Hello! My name is Bistra Masseva and I am a professional illustrator.

Originally from Bulgaria, I am currently based in Brighton, UK. I studied at the University of Brighton and the Bulgarian Academy of Arts, specialising in book design, illustration and typography. My illustrations are hand-drawn, expressive and with a strong colour palette.

Alongside my illustration work, I am also a keen lettering artist and calligrapher.

Clients include Albert Whitman, Heinemann, Cricket Magazine, Oxford University Press, Ciela Publishing, MilkX Magazine.

Awards and Recognitions
Silent Book Contest 2020, Finalist
3x3 International Picture Book Show 2017, Merit Award
2017 Book Illustration Competition, longlist and exhibition
Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2016 finalist, exhibition and annual catalogue
2016 Bridgeman Studio Award, shortlist

If you are interested in working with me, or would just like to say hi, you could reach me at | contact@bistramasseva.com

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Bistra Masseva Бистра Мъсева