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. comique-app:

    After yesterday’s launch of Comique for iOS, I’ve been sending out invitations to that other Comique app, artists.comique.co. It’s a web-app where artists can upload, set up and submit their comics to the catalog, and just as much love and care has been put into it as the iOS app. (there’s a live contrast ratio measurer! Come on!!!)

    Next on my todo list: live sales charts.


  2. Party envelopes DIY

    Birthdays, home parties, letters for friends – we need envelopes for all of of that! And even though you can probably find some nice envelope designs in the shops, they mostly come in white. This is the perfect chance to practice your creativity and design your own envelopes, I’m sure it will be lots of fun and make your friends feel extra special when receiving such an envelope. Don’t worry about your painting skills, this activity is about creative thinking and is suitable for very little ones too!

    For this activity you will need:

    - a couple of envelopes (as many as you want)
    - watercolours or gouache
    - a painting brush
    - a black marker

    Step 1:

    Pour a glass of water and set everything ready for painting. Start painting abstract or geometrical shapes on the envelopes without thinking what it is going to be upfront.

    Step 2:

    Once the paint has dried, paint over the other side. Let all the envelopes dry completely.

    Step 3:

    When dry, take a good look at all your shapes: what do they look like to you? Use your creativity and add little details here and there with the marker to transform shapes into characters and objects.

    Step 4:

    Envelopes are ready to put your letters or party invitations in and to be sent off to your friends! Hope your characters will make your friends smile, and the postman too!


  3. I’m very proud of my most talented husband for conceiving, developing and releasing Comique Happy Birthday, tiny comics app !!!!

    Get it on the Apple store and preview, buy and read comics including my “Coco gets jealous”. ;)


  4. gwilym:


    I’m very proud to present Comique 1.0.

    Inside you’ll find three fantastic comics by Tyler Landry, Jesse Tise, and Yuliya Sobotyuk, with more to come soon. We’re just getting started, and I can’t wait to show you what we’ve got planned.

    Thank you so much to everyone who has helped me get this far — I can’t even begin to explain how grateful I am. Here’s to the awesome comics community!

    Get Comique!

    You all rule!!! Now download my app!

    Comique is on the Apple store!!!!! Can’t be more proud of my most talented man <3


  5. comique-app:

    The enormous landscape reading view of Comique on iPhone 6 Plus has it’s charms, I admit.


  6. comique-app:

    A silent ramble through a land that used to be, by Tyler Landry.

    Inland Island doesn’t just bolster the quality of Comique’s catalog, but shows that it has range, too. It’s a beautiful thing. Check out the preview!

    Thanks Tyler!

    One more comic is in the store! 


  7. gaussmultimedia:

    Máster Diseño Gráfico 2012-13. Proyecto personal de Sara Maese incluido en la Entrega Final de Máster: serie de carteles Studio Ghibli-Hayao Miyazaki (1984-2008). Incluye:

    1. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984).
    2. Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986).
    3. My Neighbor Totoro (1988).
    4. Kiki´s Delivery Service (1989).
    5. Porco Rosso (1992). 
    6. Princess Mononoke (1997).
    7. Spirited Away (2001).
    8. Howl´s Moving Castle (2004).
    9. Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (2008).

    (via spx)


  8. My cardboard creatures were featured on Hello Wonderful, a place where you can find lots of inspiration for creativity and fun with your little ones. Thank you, Agnes!


  9. gwilym:

    Last week two books arrived that I’ve wanted to get my hands on for a while: Wrecked Ship by Valentin Seiche, and MGCL_GRL by Mathilde Kitteh. Here’s my short review of both.

    First observation: they came with lovely stickers that are completely impossible to peel the backs off of.

    One is the sombre tale of a ‘Finder’ who salvages items from long-deserted spacecraft, while the other is a lifestyle and fashion magazine targeted at magical girls (slice-of-life superheroines e.g. Sailor Moon).

    PEOW! Studio, the publishing collective responsible for printing both have done a great job: the immediate impression is one of fine quality, with both of the books printed with a risograph to good paper stock. Passing them around to friends at a get-together resulted in much stroking of paper and holding pages up to faces to see the riso printing details up close (and with the exception of a paragraph of text being rendered unreadable, the slight misalignments and misregistrations do add a human touch I was skeptical about at first).

    Let’s start with MGCL_GRL: I think it’s hysterical. Even with my limited exposure to magical girl lore (I once saw an episode of Cardcaptor Sakura), there’s enough charm and humour present to make me happily complete the “WHICH TYPE OF MAGICAL GIRL ARE YOU?” quiz.*

    With a lot of zines, you get the sense that someone was looking for an excuse to do some cool layouts and illustrations and make an object, but the wryly humorous activities and flavour text save MGCL_GRL from being what could have been a merely very stylish looking zine of magical girls and their supernatural accessories. It’s an intensely graphic book swimming in characters, patterns and vogue-esque spreads, but Mathilde Kitteh’s sensibility and writing (“Prediction: You will shine at your powerpoint presentation this morning, but then you’ll find dirt on the floor”) lends the book a deeply funny voice that kept me interested in (and laughing with) this world I admittedly know nothing about. So I’m looking forward to more of these.

    On the complete other end of the spectrum is Wrecked Ship. It’s a beautiful book staged in (mostly) deep-space shades of blue, with a reflective story told in a refreshingly compact manner.

    The prose is first person, informal, sometimes funny and always sincere. The protagonist is sometimes gruff, sometimes existential — an archetypal jaded professional — but it never feels like you’re reading through derivative faff. This is especially true of the final portion of the story which could have easily sunk into well-trodden ground but remains totally genuine throughout.

    Wrecked Ship packs a lot of story and ambience into very little space, and this has much to do with the text and illustrations’ layout being divorced, with pages following the storybook division of pictures-up-here and text-down-there. It gives the book a lot of room to breathe, and some of the spreads do great work with the afforded space.

    One last thing on my mind: like MGCL_GRL, there’s obviously a lot of Japanese inspiration going on — but there’s an unmistakable Europeanness in it that both Mathilde and Valentin have both just owned. In both cases it’s a style that lends visual clarity and a certain cool punchiness — it feels like a great integration of visual cultures.

    You can buy both from the PEOW! Studio shop.

    • For future reference, I am a ‘Cupcake’ type magical girl.

    Sam’s review of “MGCL_GRL” and “Wrecked Ship” comics.


  10. New kids craft is in the making <3 Will be sharing a step by step soon!


  11. Fun mail from peowstudio came just right on time for Sam’s Birthday! It’s  comics by Valentin Seiche and Mathilde Kitteh !


  12. Sending some illustrations of “Mirror me” for the book illustration contest. Fingers crossed!


  13. donyatodd:

    Peek of a thing I’m doing for Comique #comic

    can’t wait to see more

    (via comique-app)


  14. Crafty three-year-old party was a lot of fun, even though these butterflies/cats look a bit too serious :)


  15. liam-barrett:

    Broken heart, drawn in the Egyptian style.

    This is for my exhibition on the 20th, If you live near Antwerp please come. Details HERE.