My name is Yuliya Gwilym (Sobotyuk), I am an illustrator, designer and children's book author of Slavic blood based in the Netherlands. I also hold creative workshops for little ones called Rokkakukids.

This blog is about my daily work, inspiration and art activities with children. For commissions and collaborations please contact me via email.

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  1. I am looking for collaboration with people who are involved with charity organisations: War child, Unicef, Sos Children, etc. Small organisations will be a great partner too!  If you are one of them and reading this post right now, please get in touch yufrukt@gmail.com

    It’s about Kids against war art project with the goal of promoting an anti-war standpoint through children’s art and raising money and support for children who were touched by war. Find out more about this project here.

    Thank you for your help! 


  2. Mushroom theatre craft!

    Young children learn by imagining and doing. When a child engages in pretend or dramatic play, he is experimenting with the social and emotional roles of life. That’s why all kinds of puppets and theatre crafts are so popular. Today I decided to make a simple cardboard puppet theatre with a mushroom family for the troupe of actors. 

    For this activity you will need:

    - a piece of paper (for sketching)
    - a cardboard box
    - a pair of scissors
    - a pencil
    - a needle and thread for sewing
    - a couple of bright colours of gouache paint
    - a paintbrush
    - a square of cotton fabric (or other thin fabric)
    - 5 skewers

    Step 1:

    Take a pencil and paper and sketch designs for your mushrooms. I made a family of four.

    Step 2:

    When you have decided on your designs, draw them on the cardboard (try to use your box economically) and cut them out.

    Step 3:

    Now cut out a frame that will become our “stage”.

    Step 4:

    Dress up your puppets with colours. Paint in layers: first, colour the body; and when the paint is dry enough, paint the details.
    Decorate your stage too.

    Step 5:

    Take your piece of fabric and cut it to the size of a frame — it’s going to be your stage curtain! Stitch through the top of the curtain so you can “open” and “close” it, but don’t cut off the thread (you will need it to attach your curtain to the frame). Make a little cut on each side of the frame and attach the curtain by hooking the thread edges in the cuts.

    Step 6:

    Carefully stick the skewers in between the layers of cardboard on your puppets. If you are using a cardboard that is too thin, attach the skewers with the tape on the back side of the puppets and the frame.

    Step 7:

    You are all set for the performance! Have fun playing with your little ones!


  3. clavcity:

    Inland Island - Tyler Landry

    This will be finished soon, and will debut on Sam's awesome new comics app, Comique!

    more beautiful work is coming our way <3 #comique_app


  4. #Russiainvadedukraine

    I don’t know what to do.


  5. comique-app:

    Here’s the final piece of the web catalog puzzle: you can share your favourite comics straight from Comique! Your friends will get a link to the comic’s page on comique.co, and Twitter and Facebook posts will come out all fancy with thumbnails and stuff.

    Pretty sure that iOS 8 is going to add even more options to this list, so more services (like Tumblr) will be available in the near future.

    some updates from Comique


  6. I’m selling digital prints of read to your children illustrations. A4 size, 150 gram paper, will look good as nursery posters :)


  7. Some more pictures from #kidsagainstwar workshop in Kiev. 


  8. Young children learn by imagining and doing that’s why pretend play is very important. I’m making puppets for the next craft activity for Bloesem kids which I’m going to share very soon!


  9. Now artists can share links of their comics made for comique on social media!


  10. ssoja:

    A page from my upcoming children book “Le Petit loup Rouge” (The little red wolf) ~( *V*)~

    Very inspiring illustration by Amélie Fléchais.


  11. I am thrilled to share the cover of the children’s book I have been working on together with the author Bradin Farnworth. It’s a pleasure to illustrate a story of such a talented storyteller. His works are equally enjoyable by both kids and adults. 


  12. "Kids against war" workshop in Kiev, Ukraine.


    On the 14th of August the first anti-war workshop for children took place in Kiev, Ukraine. It was such a hot day and the air conditioner at the gallery was broken. I felt a little jealous of all the little ones running around in their underpants.

    When I first thought of the idea for Kids against war, I couldn’t imagine the amount of support I was going to receive! There was help from all kinds of people. Starting from Kseniya Bukshina who took care of the event organisation in Kiev and who was my partner from the start to the end, the team of Karas Art Gallery who volunteered to host the event (and trusted us with their perfect white walls even when we told them about 25 young children armed with paintbrushes and gouache), my friends and family who helped out on the day of the event, and finally all those people who I never met but who came to participate along with their children, open hearts and a lot of humanitarian aid. 


    I am so grateful to all of them and I want to believe that we will keep spreading the anti-war standpoint further together with children from all over the world.

    The website for Kids Against war initiative is in the making, but for now you can read more about it and see more photos here.



  13. comique-app:

    Here’s what a comic looks like in the web catalog. The comic page is actually a slider that takes you pagelet by pagelet through the comic’s preview.

    On the iPhone, this webpage looks quite different — and it also has an ‘Open in Comique’ button so you can start reading the comic right away.

    And hey! The Golden Harp looks good, dunnit?


  14. comique-app:

    I’m working on a web catalog for Comique. Up next: dedicated comic pages (with previews!) that you can link your friends/readers to.


  15. comique-app:


    No Electric Candyland this week, but I am finishing up The Golden Harp, a short story comic (also starring Liz) for Sam Gwilym’s Comique app. Heres a panel from it. Coming soon-ish.

    Gorgeous. I’m absolutely thrilled with how Jesse’s gone about making this comic: this is going to be a great first look at what comics made for mobile can be.