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Sveta Dorosheva

Sveta Dorosheva - Decorative & Children's book illustrator. Israel

With a classic fairytale style, and a willingness to explore everything from medieval legend through to wild psychedelia, Sveta Dorosheva is the artist to turn to for beautiful, meticulous and ornamental illustration with a hint of magic about it.
Born in Ukraine and now based in Israel, her work is imbued with the hand of the artist and everything is done by hand using traditional materials. You can feel the concentration and imagination that’s gone into every stroke in her fantastical illustrations. Harry Clarke, Kay Nielsen, Edmund Dulac and Arthur Rackham are some of her influences, alongside ancient costumes, medieval emblems, heraldic symbols and renaissance engravings.


Sveta writes her ideas down first, focusing on the concept. Then she chooses the best approach, creates her sketches and works out the tonal scheme. Line work is committed in ink, though sometimes she will go straight to her watercolour finish.


Sveta’s main style has been likened to Golden Age fairy tales – classic and vintage. When she brings modern themes and ideas into the work juxtaposition is created that makes it fresh, relevant and unique. Her second style involves light line art, drawn quickly and with more expression and less detail. A silhouette, a dance, a fantasy scene. Usually these images are done using ink, a spot colour, or in pencil.

Client list

Sveta’s clients include Usborne Publishing, JWT New York, Big Indie Pictures, LA Times, Capitol Records, Penguin, Harper Collins and Usborne Publishing.
Thank you to Sveta for two marvelous maps. Her unbelievable skill and professionalism made this experience really seamless and enjoyable for the Nightbirds team!
Suki Boynton, Penguin Random House
Sveta did a BEAUTIFUL job!!!!! The artwork she created is so stunning. I can't stop looking at everything. She created a whole other story within the story.... I love it!
Monica Simon, Wine Enthusiast
Sveta was a such a fantastic artist to work with. I had a very important project with a short timeline and she blew my team away with her work. She was prompt, communicative and created a map for us that was more beautiful than we could have imagined. I would absolutely work with her again.
Ellen Duda, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group
“C. S. Pacat let us know that this is the most stunning map that she’s ever seen, and it all looks perfect to her—she’s truly blown away!”
Laura Mock, Harper Collins Children’s Books
As a lifetime lover of fantasy stories, I've always been a huge fan of story maps. And I've never seen an illustrator as talented as Sveta. The map she created for my book exceeded all of my expectations--it is gorgeous. Not only the landscapes, but the border--all of it--is stunning. She is incredibly talented and asks a lot of great questions up front to know exactly what the layout and tone of the map should be. She was so kind, thoughtful, and easy to communicate with. It is obvious she puts a lot of care into her work. She worked patiently with my publisher's design team to make adjustments and modifications as needed. The end product is nothing short of magical, and I recommend Sveta to absolutely any author who's looking for their book map to stand out. She's brought my story world to life in the most beautiful way, and I am forever grateful.
Megan Reyes, Author
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