Constantina Kalimeris

Constantina Kalimeris

Illustrator
Montreal, QC
Genre

Non-fiction

Biography

Constantina Kalimeris is an artist, illustrator and graphic designer from Montreal.

She grew up in a Montreal city neighborhood in the 1960s with many friends of different ages and ethnic backgrounds and she has lived in this beautiful city all her life. Her childhood experiences in school were memorable, encouraged by hip teachers to draw and make crafts and participate in numerous other creative school presentations. At home there were frequent cultural celebrations involving a lot of Greek cooking and music and inviting many family members who often recounted stories from their life in Greece that were sometimes sad and sometimes hilarious.

Inspired by her creative life as a child, she later studied fine art and graphic design and although her dream was to become an art teacher, she was led to technical illustration and publication design in the aerospace industry for twenty years. In 2010 she began working from her home studio creating art for educational publications and information graphics with hopes to also create art for children books and magazines.

Working with color again after working only in black and white for a long time, she discovered new ways to make illustrations by incorporating hand-drawn textures using her beloved childhood medium, colored pencil, together with Photoshop and Illustrator. Her interest and expertise is in developing images that explain concepts and processes and provide visual information. Minimalist design and shapes and textures found in nature are what inspire her the most and she has recently begun exploring plant life and nature through photography and personal art projects.

Constantina has illustrated two books for self-published authors and she is available for illustration and book design work for educational and non-fiction publications.