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Alena Skarina

August 23rd, 2010


Alëna Skarina is an award-winning freelance illustrator and fine artist, born in Siberia, Russia in 1986. After moving to Canada in 1999, she pursued a bachelor’s degree in illustration at the Ontario College of Art and Design. When Alëna was 17, she was picked up by a renowned Toronto-based illustration agency – Reactor Art & Design, who have been representing her ever since. Refined line work is an essential attribute in Alëna’s work, which is executed with a lot of thought and precision. Unique hand done typography, organic, and sensual subject matter are some of Alëna’s favorite pursuits when it comes to illustration. After growing up in what could be described as a ‘domestic zoo’, Alëna’s constant exposure to animals has led to a deep affinity with them, expressed in her personal artwork.

You Have Me In The Palm Of Your Hand

Art from a recent solo exhibition at the Show & Tell Gallery in Toronto. Painted with acrylic on wood. The show is entitled Kind Red: it explores the idea of kindness manifesting into kindred connections.

Slug Lust

Personal erotic illustration, inspired by a resent camping trip to Newfoundland: the mushrooms hidden inside patches of wild strawberries were housing slugs! Gouache on paper; contributed to the second issue of The Wilding zine: curated by Fiona Smyth, published by the Koyama Press in 2009.

Get A Load of Milk

A transit shelter ad, commissioned by the Due North Communications agency for the Dairy Farmers of Canada. Gouache and watercolour on paper. Originally commissioned in 2007, it is still visible in different cities to this day.


Personal illustration about moles and hedgehogs as reverse versions of each other. Gouache on paper.

The Smart Bunny

Thesis illustration, based on a story by Kilgore Trout: a fictitious character appearing in Kurt Vonnegut’s novels. The story is about a female bunny with the mind capacity of Albert Einstein, hence the E=MC² formula in its brain.

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