Olga Ptashnik
On the wings in the cities

Children's Publishing

Un-commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
It is a self-initiated creative non-fiction project of the book with an ornithologist Pavel Kvartalnov about animals in the cities. We had a goal to share our passion for a wildlife in the cities and show how many animals are sharing these concrete walls with people.

How was the illustration used:
Full spread book illustrations

How did you make this work:
All illustrations are made in mixed media technique including graphite, watercolours and pencils. My goal as an illustrator was to show animals recognizably yet not in a scientific way, adding a little bit of characters in drawings. Also it was very interesting to find a way to make animals and cities sound together although of different appearances.

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Olga Ptashnik is an award-winning Russian artist, who finds her inspiration from living in the beautiful Caucasus Mountains. When she was a kid, she would skip solfeggio classes to draw boats in the sea in the next room. After an MD in biophysics, she chose illustration as her career path and loves to mix her passion for science and illustrations in her work.