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Those who draw between the words: 7 Ukrainian illustrators you should know

Author : Tetyana Teren

20:58, 14 July 2016
Those who draw between the words: 7 Ukrainian illustrators you should know

Author : Tetyana Teren

The classical texts remain unchanged for generations, but thanks to illustrators, ancient works become modern, and we love them, as our parents used to do..

20:58, 14 July 2016

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Remembering the favorite books of our childhood, we usually know their authors, but rarely can remember who illustrated these books.

This is extremely unfair, because sometimes we do not recall the plot, while the images of favorite characters remain with us forever.

The classical texts remain unchanged for generations, but thanks to illustrators, ancient works become modern, and we love them, as our parents used to do.

Here we present seven Ukrainian illustrators with really recognizable style, who form the library for the youngest readers: Vladislav Yerko, Kost Lavro, Kateryna Shtanko, Oleg Petrenko-Zanevskiy, Andriy Lesiv, Roman Romanyshyn, and Maksym Palenko.

This time, we decided to acquaint you with Ukrainian illustrators whose names you might be unknown for you, but whose works embellish the library of every demanding reader.

 Natalya Gaida (39 years)

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Natalya is violinist and system administrator, so the secrets illustration she has learned by herself.

Natalya began her career with designing covers for "Urbino" publishing and "Old Lion Publishing House".

She cannot definitely determine her style. "This is mainly computer graphics, but this is a very general concept, - explains the artist. - Now I move towards expressiveness and simplicity of form."

The artist notes that today Ukrainian publishing market is growing, so many new interesting illustrators appeared.

The Ukrainian publishers still lag behind the world in terms of technologies. 

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The artist notes that today Ukrainian publishing market is growing, so many new interesting illustrators appeared.

This Ukrainian publishers still lag behind the world in terms of technologies. "For example, some pop-ups or cutting. The vast majority of books is published in China, but I think it's a matter of time."

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Olha Degtyariova (36 years)

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After graduating from the Faculty of book graphics of Ukrainian Academy of Printing in Lviv, Olha has been working as a designer in advertising agencies, business magazines. 10 years ago, she decided to focus solely on the illustrations.

"Today, Ukrainian book illustration industry began so develop sustainably: there are some courses, master classes, there is a professional community,"- says Olha.

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Degtyariova cooperated with the Russian publishing house "Mann, Ivanov and Ferber" and Glowberry Books.

Like most of the modern illustrators, Degtyariova uses computer programs. "I'm not interested to put myself in any frame and kept repeating old. So I always try to experiment and evolve," says the artist.

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According to Olha, Ukrainian illustration is now heavily influenced by Europe, and this is very difficult to underline the uniqueness of the Ukrainian style.

Rostyslav Popsky (35 years)

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Popsky illustrates books for the two leading Ukrainian publishing houses "A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA" and "Old Lion Publishing House".

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Rostyslav says that he does not adhere to a certain style or technique in his work, but tries to move away from realism that prevails in domestic illustrations, He notes that Western artists allow themselves to experiment with new forms and approaches.

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Olha Havrylova (33 years)

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Ceramist Olha Havrylovahas never thought that she would become an illustrator. But once she decided to participate in the contest for book illustrators.

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“Each new book is an experiment. I always want to find new images, color harmony, different styles," says Olha. In recent years, Ukrainian book market presents more interesting experiments.

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Ivan Sulima (30 years)

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Kyiv illustrator who works in digital graphics technology says that his first teachers were his father and grandfather - Konstantyn Sulima and Petro Kozin.

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He believes that the main problem of the domestic publishers is inability to pay royalties.

However, according to Ivan, the domestic illustration style becomes less realistic, and various experiments take place in this sphere. Still it is difficult to compare Ukrainian market with foreign one.

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Ivan Sulima works with "A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA" and illustrated "Kotyhoroshko" for IPad (KievSeaPirates, 2013).

Polina Doroshenko (27 years)

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Polina Doroshenko, a graduate of the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, had a trip to Bologna, where she attended Children's Book Fair. "This is a global event, where I have seen the most modern illustration trends."

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Doroshenko works in mixed technique and tries to find a unique architectural approach to each new project.

"Ukrainian publishers become more and more willing to experiment and participate in commercially risky projects, - Polina shares her observations. - The main thing is that the consumer must be ready for these experiments."

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Eugenia Haydamaka (23 years)

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After studying at Graphics Publishing and Printing Department of Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, Eugenia Haydamaka has decided to continue her education in America as part of the Master of Fine Arts in Illustration at Savannah College of Art.

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New experience allows Eugenia to compare Ukrainian and American artwork, which according to the artist, have a lot in common.

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"In the US, illustration is a mix of styles, combining comics, concept art, traditional media. Ukrainian illustration is not that diverse, but it is a matter of time. Although it should be noted that many Ukrainian publishers are clumsy and unshakable in their tastes," underlines the illustrator.

Eugenia usually works with digital illustration, and also she is experimenting with watercolor, acryl, and etching.

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