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About Me

Hello, my name is Yuliia and I'm an illustrator and surface pattern designer from Ukraine currently living in India with my husband Rohan and our cat Toothless.

I graduated as an artist with a speciality in graphic design. So, I started my professional career as a graphic designer. After a few years of working in this field, I realised that my real passion was in illustrating, so, in 2012, I did the big thing, I left my job and started freelancing and moving towards illustration. And I love it!

Nature is one of my biggest inspirations and I'm an avid bird-watcher. I grew up surrounded by nature in the beautiful city Cherkasy with coniferous forests on a bench of a huge Dnipro river. Each summer I spent in the countryside, where together with my sister we were roaming and discovering nature the whole days. Nature is my home.

At one stage of my illustrator career, I realised that I want my art to be useful so that's how I decided to spread awareness about the environment through illustration.

Inspired to do this I take courses on ecology and environment to have needed knowledge to spread information through my art.

Creating surface pattern designs is one of my passions and I always enjoy the process of drawing them. I love to draw detailed and busy patterns, sometimes funny and cute, but mainly about nature, especially animals and birds. I worked for various brands on apparel, fabric, home decor, accessories and stationery projects, and also for my own brand. 

Among other, I have a great experience in creating illustrations for coloring books, magazines and also for apparel and mobile apps. I published my own coloring book as well.

I enjoy creating detailed illustrations, especially in zentangle and doodle styles with Ukrainian ornaments and symbols.

 

Drawing imaginary wonderworlds for kids is another kind of illustration I love to do. I like to fill in illustrations with cute and funny details so it's interesting for kids to look at the illustration and observe.

My illustrations are often rooted in Ukrainian culture and filled with traditional ornaments and ancient symbols that create unique patterns. 

I regularly do my professional development by taking classes on illustration and different art techniques, improving my skills and knowledge in the illustration field. In 2021 I won Domestika Scollarship and in 2023 I was awarded a Full Scholarship for Picture Book course by The Good Ship Illustration. It's such a great opportunity for professional growth! 

I'm always happy to work on surface pattern designs, eco/wildlife illustrations, colouring books, and children's books.

For work inquiries, or to say hello, please email me at yuliia.bahniuk@gmail.com

I look forward to working with you!

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Selected Clients

• Workman Publishing, Hachette Book Group • Books International • ZOX • Yiume • KAZOO magazine • WWF

Parasolia Publishing • Vydavnytstvo Publishing • Andhra Pradesh Forest Department • Intelligent Idiots

  Eco Games • TURN4TURN • Alam Santi • Orner • PRIMO • Colorkid • Sumoing • Lil City • GROUNDESIGNS •

Exhibitions

  • All-Ukrainian exhibition-contest "I want to live in a high-quality world”, Cherkassy Scientific and Production Center of Standardization, Metrology and Certification, 2004

  • Graphic design exhibition “In Ten”, Cherkasy Art Museum​, 2007

  • Cow Design Festival, Dnipro, 2007

  • Competition of posters on language theme, Ukraine, 2008

  • “Holodomor. Memory symbols” inter-regional poster action in memory of victims of the Holodomor 1932-1933, Cherkasy Art Museum, 2008

  • “Vytynanky” exhibition, Cherkasy State Business College, 2009

  • “My Native Land”, The Cherkasy Local History Museum, 2013

  • An exhibition of illustrations from the second volume of the book "She Did It" at the Museum of Khanenko, Kyiv, 2018

Publications

• The Holodomor. Memory Symbols

• KAZOO magazine(Isuue 02)

• Coloring Notebook(01 Edition)

• Pure, 2016

• BENTO magazine(Issue 03)

• KAZOO magazine(Isuue 07)

• Coloring Notebook(02 Edition)

• "She did it"(2 Volume)

• ArtPage 500 Children's Illustrations by Worldwide Artists

Interviews

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