olha tkachenko

olha tkachenko – Designer

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

Overview

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!
Services
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Fiction
Christian Fiction Classics Cultural & Ethnic Fantasy Picture Books
Languages
English
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 12 reviews

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Karen B.

Karen B.

Oct, 2023

The artwork is beautiful. Olha was responsive to my suggestions and revisions. She was on time according to schedule. We have good communication. I look forward to working with her more.
Allie D.

Allie D.

Aug, 2023

Olha does a wonderful job and is very responsive!
Allie D.

Allie D.

Jul, 2023

Olha has been wonderful to work with, and I'm so very happy with the illustrations she created for my book! I'm hoping to work with her again soon and would recommend her to anyone. She is professional, knowledgeable and communicative. She did the book design as well and I'm grateful to have been able to have one person do both design and illustrations. Great prices and quality of work.
Leonora M.

Leonora M.

Aug, 2022

Olga was absolutely great. I've worked with her twice now, when I commissioned original line drawings as chapter headings in 2 of my novels. They look fantastic and I get a lot of compliments on how good they are. Olga understood the brief clearly from the beginning and I accepted the first drawings she did - they were exactly what I had been looking for. She replies quickly to messages and I ...
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Daniel S.

Daniel S.

Dec, 2021

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!

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