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Svetlana Molodchenko

Svetlana Molodchenko - Russian Federation based illustrator

Looking at Svetlana Molodchenko’s artwork is like stepping back to a long-lost era of finery and grandeur – a Renaissance painting, a medieval cathedral or perhaps even an Ancient Greek villa. Rich in detail but with a light touch, there’s a sense of craft and luxury in everything she draws.
Based in Moscow, Svetlana has vast experience working in the creative industries as a graphic designer but her passion for illustration, illumination and calligraphy is what drives her. Book covers, packaging, home décor – clients come to her for a whole range of projects requiring ultra-premium treatment. From the mosaics of Byzantium to heraldic engravings and on to Celtic illuminations like The Book of Kells, inspiration steps out of the mists of time. Svetlana’s dedication to accuracy, which includes deadlines, will astound you.

Approach

You won’t find an artist with a process more authentic than Svetlana’s. She creates everything by hand using traditional materials – paper, parchment, watercolours, sheet and shell gold, silverpoint, brushes and nibs. Her paints are made with natural pigment, and every detail is considered from the earliest sketches. By glazing her watercolours with translucent layers, she builds volume with each stroke to capture the effect of medieval lighting.

Style

Whether it’s truly traditional or infused with modern themes, each illustration Svetlana creates is delicate and sophisticated. The beauty and the grace of the past, alive again in the modern world.

Languages

Svetlana is fluent in Russian, with written English.

Client list

Her clients include Meshcheryakov Publishing, ARK Playing Cards, Earth London, Danny Wong and numerous private commissions.
Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Tea
Working with Jacquie Lawson Ecards, Sveta Dorosheva paints a splendid and extravagant autumnal garden tea setting.
Afternoon Tea
Dark Rise in London
Dark Rise in London
Outstanding map work by Sveta Dorosheva is featured in C.S. Pacat’s novel "Dark Rise".
Dark Rise in London
Cult Spirits
Cult Spirits
Illustrating an article on the best rare spirits, Sveta Dorosheva excels in enhancing the pages of Wine Enthusiast magazine.
Cult Spirits
The True Adventures of Wolfboy
The True Adventures of Wolfboy
Creating over 100 pieces of art, Sveta Dorosheva's work for Vertical Entertainment's The True Adventures of Wolfboy can now be shown.
The True Adventures of Wolfboy
King of Scars
King of Scars
An exquisite map is drawn by Sveta Dorosheva for Leigh Bardugo's King of Scars.
King of Scars
Double Celebrations for Dorosheva!
Double Celebrations for Dorosheva!
Sveta Dorosheva has been shortlisted in the WIA Awards for both the design and advertising categories.
Double Celebrations for Dorosheva!
The Nenuphar Book
The Nenuphar Book
Written and illustrated by Sveta Dorosheva, 'The Nenuphar Book' is published in Japan.
The Nenuphar Book
The Power of Disney
The Power of Disney
Sveta Dorosheva draws a fascinating illustration for the LA Times on the attraction of Disney theme parks.
The Power of Disney
Jefferson's Bourbon
Jefferson's Bourbon
JWT New York commission Sveta Dorosheva for three alchemic artworks illustrating a Jefferson's Bourbon ad campaign.
Jefferson's Bourbon
Sveta Dorosheva's SCRAPBOOK
Sveta Dorosheva's SCRAPBOOK
Sveta Dorosheva answers our Q&A's on her training, career and inspirations.
Sveta Dorosheva's SCRAPBOOK
How to Handle a Child
How to Handle a Child
Written and illustrated by Sveta Dorosheva, her book on parenting is now published by Atticus Press in Russia.
How to Handle a Child
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