about yufrukt

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.

links

"12 Month" children's book on Amazon

"12 Months" on iBooks store

"Comique" app

Peaches comic

ABC of Reading blog




  1. Kids against war

    Kids don’t take sides. They want war to stop, and this is where we have to learn from them.

    It all started with my e-friend Kind Tsao (who is a very talented art-teacher for pre-schoolers in Taipei) sharing her wish to do a kids’ workshop to make children aware of how horrible war is. The next day I was reading some essays on kids’ feelings about war by secondary school students and a couple of days later I started to feel completely overwhelmed by the amount of horrible news that kept coming from both of my countries (Ukraine, my home country is being attacked and terrorised by Russia for almost a year; the Netherlands where I live has experienced the tragedy of losing 195 people in a plane downed by pro-russian terrorists over eastern Ukraine).

    I realised that in order to keep myself sane I have to concentrate on Peace rather than war in my work and my goal is to destroy war “image”, turn it into a happy image.

    At last I’m working hard on this anti-war workshop together with my friend Kseniya Bukshina and other great partners/friends from Ukraine. We hope to hold it in a couple of weeks in Kiev.

    I see it as of something in between art performance and child’s play: camouflage uniform play the role of a canvas. Using paint, stencils, stickers, scraps, etc children are going to turn military clothes into objects of children’s imagination and fantasies, filling it with colours, patterns and shapes. Just like that they are going to redefine the symbol of aggression into one of innocent ideas.

    At the workshop we are going to be raising money for child-refugees from eastern Ukraine. I hope to keep working on this initiative when back to the Netherlands. 

     


  2. comique-app:

    Sam has a sit down with Stevan Živadinović, maker of parallax fairytale funbucket Hobo Lobo. They discuss the guts, the challenges and the impetus behind Hobo Lobo; the grammar of video games bleeding into comics and vice verse; where Stevan would like webcomics to go; and Sam’s mixed up feelings about speech bubbles, etc. etc. etc.

    Also a big thanks to Tomes who provides the music for the show. You can hear more of it at soundcloud.com/j-tomes.

    Want to know more about Comique? Follow us here, on Twitter, Facebook, or just take a look at comique.co

     





  3. working process…

     


  4. "For those of you involved in Children’s Services… especially if you’ve been involved over a period of say… at least three years… I wanted to start a discussion about how children have changed, more specifically their attention spans. I’m finding it harder and harder to gain their attention for stories. The second you sing, dance, puppet, move around, play the guitar, etc., they’re engaged, but books aren’t grabbing them the way they used to, it seems. Just curious to know if anyone else is having this experience or has made this observation."
    — 

    From a post on ALA Think Tank’s FB page (I tried to find the link—it’s only a few week’s old—but holy shit people post a ton in that group.)

    Ah yes, the old “kids these days” game. Adults have been playing that game since time immemorial. In addition to blaming kids, the comments in the post also blame the parents and, of course, society. Do you know who they don’t blame? It shouldn’t be hard to guess if one understands the extreme ressentiment of librarians. That’s right: themselves! Not a single person had the guts to say: “If children don’t like the books we read, maybe it’s because we’re shitty storytellers.” But, hey, that would require some seriously incisive self-knowledge. Much easier to avoid the hard work of changing ourselves by blaming something that lies outside our area of control.

    By the way, the only other correct response to such an inane post would be this: Because we ignore those “passionate things” (see Sendak quote in sidebar) in favor of cultural things and educational things, it’s no wonder kids are bored out of their gourds with the books we read to them. We would be bored too, if our favorite artforms were designed merely to teach or reflect ourselves back at us. 

    (via abcofreading)

     





  5. Honeymoon was a wonderful time but eventually both me and Sam started missing our creative responsibilities. Finally we’re back to work and I’ve received the updates on the story-layout from Bradin. It’s time to “polish” some of the illustrations! Fingers crossed by the end of the summer we’ll be able to present you our much anticipated collaboration – Mirror me children’s book by Bradin Farnworth illustrated by me <3

     


  6. make your own animal lanterns!

    Kids are not always keen on going to bed so we have to lure them in with bedtimes stories, lullabies and other kind of things. Lighting their own lantern before getting into bed could be one of them! Make a spooky looking cat and a colourful mouse together with your little ones and tell your bedtime stories with the lights off and the lanterns on!

    You will need:

    -  thick paper or card (we used black paper for the scary cat and the light yellow one for the colourful carnival mouse)
    -  colourful tissue paper
    - paper knife
    - cutting board
    - scissors
    - pencil and eraser
    - glue
    - two tea-light candles

    Step 1:
    Draw an outline of the ears of a cat and a mouse on your pieces of paper and cut them out (see the picture below).

    Step 2:
    Now draw their faces (make shapes easy and bold, you will have to cut them out).

    Step 3:
    Using a paper knife and a cutting board cut out eyes, mouths and noses.

    Step 4:
    Now take your tissue paper and glue bits of it behind the cut outs. Use any colours you like!

    Once you’ve stuck the coloured tissue on, flip the cards over. This is how it should look from the “face side”.

    Step 5:
    Glue two sides of the lantern together so that the card forms a cylinder. Make sure that the cylinder isn’t too tight — there needs to be some room between the paper lantern and the flame of the candle!

    Step 6:
    Wait until its dark and light the tea-light candles, placing the lanterns over them carefully to see your lanterns come to life! Enjoy your bedtime stories!

     



  7. secrettrollclubhq:

    More amazing trolls drawn at the Victoria Park Books I wish I had more time to write about each one. They all have different powers and personalities.

     





  8. gwilym:

    My love and I were married this Friday to a thunderous day in the Hortus Botanicus of Amsterdam. Thank you so much to everyone who made it such a wonderful, unforgettable evening: our lovely guests, the staff at the Hortus, the chaps from Small World catering, and to all our friends who we regretfully could not accommodate — you’re simply the best!

    We did it!!! I’m missis Gwilym now!!!

     

  9. comique-app:

    We’ve put up a handful of screenshots, posted some interviews, but how about Comique as an app? Let’s have a look now in this whirlwind video tour of Comique on iOS! In this recording you’ll see:

    • Browsing the catalog
    • Previewing comics
    • Buying comics
    • Your library

    If you’d like one of your comics to be on Comique on launch day, now is a good time to start. You will be enjoying the company of some fantastic artists who already have some great comics in the works. If you’re not yet signed up, you can request an invitation at comique.co.

    And heavens bless the following artists whose art I’ve been using to test our internal debug builds: Michael DeForge, Tyler Landry, Jared Morgan, Frank Santoro, Valentin Seiche, and Jesse Tise.

     
     





  10. three years ago when I was a student and had long hair. By olya.o

     





  11. the orange team

     


  12. comique-app:

    To kick the Comique podcast off, Sam speaks to Tyler Landry, maker of comics such as Clav City, Society, and Seeds. During the podcast they also talk about Half, Vile, and even a little bit about Torture Castle, so check those out too! Also: why are printed comics are so lovely (?), bringing the perspective of a videogame art director to comics, and leaving information out.

    Also a big thanks to Tomes who provides the music for the show. You can listen to more of his music at soundcloud.com/j-tomes

    Want to know more about Comique? Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, or just take a look at comique.co.

     


  13. comique-app:

    Don’t settle for an inoffensive white on dark-grey: artists can now set the colours of Comique to match their comics.

    Black on white, yellow on violet, aqua on puce — whatever goes best with your comic, you got it! You can set the colours of your choice on artists.comique.co right now.

     





  14. Little interview with me on gloss.ua (in russian) 

     





  15. more adventures in progress for Mirror me.