Siski Kalla

Siski Kalla - Designer

London, UK

Watercolour illustrator with a passion for nature, wildlife, pets, children, food and travel. A little sprinkle of magic is always nice too.

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Overview

I absolutely love working with art directors and directly with authors on their books. When a story and the characters resonate with me it makes the entire process seem like fun and I enjoy spending time in their 'world'. I especially enjoy illustrating quirky, sweet or funny characters, and I love illustrating animal characters too. Giving them personality is challenging but I enjoy that!

I've illustrated several children's books, creating magical imagery for I Love You This Much! for Wonderbly Publishing, and sweet, tender illustrations for I Don't Like Birthday Parties for Trigger Publishing, among others.

Character is key when I am creating art for children's books and I try to illustrate the story while allowing the art to create a narrative too. I use bright colours and especially light and shade to create atmospheric scenes and evoke emotions. When viewers look at my art I want them to be transported to another place, and to wish they could be inside one of my paintings. My passions are nature, animals, children, food and travel.
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Languages
English
Fiction
Children's
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction

Certifications

  • ICB: illustrating children's books, Lilla Rogers Illustration Agency

Work experience

Two children's books

Self-employed
July, 2020 – Present (almost 2 years)

Working with Mindy Weiss, celebrity wedding planner, on two stories she has written about a flower girl for a wedding, and a ringbearer boy. This has been one of the most lovely jobs I've had to date. Such a pleasure to illustrate! Mindy is a joy to work with.

Children's picture book

Self-employed
June, 2020 – September, 2020 (3 months)

I'm just finishing illustrating a children's book for Trigger Publishing (imprint of UpsideDown Books). It's been wonderful working with the editor, Hannah, as we've collaborated on the composition and characters. It's a lovely story about a boy who doesn't like birthday parties and how he finds a happy solution to his problem.

Children's picture book

Self-employed
September, 2019 – December, 2019 (3 months)

Colour illustrations for a new book by Wonderbly Publishing, called I Love You This Much! Such a wonderful experience working with this lovely team.

Children's illustrations for books, theatre and wall art

Self-employed
January, 2016 – August, 2019 (over 3 years)

Illustrations for a series of children's picture books published by an author in arabic; set of illustrations that were projected as scenery for a musical performance in the theatre; ongoing commissions for wall art and textiles.

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chris plumley
I could not imagine life without Siski. Her illustrations and artwork were perfect. She is responsive and helpful and so kind and just a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend her to anyone and everyone!

chris plumley, April 2022

Siski Kalla
It was a joy to work with you and Mimi! Thank you so much!

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Kathy Urban
As ever, it's been an absolute delight to work with Siski. She illustrated some spot images of the characters from my upcoming book. Her talent, skill and positive attitude shines through in all of her art. Siski is very easy to work with. I look forward to our next collaboration.

Kathy Urban, April 2022


phyllis schwartz
Siski was a dream to work with. Her illustrations are beautiful and a perfect complement for my words. She was also a great partner, often suggesting art ideas that enhanced my work. She was proactive and organized and a true professional. I hope I get to work with her again on future books

phyllis schwartz, February 2022

Siski Kalla
What a wonderful time we had making this book come to life! Phyllis is wonderful to work with, receiving her emails and discussing ideas was a pleasure, and of course I loved the story too - I am l...
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chris plumley
Where to begin?! Siski is amazing. She is kind and helpful and above all her work is superb. She asked questions which drilled down to, and resulting, in, her illustrations being exactly what we were looking for. We could not be more pleased and highly recommend her to anybody.

chris plumley, November 2021

Siski Kalla
Thank you so much! I have so enjoyed working on these special illustrations. You and your family's feedback has made the whole process so joyful. Thank you!

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steve schechter
Siski is not only a fabulous artist, but a wonderful collaborator. She fully invested herself in my book from the start, and was gracious, thoughtful, terrifically creative, and shared willingly of her experience in my genre. I could not have found a better illustrator or collaborator for my children's book--her sensitivity and intelligence were evident in every lovely painting she did for me, ...
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steve schechter, November 2021

Siski Kalla
I feel incredibly lucky to have worked with you! It's especially wonderful to work on stories that I really connect with and I have enjoyed every minute. Thank you!

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