Igor Karash
Graphic Novel VICTOR: A Soldier's Story written by Luba Ostashevsky and Eugene Ostashevsky

Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
This body of work was commissioned by the writer duo—sister and brother Luba and Eugene Ostashevsky who are professional writers and descendants of a survivor of the Siege of Leningrad . Victor, their grandfather, left a memoir about the years of his youth during the blockade and as a soldier at the Battle of Stalingrad .

How was the illustration used:
I was asked to produce a preliminary cover design and 20 pages of narrative illustrations for the graphic novel's prologue. Now the entire presentation package is in the submission process.

How did you make this work:
All work was done digitally, but to evoke a hand-drawn, lithographic style echoing books of the Soviet Era of in the 1930’s and 1940’s and to celebrate the great graphic and illustration legacy of St. Petersburg (Leningrad).

Commissioner Name :
Luba Ostashevsky
Commissioner Company :
Ayesha Pande Literary
Commissioned for:
Submission to Ayesha Pande Literary

Social Media:
facebook.com/Igor Karash Illustration

Personal Website:

Currently Based:
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Igor Karash is an illustrator based in Saint Louis, Missouri—originally from Baku, Azerbaijan. Igor’s work has been recognized by House of Illustration and Folio Society, Lürzer Archive’s 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide, American Illustration 32, 34 and 38, Graphis, 3x3 Magazine and the Society of Illustrators 61. Igor’s profile is also part of the TASCHEN 100 Illustrators edition curated by Steven Heller and Julius Wiedemann, 2019.