About Me

My name is Violeta Dabija and I'm a freelance children's book illustrator from Republic of Moldova, Eastern Europe.
I have a strong art background (a BA degree in Fine Arts/Graphic Design) and 5 years full-time employment experience as a children's book illustrator for a major local publishing house. In 2005 I decided to go freelance and promote my work out of my country. Currently I am a full-time freelancer and work with clients from all over the world.
My focus is on producing magic pictures, whimsical and unique environments for my characters. I keep my work simple and clear but I pay meticulous attention to detail. I work in both traditional and digital media and I also love combining traditional and digital techniques while retaining the traditional feel of the illustration. I enjoy illustrating children's books and find nothing better than making people happy with my work.
I have illustrated about 25 children's books and my work has been featured in the 07/08 Edition of 200 Best Illustrators worldwide.

If you like my style and are interested in working with me, please don't hesitate to contact me at illustrator@violetadabija.com I'd love to hear from you. I hope you enjoy my images and thank you for stopping by.

Violeta Dabija CV click to download [zip file]

Personal details
E-mail: illustrator@violetadabija.com
Web site: www.violetadabija.com
60, Gradinilor Str, ap. 24
Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

Education

1997 - 2002 Academy Of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts from Republic of Moldova / Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, Graphics
1990-1997 Republican Art Liceum "Igor Vieru" from Chisinau

Work Experience

2001-2005 Employee of "Prut International" Publishing House as children's book illustrator
2005-Current Full-time freelance children's book illustrator

Skills

Adobe CS 2/4 - Photoshop, Illustrator
Corel Painter
Hand drawing
Traditional techniques: watercolor, acrylic, gouache, oil, colored pencils

Spoken languages

Romanian: fluent (native)
English: speaking-intermediate, writing/understanding-advanced
Russian: speaking-advanced, writing-advanced

Exhibitions

Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava "BIB 2007"
Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava "BIB 2005"
Moscow Comics Festival"ComMissia-2005"

Achievements

About 25 published books
2007-Featured in the 07/08 Edition of 200 Best Illustrators worldwide
2003- Awarded "Best Collection for Children" by IBBY for the collection "I want to learn"
Member of IBBY National Section

Recent clients

Yeowon Media Publishing - Korea
Rubicon Publishing - Canada
Speakaboos - NY
UNICEF
Imago design studio - Republic of Moldova
Prut International - Republic of Moldova