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Ella Tjader

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Born in Lithuania, Ella Tjader is married to a Swede and has lived in Sweden, Scotland and England before ending up in Zurich, Switzerland. Her childhood was spent drawing and painting princesses in puffy dresses, and some of her school friends still have the pictures she gave them all those years ago. She loves rain, walking in the woods, and reading moody Scandinavian crime novels, which she somehow finds life affirming. She’s also influenced by vintage Scandinavian illustration. Her perfect evening would include cups of tea and a film. She hates rollercoasters.

Training

Ella studied at the Vilnius School of Economics, but later did a graphic design course via the online college Sessions.edu. That’s how she discovered Adobe Illustrator, and armed with a Wacom tablet she began building up her portfolio while studying the world of illustration, and all the magazines, fashion firms and brands she might be able to work for.

Approach

After reading a brief, Ella lets the idea cook in her head for a few days. Slowly a composition, colours and working style will come to her. She’ll go through her thoughts with the client, take on board the feedback and begin drawing using Illustrator. Sometimes, she’ll work on a sketch first, scan it and trace it using the vector application.

Style

Feminine, elegant, modern, detailed, intricate, loose and light, Ella’s style is usually based around line work, though sometimes she’ll use brushes in Photoshop to drop in some vibrant colours. There are lots of organic and intertwining elements in her work to draw the viewer in. She also creates surface designs - seamless patterns and prints.

Client list

Henkel Victoria’s Secret Target BBH London Blue Dog London Ogilvy Advertising NYLON La Perla
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We worked with Ella for the second time now on an editorial illustration that required a lot of creative input as we ourselves weren't quite sure how to transform our idea into an illustration. Ella was simply perfect for the job, went with our idea, put her creativity into it, truly understood what would fit perfectly with the style of the magazine and then adapted it to our requirements. The creative and very easy way of working together (great communication, always on time with roughs and final art) and the beautiful results were the reasons why we worked with her together again and will definitely ask her again for another project.
Kerstin von Glowacki, Ma Vie magazine (Germany)
It was just perfect to work with Ella on our editorial project, a special edition for watches. I fell in love with her illustrations and was determined to bring together the combination of actual photography and her style of illustration. The briefing phase was easy, but the following adjustments required some intense work. Ella handled the situation quiet, very professional and was open for my ideas. Her creative approach and our needs met in a beautiful artwork and I'm very happy with the outcome. I would love to work with her again, and would definitely recommend her for other projects.
Henrietta Lienke - Art Director , BUNTE (Germany)
Working with Ella was a wonderful experience. Not only was she fully collaborative and contributed wonderful ideas to help elevate the project but the level of preparation and detail she showed was invaluable. I always knew that we were one-step ahead of any changes my client might have and always felt confident that we could deliver under the tight timeline . Her illustrations have the perfect mix of whimsy and sophistication and the quality of her work speaks for itself, but Ella's personality and professionalism is what made the experience a real pleasure.
Nicole Ellerton, kbs+