Olga Levitskiy is a freelance illustrator based in New Jersey. She received a BFA in Illustration from the University of Hartford Art School. Her illustration training was strongly emphasized on traditional drawing and painting skills.
Olga works primarily in watercolors, acrylics, and colored pencils. She combines realism with charming characters to complement the message of each story that she illustrates. She enjoys creating engaging and humorous artwork appealing to both adults and children. Olga is always inspired by great writing and enjoys the continuing learning process in the evolving field of illustration. She feels truly grateful that she is able to
follow her heart, and do what she loves for a living.
Olga Levitskiy is the illustrator of Mr. Groundhog Wants The Day Off, written by Pat Stemper Vojta, published by Raven Tree Press. Currently she is awaiting the publication of Trevor’s Bully Problem, being published by Team Dawg Productions Inc., as well as working on a second book for the Team Dawg series entitled It’s All About Respect.
1: To create an illustration I usually begin the process by brainstorming over
the story, or concept, and getting a feel for the characters and setting. While
reading, I do small thumbnail sketches.
2: To get the environment and figures, with the proper lighting and atmosphere,
photo reference is then compiled. I gather reference of all parts of the image,
at times using family, friends, and even myself as models.
Step 3: Using the reference, the drawing is then created in full scale. I drawn and at times redrawn to get it just right.
Step 4: The drawing is then outlined and transferred to watercolor board. After the board is prepared, the edges are taped off and some parts of the image are masked off. I begin to apply paint in thin washes.
Step 5: I continue to build up the watercolors, and at times thin acrylic paint in layers.
Step 6: Once I’ve gotten the washes to the state that I am happy with I start using colored pencils to finesse the details and add texture to the painting.
Step 7&8: When the painting is complete, the tape around the edges is removed and the image is scanned in. I add any digital text that is needed. While the feeling in the end is rewarding, there is nothing more exciting than moving on to another blank page and getting to work on the next painting.
Here’s a few Portfolio pieces:
If you would like to see more of Olga’s work, you can click here for her website: http://www.illustrationsbyolga.com/Illustrations_by_Olga/Home.html Or better yet, look for her at the June Conference Art Exhibit. You will be receiving a piece of her art on the bag you’ll get at registration.