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maria vladimirova


London, United Kingdom
I see illustration as a great means of communication.
The relation between the idea and the visual is not always straight-forward, quick visualization of the text is equally beautiful as an obscure and sophisticated translation of the word into the picture. I believe in strong capacity of an image to tell a story, shock and provoke.
I come from a non-art background - BA in economics taught me to create best solutions within restrictions on time and outcomes, which provided me with the skill of trouble-shooting under the pressure. I learn new tricks fast.
In my personal work I enjoy life-drawing, as well as drawing from dreams or memories. In commercial projects the time frame doesn’t always allow to look for the perfect model so I easily use photographic references and objects around me. I prefer to work quickly - I’m a speedy drawer, this gives the vibrant energy to the line. I’m driven to aesthetically beautiful, seductive imagery, rich and intriguing in details. The intensity comes from the way I see things - I try to imprint all the elements that shape the mood of the object, looking at it as if it was seen for the first time. This approach allows me to share the pioneer view on the world around us.

Work Experience

Lazy Gramophone


annual publications of LG Press
July 2010 - London, United Kingdom

Nutshell Magazine


March 2012 - March 2012 London, United Kingdom



various projects, including calendar covers, posters and logo design.
May 2010 - Moscow, Russia

Prosports Magazine


illustration for an article about tennis players
November 2011 - November 2011 Moscow, Russia

Diesel LTD

set designer/decorator

i was working at a range of projects with Diesel.
first, i created a decoration for the company's Christmas party;
then in spring it was followed up by a group project: over a period of time we planned, created and installed shop windows decoration for Covent garden and Carnaby street stores.
later in june i decorated one of the Diesel parties in islington.
December 2010 - June 2011 London, United Kingdom

Sekta Project


i design t-shirts prints for this dirty-minded, aggressive and wicked fashion brand.
2010 - Kiev, Ukraine



helping the magic to happen at lovely ClearCreations greeting card company. my role is to illustrate some of the cutest things out there, including kittens, bunnies and tiny birds.
August 2013 - Present London, United Kingdom



I illustrate educational courses designed to coach a variety of clients including state officials. courses that we're creating are innovative for Russian distant learning practice and i much enjoy being a part of this team.
December 2013 - Present Moscow, Russian Federation


Camberwell College Os Arts

MA Visual Arts/Illustration

November 2010 - Present London, United Kingdom

Camberwell College Of Arts (UAL)

FdA Illustration for Sequence and Interaction

October 2008 - July 2010 London, United Kingdom

Moscow State University

BA Economics

September 2004 - June 2008 Moscow, Russia


Russian (Native),
English (Fluent),



"Peace, Love, Music" Competition Winner



Adobe Photoshop, Drawing, Editorial Illustration, Ink, Life Drawing, Printmaking, Sketch, Watercolor, Fashion Illustration, Textile Design,