Katerina Polyakova
Cephalopods from Head to Toe

Children's Publishing

Un-commissioned | New Talent

Why did you make this work:
Flora and fauna are my favorite subjects to depict. Cephalopods as a subject for research and drawing fascinated me with their complex behavior, flamboyance, and incredible superpowers. My passion for animals, together with my natural tendency to organize information, motivated me to write and illustrate this narrow-focused encyclopedia.

How was the illustration used:
These illustrations are part of a book for my MFA Thesis project. I was designing it for middle-grade children and aimed to produce an encyclopedia, which is both entertaining and educating.

How did you make this work:
The medium I chose to illustrate the book was defined by my background in graphic design and printmaking. All illustrations are a complex combination of digital tools and traditional materials. I tried to keep a restricted color palette, experimented with linocut scans, and digital textures.

Social Media:
behance.net/EkaterinaPolyakova, dribbble.com/karambaram

Personal Website:

Fashion Institute of Technology
MFA Illustration
Year of Graduation:

Currently Based:
United States

Katerina Polyakova was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She graduated with a degree in Graphic Design from St.Peterburg State University. After several years of work in advertising, she moved to New York and earned an MFA in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Katerina likes to experiment with textures and colors to produce a cozy and handmade look for her illustrations.