Ukrainian illustrator Tonia Tkach paints storybook illustrations inspired by the world around her. Now living in Tyumen, Siberia, the talented artist is constantly on the move, but she’s never without her sketchbook and watercolor paints. Her travel experience is evident throughout her portfolio, including her latest series, titled Flower Alley, inspired by the historical towns of mainland and Eastern Europe.
Quaint stone houses, barns, and windmills feature throughout, but Tkach adds a touch of fantasy to her illustrations by playing with scale. Her watercolor villages are dwarfed next to tall garden flowers, turning her scenes into fantasy worlds where fairies could live. Each tiny town is themed according to the colors of the surrounding botanicals. In one piece, a cluster of houses with lilac roofs is nestled within bunches of lavender, and in another, red-bricked homes are planted among roses. No matter the theme, each nature-inspired illustration is beautifully rendered in Tkach’s distinct style, complete with soft washes of vibrant watercolor.
Scroll down to check out some of Tkach’s whimsical watercolor paintings and find more from her growing portfolio on Instagram. And if you love her work, you can learn how to paint in her style by watching her YouTube tutorials.