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       My Name is Nikolai Deleff, I was born and raised in Yellowknife, NWT. Ever since I was a kid I would draw and colour, creating new worlds from both life and imagination.


     In 2022, I was hospitalized and diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (UC). As I was isolated from the outside world, drawing on the hospital's whiteboard was the gateway into my inner world. This experience gave me profound gratitude, and a renewed sense of purpose that formed the foundation for my Bear and Ivory Picture book.


    Since then, I seek to share how art can empower us with the necessary resilience to weather life's toughest storms.

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Services - Illustration

If you’re looking for an experienced illustrator from Yellowknife, NT, Canada, then look no further! Nikolai Deleff specializes in illustration commissions and artwork for children's picture books. All of his innovative work is crafted with care and attention to detail. Give your project the creative edge it deserves and let him bring your imagination to life.

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I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities. Let's connect.


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