From the wonders of Christmas to the thrill of exploring a wild jungle, Tatsiana Burgaud is a children’s illustrator who conjures up settings that will free your imagination and take it away to exciting new worlds. Once there, you’ll meet cheerful little characters – all colourfully and uniquely drawn, with a story to tell.
Based in Bordeaux, France, Tatsiana is originally from Belarus but has also lived in Germany, Turkmenistan and Ireland. Each country has its own storytelling and visual traditions, and all of them inform Tatsiana’s artwork, with the biggest influence coming from her own Slavic origins.
She loves the freedom expressed by the Impressionists, including Cezanne, Renoir and Van Gogh, as well as the nonchalant style of contemporary illustrators like Beatrice Alemagna and Victoria Semykina.
Tatsiana is fast, adaptable and easy to work with. She’s fluent in English, French and Russian, with a good grasp of German.
Tatsiana works digitally, and sketches usually begin in Procreate on her iPad where she develops the idea intuitively, adding detail and a warm palette to progress the image while keeping it grounded using natural textures and brush strokes. She also creates with Adobe Illustrator and Fresco.
Working in her own natural style, Tatiana gives her characters a distinctive look and fills her narratives with imagination, fun, humour and a touch of innocence.