Zak Zaikine, Artist/Illustrator of Children's Books

(Sebastopol, CA, US)

Zak in the studio

Zak in the studio


My artwork can be found in museums and private-public collections throughout the world. I have received major artist grants and fellowships. My lifelong dream of being an artist continues to be a reality, since at age 4 I knew that is what I wanted to be...

With the support of family, friends, teachers and the extended community - and of course you, the public at large that purchases my creations - I am so very lucky to be doing what I love this lifetime. I plan to continue for a long time.

My first completed hard cover edition was "The Magic of Hanalei Bay." I followed this with "A Mother's Love" and "Eugene and the Magical Carrot Tree."

Currently I am working on another "Eugene" book, entitled "Eugene and His Magical Dream." I am also developing "Dancing by the Light of The Moon," a story about a storm that brought so much rain to Sonoma County, California, that the local fish took a vacation; they journeyed to the Sea of Tranquility on the moon.

All drawings and most of the stories are completed for these new books, and they could be in print within the next year.

Because I self publish, I am able to continue creating my books on the finest recycled paper stock available, using soy-based inks. Since publishing my first books in the early 1970's, I have made it my practice to use green and recycled materials.

My images come from my relationship with the landscape, people and animals that I have known. This personal connection to my subject matter allows the images to come alive on paper and canvas.

I would consider collaborating with other writers and authors to create the same intense, colorful imagery for their projects. You may contact me for a conversation if you have a serious interest. Please include your phone number in a short email and we will go from there.

My second children's book, "A Mother's Love," is now available for purchase. It was written and illustrated in my studio in the northern California town of Sebastopol, where I've lived for over 14 years.

It is here where I will continue to work and produce my art and many more books for the child in all of us.

This book features pencil, pen and watercolor paintings to accompany the sweet story of a cat family reuniting. The pictures from the book are similar, in style, to William Steig's, one of my heroes.

Thank you very much for your patronage and your continued interest in my creative endeavors.

Zak Zaikine

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Apr 04, 2017
Author visit
by: Lisa

I am looking to have a couple authors come to visit my elementary school in Sacramento. How much do you charge and are you available within the next two months?

Jul 31, 2014
Zak can bring the child out in all of us!!!
by: Ellen Morrison

I've know Zak for many years and his wonderful whimsical art comes from his most inner being. His fanciful animals and landscapes are from a world we all wish we could live in. Peace, joy, contentment, where the lion literally lies down with the lamb.

His imagination comes from a child's heart and as adults we to can get into his worlds.


Hey, a rabbit [Eugene] that LOVES Vincent van Gogh [one of my favorite artists]has got to be my hero.

And Zak Zaikine is a hero to all of us because he knows how to get into the child inside us!


Jul 25, 2014
Bursting With Creativity
by: Susan

Zak Zaikine is bursting with creativity in all his art. His work is wonderfully magical and mysterious. How fortunate I am that this great artist, with a sincere heart, came into my life, imbuing me with the conviction that life is essentially good and to be completely enjoyed. Zak transforms others, uplifting them with his great spirit of wisdom and kindness.

Susan Zamani
July 25, 2014

Jul 24, 2014
A magical artist
by: Tom Palmer

Zak has a way of seeing, and ability to communicate the vision, that is unique. I am happy to have his work on the back cover of my latest book, American Art Collector 2015.
Tom Palmer, Editor, Alcove Books

Jun 28, 2014
by: Karin

I love the magical, colorful illustrations by Zak Zaikine. The paintings alone tell a story. His illustrations are a special treat for the eyes, giving the mind much to contemplate.
Thank you, Zak!

Mar 22, 2008
I like it
by: Anonymous

I really like this illustrator's work.

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Imagination Station

by Aaron Alcala

Joy Ride!!!

Joy Ride!!!

Joy Ride!!!
The Nightlife
Out to lunch
Through the keyhole

Hello my name is Aaron Alcala and I have obtained my BS degree in Media Arts and Animation from The Art Institute of California-Sacramento. I worked on the animated shorts, "April and The Phantom" and "The Art of War" as a concept artist, storyboard artist, environmental and character design artist.

• In 2011 I was nominated for the AISAC Next Talent Awards for my concept work named "Joy Ride".
• In 2012 I won the AISAC Next Talent Awards for my work on the animated short "The Art of War."

My fee depends on the complexity of the project. I am willing to provide any sample sketches as an "audition" for any illustration job.

My main choice of medium is digital. I work very well in Photoshop and Sketchbook pro but also I'm no stranger to the traditional mediums such as pencil, ink and color pencils.

Any questions? please email me.

I'm looking forward to being a part of your projects.

Thank You,

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Fun and Spunky Illustrator!

by Sarah Harkey
(Los Angeles, CA)

Some background designs

Some background designs

Spunky, fun illlustration

Hi there!

I am a 2D animation major looking to explore children's book illustration!

I have done extensive illustration freelance work and have art direction experience.

My art is colorful, fun, and can really POP! I have a very wide-ranging but cartoon-oriented style. I also really enjoy working in "retro" shapes and colors.

Contact me if you like what you see.



