I am an energetic visual storyteller, comic maker and a science communicator who is a passionate advocate of visual literacy. I have collaborated on picture books, middle grade titles, comics and graphic novels, and am also a regular contributor to The School Magazine and other children’s publications.
Being an active member of the children’s literature sector, for over four years I held the role of the Illustrator Coordinator in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – Australia West, as well as being a judge for the Make Your Own Storybook Competition, and a committee member for the Perth Comic Arts Festival. I am also a recipient of several Local Government Art Grants, prizes and the May Gibbs Fellowship.
I have over ten years of experience in children’s illustration, graphic and product design, making and publishing comics, and animation. I have also singlehandedly ran an animation festival, won a grant for a solo art exhibition, and have been featured on an ABC TV documentary.
Currently I work on comics, children’s books and magazines, deliver engaging talks and workshops to schools across WA and abroad, as well as working on my graphic novel ideas. Always looking for a better way to tell a story using images.
In addition to an Arts Degree, I have a Physics Degree (Quantum) and have spent six years travelling across the state delivering science programs and workshops to school students on behalf of Scitech (the Western Australian science centre).
And just so you know – Aśka is pronounced Ashka – the little line above the letter s changes the sound to that of running water. ;)
Aśka has loved to draw since before she can remember and also did art at high school but her formal move into children’s illustration didn’t happen until her late twenties, while working for a product design company. She had previously been living in Copenhagen researching quantum optics after completing her Honours degree in (Quantum) Physics at ANU.
While in Europe she had an epiphany about the lack of visual creativity in her life, so decided to pack it all in for a move back to Australia to pursue her art. Her work in children’s product design back in Australia enabled her to learn the nuts and bolts of layout, to master digital illustration, as well as the secrets of graphic design, colour, and character illustration.
In 2011 she graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Arts, winning a Curtin
Gallery Grant to create works for an exhibition where she was able to combine her
passion for maths, science and art, called 13-
This work led to Animators Hour, an independent animation festival showcasing local and international animation talent on the Northbridge Piazza Superscreen, which she organised and ran across eight weeks through a City of Perth Grant. The project also brought together the opportunity to work with a team of professional animators on a short animation film to be screened at the festival.
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In 2014 she joined Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) as part of her focus to further developed her children’s picture book illustration. After volunteering with the Multicultural Services Centre of WA, mentoring migrant children she began work at Scitech, the State science centre in Western Australia as part of their outreach across the whole State delivering science programs and workshops to school students and the general public.
March 2017 saw the launch of Aśka’s first big book illustration project The Cosmic
Adventures of Alice and Bob, written by Cristy Burne. This children’s graphic novel
was sponsored by CAASTRO -
A further two of her illustrative projects have been published in 2017, Looking Up by Sally Murphy (Fremantle Press) and Pepsi the Problem Puppy by Sandi Parsons (Faraway Nearby Ink), both fiction for young readers. In 2017 she won a Department of Culture and the Arts grant towards the development of illustrations and layout of a children’s story about dyslexia, contracted to be published in 2018. This has allowed her to use her skill in running children’s educational workshops to involve dyslexic students, inviting them to give her feedback in the creation of content for the illustrations of this book.
She is also busy throughout the year running other illustration, visual literacy and science workshops in Perth schools and libraries.
Aśka has a number of author/illustrator projects in the pipeline, so watch this space for their arrival.
“I love to combine my diverse skills, experiences and interests to facilitate new creative projects. The challenge of telling a story, generating smiles and laughter, inspiring others with science and art and seeing them create is the ultimate reward.”
You can check out more of her ongoing projects on this website: