Sirly Oder (1983) is an illustrator, content creator for social media and visual merchandiser for a book store. She graduated in scenography from the Estonian Academy of Arts and has been an artist for a wealth of Estonian theatre productions, TV commercials and short films. She currently works for the Rahva Raamat book store and manages their visual solutions as well as illustrating children’s books as a freelancer. She has illustrated several children’s books and has been awarded in the 25 Best-Designed Estonian Books competition. Her style features the personalisation of modern design combined with cuteness, darkness and humour.
I quite often feel amazed by illustrations in picture books, I admire different artists and their unique styles. There’s a pure joy inside me when I look at the illustrations I love. While illustrating a book I aim for the kids to feel the same way. Every book I illustrate is a compromise between what I like now as an adult and what I would have liked when I was about seven years old. I was a book loving kid and it would make me very happy if I’d manage to make some kids fall in love with books and reading with my illustrations.
Profile photo: Piia Ruber
5 Best Designed Estonian Children’s Books, Certificate of Merit (Helen Käit. Secret of the Golden Scarab)
Nukits competition, 2nd place (Anu Aun. Eia's Countryside Adventure)
25 Best Designed Estonian Books, Certificate of Merit (Revenge of the Green Mucus-Monster. New Horrible Tales of Estonian Children)
Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), Estonia
Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia
Spring exhibition of Estonian illustrators, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre