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 15 reviews

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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!
Karen B.

Karen B.

Feb, 2024

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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Jenny F.

Jenny F.

Jan, 2024

Olha did an exceptional job answering my questions, communicating with me on her pricing and process, and creating the art samples according to the general vision I gave her. She is an extremely talented artist and I highly recommend her work.
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.
olha T.
I am very happy with this collaboration! I can highly recommend Karen as a client!
Allie D.

Allie D.

Aug, 2023

Olha does a wonderful job and is very responsive!

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