Tanja Székessy

The illustrations by Berlin native Tanja Székessy are predominantly realistic. She loves to illustrate situations in detail. – „I find my inspiration in visual impressions from everyday life – people on the street, lighting moods or old movies.” – Influenced by her surroundings, her works are incomparably human and emotional.

Tanja is multitalented illustrator who works digitally as well as analogue. She feels at home with pencil drawing, collage and gouache techniques. – “The pencil in my hand is my idea tool. The sketches I create, seemingly by chance, solidify into drawings that become the basis for my collages”, she explains her creative process.

Tanja Székessy’s woodcut works, reliefs and sculptures she created for her first solo show „Playwood“ in 2017, are very special. – „Making a physical effort and working with real colours made me very happy!“ – Illustrated expressions and picture puzzles are also part of her large repertoire. Tanja particularly enjoys creating her bimonthly picture puzzle page for Das Magazin, because she is given almost free creative reign. – „I loved my latest six-page spread for the summer issue – the keyword “summer” was their only requirement.”

Regardless of the client, the technique or the topic, the Berlin illustrator always strives to „fulfil the client’s wishes as well as surprise and delight them“.

For the future Tanja Székessy plans „to constantly extend my repertoire and to explore lots of new creative areas, for example murals and other possibilities beyond print and online – like my commission "Soundless Dance" for Swatch watches“. – In the past the children’s publisher Klett has published three of her children’s books. Besides her own stories, Tanja would love to illustrate fairytales, which she has been adoring, collecting and re-reading since childhood.

Tanja Székessy’s woodcut works, reliefs and sculptures she created for her first solo show „Playwood“ in 2017, are very special. – „Making a physical effort and working with real colours made me very happy!“ – Illustrated expressions and picture puzzles are also part of her large repertoire. Tanja particularly enjoys creating her bimonthly picture puzzle page for Das Magazin, because she is given almost free creative reign. – „I loved my latest six-page spread for the summer issue – the keyword “summer” was their only requirement.”

Regardless of the client, the technique or the topic, the Berlin illustrator always strives to „fulfil the client’s wishes as well as surprise and delight them“.

For the future Tanja Székessy plans „to constantly extend my repertoire and to explore lots of new creative areas, for example murals and other possibilities beyond print and online – like my commission "Soundless Dance" for Swatch watches“. – In the past the children’s publisher Klett has published three of her children’s books. Besides her own stories, Tanja would love to illustrate fairytales, which she has been adoring, collecting and re-reading since childhood.

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