ABOUT ASKA ...

  • Aska (or Aśka) is an illustrator, artist and scientist, and
    has loved to draw since she was small. 
    Once a PhD candidate researching quantum optics, she turned her hand
    back to art with the goal of being a children’s book illustrator. 

    She has experience in graphic design and character
    illustration and had her numerous comics published in Perth and Melbourne.  She was also featured on an ABC TV
    documentary, Noise On Screen, along with 11 other young Australian artists.

    Graduating from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Arts in
    2011, she won a Curtin Gallery Grant to create works for an exhibition where
    she combined her passion for maths, science and art, called 13-Our Faith in
    Numbers. She also created a number of short animated films, and with a City of
    Perth grant she run Animators Hour, an independent animation festival
    showcasing local and international animation talent on the Northbridge Piazza
    Superscreen in 2012.

    Her professional work presenting science programs and
    workshops for Scitech across of the Western Australia reignited her passion for
    the story telling of science.  The March
    2017 launch of The Cosmic Adventures of Alice and Bob was Aska’s first big
    illustration project. Written by Cristy Burne, it is a science comic book for
    children, sponsored by CAASTRO (Australia’s team of all-sky astronomers). 

    A further two of her illustrative projects have been
    published in 2017: Pepsi the Problem Puppy, by Sandi Parsons (Faraway Nearby
    Ink), and Looking Up by Sally Murphy (Fremantle Press); both fiction for young
    readers.  She won a Department of Culture
    and the Arts grant in 2017 from the State Government of Western Australia for
    the development of a picture book about dyslexia, written by Paul Russell, to
    be published in 2018.

    In all of her illustrations, Aska loves to create energetic
    characters with a curious streak – the best type of friend to take on an
    adventure uncovering the wonderfully diverse and inspiring world around us.

    Aska has a number of other author/ illustrator projects in
    the pipeline, so visit her website for their arrival!   www.askaillustration.com

ARTIST STATEMENT

  • Through her illustrations, Aska loves to create energetic characters with a curious streak – the best type of friend to take on an adventure uncovering the wonderfully diverse and inspiring world around us.