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Illustration for a children's book, Ink & pastel on paper, 2017

Keywords: Figurative, Pastel, Pen & Ink, Realism, Animals, Botanical, Children, Children's Books, People, Vintage / Retro

© Maria Viidalepp
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Oil on paper, 2016 illustration of Illustration for a children's book
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Illustration for a children's book Oil on paper, 2016

Keywords: Fine Art, Oil, Painterly, Architecture, Children, Children's Books, Editorial, Mystery

© Maria Viidalepp
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Ink & pastel on paper, 2017

Illustration for a children's book, Ink & pastel on paper, 2017

Keywords: Figurative, Pastel, Pen & Ink, Realism, Family, Leisure, Portrait, Lifestyle, Vintage / Retro, Urban

© Maria Viidalepp
illustration of Illustration for a children's book
Oil on paper, 2016 illustration of Illustration for a children's book
Oil on paper, 2016

Illustration for a children's book Oil on paper, 2016

Keywords: Fine Art, Mixed Media, Oil, Painterly, Realism, Animals, Children, Children's Books, Portrait, Wildlife

© Maria Viidalepp
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Oil on paper, 2015 illustration of Illustration for a children's book, 
Oil on paper, 2015

Illustration for a children's book, Oil on paper, 2015

Keywords: Figurative, Fine Art, Oil, Painterly, Silhouette, Children, Children's Books, Family, Mystery, Vintage / Retro

© Maria Viidalepp
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Oil on paper, 2016 illustration of Illustration for a children's book,
Oil on paper, 2016

Illustration for a children's book, Oil on paper, 2016

Keywords: Graphic, Mixed Media, Oil, Children, Children's Books, Family, Music, Portrait, Vintage / Retro, Youth

© Maria Viidalepp
illustration of Illustration for a children's book,
Ink & pastel on paper, 2017 illustration of Illustration for a children's book,
Ink & pastel on paper, 2017

Illustration for a children's book, Ink & pastel on paper, 2017

Keywords: Pastel, Pen & Ink, Humor, Children, Children's Books, Family, Health, Sports, Vintage / Retro, Youth

© Maria Viidalepp
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pen & ink on paper, 2016 illustration of Illustration for a children's book,
pen & ink on paper, 2016

Illustration for a children's book, pen & ink on paper, 2016

Keywords: Black & White, Caricature, Pen & Ink, Humor, Action, Children, Children's Books, Education, Vintage / Retro, Youth

© Maria Viidalepp
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Illustration for a children's book, pencil on paper, 2016

Keywords: Black & White, Cartoon, Pencil, Children, Children's Books, Comic Book, Family, People, Romance, Youth

© Maria Viidalepp
illustration of Illustration for a children's book,
Pencil on paper, 2016 illustration of Illustration for a children's book,
Pencil on paper, 2016

Illustration for a children's book, Pencil on paper, 2016

Keywords: Black & White, Pencil, Humor, Children, Children's Books, Comic Book, Education, Family, Romance, Youth

© Maria Viidalepp

Maria Viidalepp

illustration of Illustration for a children's book,
Ink & pastel on paper, 2017
illustration of Illustration for a children's book
Oil on paper, 2016
illustration of Illustration for a children's book,
Ink & pastel on paper, 2017
illustration of Illustration for a children's book
Oil on paper, 2016
illustration of Illustration for a children's book, 
Oil on paper, 2015
illustration of Illustration for a children's book,
Oil on paper, 2016
illustration of Illustration for a children's book,
Ink & pastel on paper, 2017
illustration of Illustration for a children's book,
pen & ink on paper, 2016
illustration of Illustration for a children's book,
pencil on paper, 2016
illustration of Illustration for a children's book,
Pencil on paper, 2016

Biography

I started describing stories in pictures after I realised that it was often too problematic to live out my ideas in real life. Like wanting to fill my parents living room with enough water to be able to reach the ceiling... Before graduating from the Estonian Academy of Arts (2008) I received academic painting & drawing training at my artist father's studio. I chose Fashion Design as my main subject since I adored drawing fashion illustrations. After my Bachelor's degree I started working as a correspondent journalist for a fashion magazine in Los Angeles, California. At the same time I continued to develop my interest in oil painting, participating in exhibitions and performances in LA. In 2012 I held a major solo exhibition with oil paintings and prints in Pärnu, Estonia. Getting tired of writing about fashion and getting more interested in interviewing people & observing their lives I decided to take my Masters in Documentary film directing. Two years of studies at the Baltic Film & Media School was full of analysing framing, scripts, photography and storytelling. After graduation I moved to Paris, France where I got my first illustration commission for a poetry book. In 2013 I held a pop-up exhibition in Alicante, Spain, presenting big format oil paintings - reflections from Paris. I then moved to London, UK. I have now illustrated 6 books. Two for grown-ups, three for children and one for teenagers. I work with traditional media such as watercolour, colour ink, graphite, pastel, oil colour and marker pen as well as with digital media.

Style/Techniques

Black & White, Caricature, Cartoon, Figurative, Fine Art, Graphic, Mixed Media, Oil, Painterly, Pastel, Pen & Ink, Pencil, Realism, Silhouette

Subject/Specialties

Humor, Action, Animals, Architecture, Botanical, Children, Children's Books, Comic Book, Editorial, Education, Family, Health, Leisure, Music, Mystery, People, Portrait, Romance, Sports, Wildlife, Lifestyle, Vintage / Retro, Youth, Urban