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I am Tatiana (shortly Tati) Vovchek. I work as a freelance illustrator and designer based in Odessa, Ukraine. I create digital illustrations and specialise in vector illustrations of pets and lifestyle. I also illustrate non-fiction books for children. I have been active as an illustrator/designer for clients worldwide from my studio in Odessa since 2016.
Clients include: 4 Seasons Hotel Montreal, Touro University California, Plume, Holidog, Hector Kitchen, Leaders Publishing, Frau Hilda, БУК, OK English, New Generation, Photofunia, The Move, HappyBox, PetAlert, UDM Fashion, Grin, IQ Friends, Pet Adoption by PetAlert.
Before focusing on my artist career for 10 years I had been working as a web & graphic designer in IT companies in Odessa, Ukraine where I gradually reached the position of Art Director. Later in 2015 I gained job as a web designer in IT company in Paris, France. In parallel with my full-time work I started taking online&offline painting classes and searching my artistic voice.
In 2016 I switched from design to illustration. As of now I illustrated more than 30 children’s books, wrote & illustrated 2 non-fiction books as a co-author with Leaders Books Publishing. One of them called “Odessa funny guide for kids” was a big success with 3000+ copies sold so far.
Besides commercial illustration I love urban sketching - while travelling I make lots of live sketches with watercolour and ink of the places I visit. Also I love doing abstract art with acrylics on big canvas. Another interesting field for me is pattern design for kids brands. I create custom pattern collections which I sell on popular marketplaces.
If you have any questions, comments, commissions or interest in my work - Please contact me using the contact form below or write to my email t.vovchek@gmail.com, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
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EDUCATION
In 2008 year I finished Odessa Art School by K. Kostandi.
In 2009 year I gained my Masters degree in Computer science which I finished with honours at Odessa National University by I.Mechnikov.
In 2009 I finished web design course at Odessa Computer Academy ‘Step’.
In 2012 I finished web design course at Odessa Learning Center ‘Design Class’.
In 2014-2015 years I took private lessons on oil painting and academic drawing from artists Maria Guryanova, Sergey Bozhko, attended group lessons at Odessa art studio “Shtrikh”, made lots of paintings en pleinaire.
In 2016 I finished online watercolour course and illustration for beginners course at Kalacheva school.
In 2017 I took 3 online art classes at SVS Learn Art School.
In 2018 I took offline workshop from Victoria Semykina, award winning children’s books author and illustrator.
In 2018 I took offline workshop from Sergiy Maidukov, Kyiv based illustrator working for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian etc.
In 2021 I took online illustration course from Anya Kuvarzina, former lecturer at CSVPA​​​​​​​, UK and illustrator at Bright Agency.
USEFUL LINKS
Artworks for sale at SaatchiArt: https://www.saatchiart.com/account/artworks/1739854
CreativeMarket shop with design collections and illustrations: https://creativemarket.com/tatyvovchek
My Youtube channel with old work in progress videos and sketches: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6OTfWWrQmpscwdVb6zQj4w​​​​​​​

EXHIBITIONS
October 2021 - I participated at the autumn group exhibition at Bleshyunov Odessa museum. 4 of my illustrations from the book "Odessa Funny Guide for Kids" were selected together with other Ukrainian artists and illustrators accompanying the exposition of author dolls of Alexander Bessarabov.
August 2021 - 'Collage passage' group collage art exhibition at Gallery 202 in Odessa, Ukraine.
January 2020 - I participated at the group exhibition of urban sketchers Odessa and drink &draw community at Bleshyunov Odessa museum. 12 of my best illustrations were presented at the exhibition together with 14 other artists.
October 2019 - I participated at the exhibition of Odessa Urban sketchers group which was an open air exhibition with 14 artists participating.
August 2019 - I participated in open air group exhibition of Urban Sketchers Odessa at Shevchenko Park.
December 2016 - 3 of my works participated at the Christmas exhibition “Awaiting Masquerade” at Odessa Bleshyunov Museum.
November 2016 - my illustration participated at “SketchFest 2016” offline exhibition held in Moscow, Russia.
EVENTS & AWARDS
May 2021 - November 2021 - I was teaching fashion illustration basics course for fashion designers and illustrators at UDM fashion school in Odessa, Ukraine.
June 2019 -“Odessa funny guide for kids” children’s book was chosen as “The best book of the fair at the category ‘Odessika’” at 20th Ukrainian book fair in Odessa region. There were 100+ participants at the competition and about 9 winners in different categories.
January 2017 - I was teaching a watercolour sketching course held at local Odessa studio.
May 2017 - “Alice Cat Alphabet” picture book won as the best project at official Behance Portfolio review held in Odessa, Ukraine.
July 2016 - my illustrations were selected to the final among 50 artists with 150,000 participants of the sketching festival organised by Kalacheva Online Art School.
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