning, was helpful in engaging with the project and offering insightful feedback, checked in and communicated regularly about her progress and any questions she had, and delivered excellent quality work in a timely manner.
Karen B.

Karen B.

Feb, 2024

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I loved working with Olha. She was very professional and accommodating. This was my first book, so I leaned on her in ways that a seasoned writer would not. She was patient with me, and we had superb communication. Above all, her artwork is gorgeous. I probably could have gotten a less expensive illustrator. Still, I was willing to pay the additional amount because I saw her portfolio and felt ...
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Daniel S.

Daniel S.

Dec, 2021

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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!
olha T.
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!
Allie D.

Allie D.

Jun, 2024

I can’t say enough about working with Olha! I’m so very grateful for her work and professionalism. She is a jewel and so talented.
James H.

James H.

Mar, 2024

Olha has been a pleasure to work with on my book. She has guided me through several steps that really helped the project move forward. Her illustrations are beautiful. jh
olha T.
Collaborating with James, discussing the project, and finding creative ideas is easy. I can highly recommend James as a client!

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