Hello! My name is Ekaterina (Katya) Tabakh. I was born in Moscow, Russia. I grew up in an artistic family that taught me painting, drawing and art composition, which inspired me to go to art school. After graduating from the Moscow Art Theater School with MA in Theatrical Sets Design, I decided to pursue a different artistic direction by starting a career in drawn animation.

I have been employed as an animator in the US and Russia. Throughout the years, I have worked under many different art directors with very different artistic visions, which taught me to be flexible and adaptable with my style while still maintaining my own creative voice.

Lately, I have become fascinated with the art of book illustration. I specialize in children’s book illustration for all ages, from little kids to young adult readers. My debut books were published in collaboration with a Japanese publisher in 2006.

I moved to the US in the 1990s and live with my family in lovely city of San Francisco.

I am the First-Place Winner of the SCBWI 2017 Tomie dePaola Illustration Award, as well as a SCBWI 2018 Bologna Illustration Gallery finalist.

I am currently seeking agent representation as an author/illustrator. Please, contact me if you are interested. Thank you!