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!
Christian Fiction
Cultural & Ethnic
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits


  • Hiii illustration 2020

Work experience

Little Big Me

October, 2016 – Present (almost 4 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


Snow White and Ruby Rose

Illustration to the famous fairy tale by Brothers Grimm published by OLMA Press, Russia, in 2013.
The illustrations are drawn by colored pencils.

A series of illustrations for a recipe card set

The series of the illustrations were created for the recipe card gift set, a unique souvenir project created by the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Saskatoon in 2016. The set includes cards with recipes of 12 traditional Ukrainian Christmas Lent dishes. The illustrations for the set and the cover are painted by watercolors.

"My Buddy, Dido!" and "More Babas, please!"

Two books with poetry from Marion Mutala. Published by MY NIckel Worth publishing, Saskatchewan.
the poems are dedicated to all grandparents.
2018, 2019

Family book

The non-commercial project, the book written by Art Neilans for his family about his grandchildren.
the illustrations are created with colored pencils with followeth the real people characters.

Christian poetry for children

The series of books with Christian poetry for children by Judy Billing.
The illustrations painted with watercolors. I worked with illustrations, design, layout, covers, and preparing the files for printing.

Little Red Riding Hood

The classic story Little Red Riding Hood published by Studiotreasure, Toronto.
I used a classic realistic style with a lot of decorative frames and little illustrations added to the main plot.
The illustrations are drawn by colored pencils.

Ukrainian folktales

Series of bilingual books with Ukrainian folktales in English and Ukrainian. Created and published with the grant support of the Taras Shevchenko Ukrainian Canadian art foundation. Five books in the series. I retold the stories in Ukrainian, translated into English, illustrated, created the cover and book design and layout.

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