Illustrator and Graphic Designer

Paris, France
Thanks to my credo: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life" and my 17-years experience both in web and print and also in advertising and freelance art illustration, I feel comfortable navigating between the art and business world.
I am also open to collaborate and willing to interact with other artists from the globe. Please feel free to contact me:

Work Experience


Founder and Owner

I'm an Illustrator since 1994 with strong background in Typography and Graphic Design, and Opera78 is my design project, established in Paris in 2005.
November 2005 - December 2015 France


Founder and Owner

Soumkine – is the stationery and life style brand founded by Paris-based graphic and type designer Fiodor Sumkin. Soumkine’s main specialty is high quality hand crafted notebooks.

F.S.: I made a conscious effort to concentrate on notebooks and I convinced my team that it's the right thing to do. Despite a great deal of competition and a seemingly limitless of variety of notebooks, I am certain that ours will grab your attention.
February 2016 - Paris, France


English (Fluent),
Italian (Fluent),
Russian (Native),
French (Fluent),


Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Caffé Al Vetro, Need For Speed, SimCity 4,

Recent Work

Illustration and design of the Nidecker snowboard (Switzerland)

Image content "Playfull Type by Fiodor Sumkin" for the new fashion collection UNIQLO (Japan)

Pattern-illustration for the Nike, Air Jordan Brand shoes, bags and T-shirts (USA)

Creative proposals for an illustration series for PUR Water, Procter & Gamble advertising campaign

New York Times magazine, Alexander Solzhenitsin cover page illustration.

Esquire Magazine (U.S. and Russian Edition, Illustration series)

Collective Exhibition at the San Paulo Contemporary Museum, Brasil See most of my work here —

Book and Catalogue Publications

Beyond publications in newspapers and magazines, tens of interviews in print or online magazines or portals, my art illustration has been published in a considerable number of contemporary graphic design and art illustration books.

Some of the recent art books that published my work are:

Taschen: The Field Guide for Graphic Designers (late 2011)
Rockport Publishers: Idea-ology (2010)
Thames & Hudsun: New Ornamental Type (2010)
Harper Collins Design: Source Illustration Book (2010)
Die Gestalten Verlag: Illusive 2 (2008),
The Playful Type (2009),
The Playful Type 2 (2011)