Illustration –Character design – Concept Art


Hello, my name is Valeriya Topp. I am classically academically
trained artist and B.A. Designer and work freelance as an illustrator, character designer and concept artist.

The main focus of my work is illustration and character design
of people, animals and creatures; preferably, but not exclusively, in the subject areas of fantasy and folklore. I also illustrate backgrounds with landscapes and objects in natural and urban spaces.

I prefer to work in a realistic style, sometimes with slight stylization, as well as in a comic style.

If you are interested in my work, I am always at your disposal. I look forward to implementing your ideas and realizing great projects together with you.

Best regards,
Valeriya Topp

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Curriculum vitae

Relevant Work experience

Freelance as Illustrator, Character Designer & Concept Artist
03/2023- Actual

Design working student
2020-2022 | The field of illustration, graphic and media design at Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund e.V. Münsterland RV

Commission Artist
2013- 2016


Original art sales for private clients and companies, private and corporate commissions

Training as an artist

2011-2015 | Art College M. Grekovs in Rostov-on-don | Diploma and High school | Graduation with distinction

After my general school leaving, I completed a classical training as an art painter and art teacher at an art college.

Here I immersed myself in the world of academic drawing and art painting with a focus on still lifes, portraits, nude drawings, outdoor landscape painting and animal depictions. My training included various rules of the art of composition, light and shadow conditions, black and white sketching, color representation as well as the anatomy of humans and animals. I learned the use of oil paints, watercolors, gouache, ink, charcoal, pencil and other graphic materials.

Design studies

2018-2023 | Münster School of Design | Bachelor of Arts | Focus on Media Design | Average grade 1. 5

Later I successfully completed my bachelors degree at the Münster School of Design with a focus on 2D animation and 3D character design. Here I expanded my skills in various graphic processes such as illustration, frame-by-frame animation, key-frame animation, 3D design and character design, including partial 3D animation.

During my studies I gained extensive knowledge in programs such as InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Cinema4D, Blender, Substance Painter and ZBrush.

I stand for the future of human art and against the replacement of real art by machine-generated “pseudo-art”.

The “Human Made Art” logo which I created means that I don’t use AI tools for creative processes such as searching for ideas, sketching, rendering or the like. Instead, I let my many years of experience and creativity flow into my works. Above all, I love all the steps required to create a work of art, and I will never need AI to do that.

The AI tools were created in an unethical way by stealing works from artists and making them freely and commercially available to the world, with the aim of making a profit for the company that created them. These AIs would be nothing without the work of the artists, who were not asked for permission to “copy” their works, were not mentioned in the generators, and were never compensated for the use of their works. Dear companies like Midjourney, Stable Diffusion, DALL-E, especially Stable Diffusion of Stability AI and others, have decided that it is okay to go through the corpses to success and not only steal something from the artists, but also take away their future.

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