The snow queen by Vladyslav Yerko
Vladyslav Yerko is as one of the most successful Ukrainian interpreters of the world classics, and acclaimed master of graphic arts Ukrainian Section IBBY highly recommends Vladyslav Yerko for Hans Christian Andersen Award. He has been a member of the National Union of Ukrainian Artists since 1989. Books with illustrations of Vladyslav Yerko were published in 20 countries.
Perhaps, there are not so many people in Ukraine and in the world, who don’t know name of Vladyslav Yerko. “The Snow Queen” with his illustrations is published from Great Britain to South Korea and received a lot of appreciative comments and awards.
The pictures below are some of his works of fairy tales by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen.
As you can see from the picture above, his painting style is very realistic and detailed, and contains images that have a lot of meaning on one screen. Crossing between reality and fantasy, even looking at just one picture, you fall into the illusion that you are reading a book. Children who like to let their imagination run wild will have many dreams for a long time looking at his paintings.
His colorful, exquisite, emotional illustrations attract everyone, who just open his books. The artist does not depict the plot of the text, but fills it with emotions, visual details, thousands of shades and lines.
However, although he was an illustrator who drew such fantastic, mythologically beautiful pictures, when he actually made his paintings known to each publisher, he had to be rejected because of the complexity and numerous details of the paintings.
Perhaps, from the standpoint of a publishing company that prints and sells, they prefer animated pictures that are easy to read and consume rather than artistic pictures like his paintings.
But the reader's eyes were different and accurate. Within just a few years, the Snow Queen, the fairy tale of Andersen's fairy tale with which he painted, made it into the UK Christmas gift wish list. And it wasn't long before his illustrations exploded in popularity, making him the most successful illustrator.
However, he doesn't like appeal as a superstar. He is skeptical of his work and does not like to praise himself and at the same time dislike being criticized.
He said, “I deeply enjoy the process. And what happens later doesn't bother me.”
Until he understood that he had created his own style and found his own right path. Codes and symbols intertwined in the course of a long work, depicting the artist's reflection.
If you are interested in his paintings and want to know more details, the site below will help you. It contains detailed descriptions of his statements, achievements, career and publications, as well as his biography.
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The following is a collection of pictures that personally moved me.
Looking at the pictures above, I think it is the most beautiful children's book in the world. I bought it for my daughter because I wanted to keep it personally. When the picture book arrives, I would like to share the contents one by one.
Myungja Anna Koh