Hi! I'm Olesya Shchukina (she/her). I'm an animation filmmaker and illustrator. I draw for children's magazines and picture books, apps and lifestyle media. Children's illustration is my strong point, as my style is bright, vivid and full of humor. I make stories adventurous and fun through my drawings, setting the right tone for each context.
I love doing projects that unite illustration and animation: animated stickers for messengers, gif illustrations, interactive projects and edutainment videos that explain serious things in a simple and fun way.
For all illustration inquiries: discover@herstory-illustration.com
For other questions, animation and non-commercial projects: appleandcloud@gmail.com
I've drawn illustrations for French and Canadian children's magazines, educational apps for kids, big tech companies like Google and Facebook, lifestyle media, bookshops and even a French chocolate manufacturer! 
Selected clients: Look At Media, Enuma, Facebook, Google, Milan Presse, Labirint.ru, Chocolat des Français, Maison Georges, Grilled Cheese.

Other projects
I've illustrated two picture books. Baka-bakyldyk was published by Yulbasma, a Tatar publishing house. Le Poil de Baribal came out in Planete Rebelle, a Canadian publishing house based in Montreal.
I've also worked with Russian and French animation studios. The Elephant and The Bicycle (2014, produced by Folimage) and The Sled (2016, produced by Soyuzmultfilm) were given awards at numerous international animation festivals and were released on DVD. I've worked as a concept artist for the French TV series project Tempo and as an illustrator and a set painter for the film Ma Vie de Courgette (directed by Claude Barras).
More about me
I grew up in Russia and moved to France at 24. I've also spent time in New York and Tokyo. Now you can find me walking around the streets of Paris with my little dogs Mango and Roti, or thumbing through picture books in independent bookstores.
I like printmaking, learning languages and reading books.
I teach illustration at LISAA Paris.

My desk can be very messy

Selected awards
2022 Silver Dove Audience Award at DOK Leipzig, Germany
2017 KLIK Young Audience Award (Kids 3-5) at KLIK Festival, The Netherlands
2017 Best film for kids at Suzdal National Animation Film Festival, Russia
2017 Special Jury Prize for Best Storytelling for Ages 5+ at Children’s Film Festival Seattle
2015 Golden Slipper Award at Film Festival for Children and Youth of Zlin (The Czech Republic)
2015 Colour Box Award at Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham, UK
2015 Best First Professional Film at Suzdal National Animation Film Festival, Russia
2015 Best Children’s Short Film at Anima festival, Belgium
2014 Best Film for Children at Bradford Animation Festival, UK
2014 Audience Award at 33rd Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden
2014 Grand prix for the best foreign short film at CICDAF 2014, China
2014 Best international short film, DAFF, Ireland
2014 Children’s Audience Award at Fantoche Festival, Switzerland
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