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Nov 09, 2011
Great Work!
by: Mike

Sarah was a delight to work with! She did several illustrations for our website, all of which were very fun and exciting! I would definitely work with her again and again. If you're looking for an illustrator who can provide you with lots of different styles and options and who is talented at her craft, contact Sarah! She was also very reasonably priced

Nov 09, 2011
I LOVED working with Sarah
by: Donalisa

Sarah is a talented artist and illustrator. She was professional, listened to what I wanted, gave her thoughts and opinions. Her illustrations took my children's picture book to the next level.

author, "The Day No One Played Together: A Story About Compromise"

Jun 18, 2011
Children's Book Illustrations
by: Donalisaherbal

Hello Sarah,

I tried to email you at the email on your website, but it was sent back to me. I really enjoyed looking at your work. I am a first time children's author looking for an illustrator. I would like to talk to you about your rates and availability. I am being published this first time by Mirror Publishing, which is a print on demand publisher.

I am going to make this a series of books and hope to eventually go to a big time publisher. I am looking for a determined illustrator to go on my journey with me.

Please contact me as soon as you get the chance.

Donalisa Helsley

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Quality Works Graphics and Illustrations

by Frank A. Lowe
(Orange County, California)

Let's work together to make some positive changes that just might alter your whole life! I'm ready when you are!

Let's work together to make some positive changes that just might alter your whole life! I'm ready when you are!

Quality Works Illustrations

Hello, friends, I'm Frank Lowe (illustrator of picture books for children 4-12.)

As an artist, I have worked in several areas of the artistic field for over 20 years. As a graphic designer, I am an Art Director of my own business, where I do original design work, for small businesses, that vary from logos and labels, to brochures, on up to full corporate identification packages.

When I worked in animation I did everything from character development to story-board, working for Marvel Films on the Spider-Man Show for Fox Television, in addition to the Iron-man Fantastic Four Hour that was syndicated. I have also worked for Hyperion and Pixie Box International doing the same type of work. Furthermore, I have freelanced story-boards for Hanna Barbera and Nickelodeon.

As I continue to do graphic design, I have ventured into the field of illustrating children’s books. Currently, I've just finished a book with Olive Leaf Publications. The book is now in publication and is called “The King’s Silverware.”

My wife and I are working on several different types of book series which are now in development. The name of our first series will be called “Emily’s Magic Hat,” which will consist of several installments.

I have a wide range of style due to my animation background and I am proficient in all media related to this profession.

My costs are negotiable, so as to work within your budget, and payment plans are available. To see some of my work right now, I invite you to go to visit lowelives on myspace.

For any other questions, please call 562-691-4050.
I have the confidence in your work to do this; DO YOU?

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Frank A. Lowe
Owner/Art Director

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Jun 08, 2009
Come See Frank A. Lowe's Work Samples
by: Anonymous

Hello everyone,

I hope that you will take some time to check out what I'm working on now, and that you might consider me for what you might be working on in the future. Please, if you have any questions feel free to call me today! 562-691-4050

Let me know your thoughts.

Frank Lowe

Aug 19, 2008
A Great Work Experience!
by: Megan Loughnane

I had the pleasure of working with Frank Lowe at Marvel Films animation starting in 1994, then on my first children's book in 2008. It was a pleasure both times! His professional, straightforward, "tell it like it is" approach has been so helpful to me.

Because of his years of experience, I felt at ease as I entered the new world of children's books. Thank you, Frank!

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Former Graphic Designer

by Mira
(Mountain View, CA, USA)

Love by accident

Love by accident

Freelance Illustrator


I'm searching for freelance project.

I'm an artist, but I used to be a graphic designer (for web) for more than 3 years.

So I can do the illustrations, but also I can help with the design part!

You can contact me at Mira's Gallery.

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Haunted Scribbles

by Jake

the wizard graff

the wizard graff

The Pope of Colors can draw your book

I offer haunted scribbles, from the part of your mind that writes the dreams you forget, the moment you wake up.

I use inks spread with needles and scooped by hand on pieces of recycled paper and other flat surfaces.

I received my degree in Illustration at the Western School of Shape and Form in the year 2005.

Contact Jake.

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Drawing since age 4

by Celeste Streiff Hammond
(Pasadena, CA, USA)

A Villain, The Ex-Robot Dictator of Sirius

A Villain, The Ex-Robot Dictator of Sirius

A Villain, The Ex-Robot Dictator of Sirius
Rufus, Jesse's Pet Tarantula
The Little Green Men of Mars
Erf & Merf playing N-dimensional Chess at Shultz's Beer Parlor

Hello, I'm Celeste Streiff Hammond, from Pasadena, and I have been drawing since I was 4 years old - on the walls, the furniture...wherever I could find an empty space.

Luckily my Mom was extremely permissive and never yelled at me about it; she just made sure I had plenty of paper and supplies from then on.

She also used to read to me from a huge book of Grimm's Fairytales that had tons of full page colorful and beautiful pictures.

From that time on I was hooked on fantasy art.

I mostly prefer illustrating children's picture books, YA children's books, book covers, and poster art/ads.

The examples of my work above are from a picture book for YA that recently I authored, entitled, "The Streetcar to Andromeda."

If you like my style, please contact me at to take a closer look at my portfolio and the other things I do. My prices are economical.


Celeste Streiff Hammond

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