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Kadri Ilves

Biography

Kadri Ilves (1977) is an illustrator. She graduated from the University of Tartu with a degree in painting in 2002 and has worked as a freelance artist since then. Ilves has illustrated more than 40 books and textbooks, including over 20 for the Swedish publisher Bonnier Carlsen. She regularly contributes to the Estonian children’s magazines Täheke and Mesimumm, and has been awarded for her works in the 5 Best-Designed Estonian Children’s Books competition.

Member of the Estonian Graphic Designers Association and the Estonian Section of IBBY.

I liked doodling pictures in books when I was little. My mother did not allow me to do so which was a terrible shame because in my opinion they were in desperate need of some additional illustrations. As I got older, the desire to draw for books did not diminish but only grew stronger. This left me with no other options than offer my drawings to publishing houses. And lo and behold, some new books with my pictures were born! 

Profile photo: Piia Ruber

 

Jaanus Vaiksoo, Sirje Toomla. ABC book, Koolibri, 2005, dry pastelJaanus Vaiksoo. Uncle Heino Got Lost, Koolibri, 2007, dry pastelTiia Toomet. Where Is Home?, TEA, 2007, oil pastelTiia Toomet. Where Is Home?, TEA, 2007, oil pastelTõnu Seero. Storybook For a Good Child, Tiritamm, 2007, dry pastelTõnu Seero. Storybook For a Good Child, Tiritamm, 2007, dry pastelFirst first September. Folk song: Meie kiisul kriimud silmad 2008, oil pastelF. R. Kreutzwald. Lopi and Lapi. Fairytale: Handstone Of an Orphan, 2008, mixed mediaMare Müürsepp. Five free puppies, Tänapäev, 2009, dry pastelHelena Bross. Poliser kommer, Bonnier Carlsen, 2009, watercolourHelena Bross. „Vad ska fröken säga”, Bonnier Carlsen, 2009, watercolourNew Estonian Fairytales, Siiri Sisask. A Story of A Boy And A Skinny Dog, Pilgrim, 2009, watercolourBirthday Stories. Heljo Mänd. Laine's Birthday, 2013, kriidipastellKadri Lepp. The Secret Code, Tänapäev, 2020, lead pencil, dry pastelInga Talvis. Semu kolib sisse, Postimees kirjastus, 2018, watercolour, pencil,

Lopi and Lapi

Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald

Illustrator: Kadri Ilves etc...
Tänapäev
2008, 172 pp
ISBN: 9789985627198
fiction, storybook
2023
5 Best Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Certificate of Merit (Tarmo Vaarmets. Trouble with Tantrum)


2016
Good Children’s Book (Püttsepp, Juhani. Black Birds)

2009
5 Best-Designed Estonian Children’s Books, special prize of the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre (The Golden Book of Estonian Fairy Tales)
Autumn: Good Children’s Book (Mare Müürsepp. „Viis vaba kutsikat”)

2008
5 Best-Designed Estonian Children’s Books, special prize of the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre(F. R. Kreutzwald. Lopi and Lapi)

2007
5 Best-Designed Estonian Children’s Books, special diploma for The Most Child Friendly book (J. Vaiksoo. Uncle Heino Got Lost)

2005
The Best European Learning Materials Awards(EEPG), 3rd place (Aabits)
2023
VII Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT 2023), Estonian Museum of Architecture
Exhibition of Estonian illustrators "Fresh Book Pictures", Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, Tapa Library, Kärdla Library

2022
International exhibition of illustration "Fox Spirit. Fox Charm", Estonian Children's Literature Centre, Estonian National Museum, Latvian National Library

2021
Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia
Exhibition of Baltic illustrators "Running with Wolves. Werewolf", Napoli, Rome, Frigento, Italy
Exhibition of Estonian illustrators "Fox Spirit. Fox Charm", Estonian Children's Literature Centre, Central Library of Lääne County, Haapsalu, Estonia

2017
Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), Estonia