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       My Name is Nikolai J. Deleff, I was born and raised in Yellowknife, NT, Canada. 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 became 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.

As a sailing instructor, I have the pleasure of working with kids and young creative thinkers who continue to inspire my own creative projects. This year, in 2024, I am excited to share with many my latest, 'Superdog Jake: And a Whole Lotta' Cake', a children's picture book about my fun dog. My journey here could have have happened had it not started with a challenging obstacle, that would lead me to finding my path.


    Since then, I seek to share how art can empower us with the necessary resilience to weather life's toughest storms, all the while coming out on the other side with something to share.

- Nikolai. J. Deleff

Northern Author / Illustrator

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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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