Anastasia Photiou is a digital and traditional illustrator with expertise in children’s picture books and animation. She grew up around the myths and legends of ancient Greece that now influence and inspire her work.
Anastasia studied BA Computer Animation and Visualisation at Bournemouth University, and followed with an MA Children’s Literature: Children’s Book Illustration at Goldsmiths, University of London.
In her spare time she enjoys dancing, taking photos and exploring in nature.
Dear Little Deer, Are you Tired Yet?
‘Dear Little Deer, Are You Tired Yet?’ is a gentle bedtime story for children who really do not want to go to bed!
It is night time and Dear Little Deer should be sleepy and tired….
Instead Dear Little Deer wants to explore the world! With the help of Silver Shining Star they set on an extraordinary adventure.
They play with the fireflies in the forest! They sing a lullaby for the Mermaid with the long, green seaweed hair! Then they fly high up above in the sky to find the majestic Winged Horse! But it is almost morning and now Dear Little Deer is tired. Dear Little Deer discovers that no matter how far you go, you always want to go back home.
Freedom. is a series of sequential illustrations, created in the spirit of the support of LGBTQ+ communities for Pride 2020. The sequential illustrations are meant for a zine for Young Adult audiences who struggle to assimilate and be represented in literature. It seeks to empower, support the community and provide a multiplicity of visual metaphors that can have different meanings.
This piece has been treated as an animation with a rotating camera offering multiple viewpoints that enhance the transformation experience.