My name is Vanessa and I’m a freelance illustrator from Ottawa, Canada. Nice to meet you!
I’ve only been working professionally for a few years, but it has already been quite a journey getting here! I first studied visual arts for a couple of years, then switched to film animation. After graduating in 2015, I ended up in mobile games and worked for 3 years at Budge studios, a renowned children’s apps publisher. I had the opportunity to work with some big children’s brands such as My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake and Transformers Rescue Bots, and that is where I developed my love for children’s content. Then in the summer of 2018 I left my permanent position, moved to Ottawa and started working as a full-time freelance illustrator. It was a little bit of a challenge at first, but I love it! The work is so varied and my clients include mobile companies, magazines, educational markets and even a scrapbooking shop!
My next goal? I’m trying to get more of the kind of jobs I really want to get: children illustration for picture books, board books, puzzles and activities, stickers, etc. Children’s content is my happy place! I love what Auzou is doing and would LOVE to work with them. I also would like to illustrate a story for Storytime magazine one day. Right now, I’m hustling really hard to try and make those things happen, and I’m also looking for an illustration agent.
What else? I adore animated movies, and my favorites are Tomm Moore’s movies The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea. My favorite food is chicken quesadillas, yummm! I love video games but I really suck at them, to an embarrassing degree. I’m also engaged to a charming Bulgarian gentleman!