Valerij shatunov was born in 1975 in Vilnius, Lithuania.
He finished high school in Vilnius and in 1991 graduated from art school near the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture and Science where he acquired an education in the fields of engraving, etching, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, art history and finished a dissertation on book illustration (engraving).
At the same time, along with his father Victor Shatunov, worked on creating illustrations for children’s books. The first book they illustrated together, titled „The house that was built by Jack“, was released into the world in 1989 and was put into circulation three times in a row by the publisher „Malysh“. Number of released copies exceeded 3 000 000. Valerij continued working with his father creating illustrations for children’s books which published in more than 10 countires around the world. In total, the number of books released into circulation ammounted to 20 000 000 copies.
All illustrations are drawn by hand on watercolour paper. Used for drawing are such tools as pencils, watercolours, gouache, acrylic, airbrush.
Since 1995 Valery Shatunov’s copyrights and intellectual property have been protected by the „LATGAA“ organization. This organization operates worldwide.
From 1997 he has worked as a makeup editor at „Polina“ publishers and has continued to work with his father in creating such book series as „Guliver’s travels“, „The four musicians of Bremen“, „The three musketeers“, „Varnas Kranklauzinas“ and others.
Publishers that release Shatunov books in Lithuania: „Polina“, „Vaga“, „AlmaLittera”, „Kronta”, „Tiraj”. Publishers in Russia: „Kristina“, „Kristina and Olga”, „Kristina and Ko”, „Astrel”, „Planeta detstva”, „Rosmen”,„AST”, „Malysh”,„Kruglyj god”,„Strekoza”,„Avanta +”,„Prof press”,„Karneol“.
Books have been published in Russia, Lithuania, Poland, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Ukraine, South Africa.
The number of books published together amounts to over 90.
In 1998 Valerij graduated from a computer school and acquired a degree in computer graphics.
In 1999 worked on using computers to improve hand drawn illustrations.
From 1999, under guidance from a famous Lithuain animator Ilja Bereznickij, Valerij starts studying the technology and peculiarities behind animation.
From 1999 perfectly uses Wacom tablet for creating computer graphics.
From 1999, along with animation studio „RIJA films“ (Latvia, Riga)(USA-Canadian-French corporation „BKN Studios“) started working on backgrounds for a full-length animation series composed of 22 episodes called „The Lost Continent“. Style – 2D realism, 3D analogue. Adobe Photoshop.
In 2000 works in creating „Tel Avivas“ GPS map for an American corporation „Zev Motors“.
In 2001 Valerij was sent out by the Lithunian animation studio „Vilanima“ to study the creating of new graphic styles. At the same time an animated series titled „Children of Fire“ was being made, during the creation of which Valerij received the status of supervisor for the background creation department. The degree of difficulty for drawing backgrounds at the time was 9 out of 10. Style: gouache + pastel, design using Adobe Photoshop computer software.
In 2002 was casted and accepted by“Varga Studio“ in Hungary where he created backgrounds for an animated series called „Captain Saberoth“ (Hungary – Australia). Style: waterclorous, pencil, design and editing using Painter and Adobe Photoshop computer software.
( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtC49g1XqbY “Captain Sabertooth” (2003) “KapteinSabeltann”.)
At the same time during 2002 started working with advertising projects – creation of proprietary graphic styles, logos and various proprietary style elements, external advertising, maps for private companies
From 2002 also worked as a graphics designer for one of the leading global advertising agencies „AGECOM“ – „LOWEAGE“ (Lithuania)
Valerij, along with „LOWEAGE“ agency, received a number of awards during the international contest „Adrenalin“: 2 golden arrows, 3 silver arrows, 5 bronze arrows. Currently publicized not only in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia but also in Sweden, Belarus, Poland, Russia and others.
In 2005 started his own advertising agency „Vizualas“
Currently Valerij Shatunov and his agency are working on various projects in a number of countries across the world -Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Belarus, Germany, Poland, Norway, England, Georgia, and others- for various advertising agencies and private clients. Valerij continues working in the agency and as a freelance designer. He professionally makes use of various computer graphics programs such as Photoshop, CorelDRAW, Painter, and others (if that is required for project realization).
In 2008, based on a polimer compound, created a new decorative lighting line with programmable LED special effects – „STARSTONE“
In 2014 Valerij Shatunov works not only in the field of graphic design but also creates marketing and advertising plans for his clients from various countries across the globe: Lithuania, Germany, England, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Belarus, USA, Poland, Czech Republic, Georgia, etc.
You can always contact Valerij and make a query regarding graphic design or other issues and forward any related information via the contacts below.
Valerij Shatunov’s moto: responsible, efficient and quality orientated attitude towards your work is a direct route to a satisfied client.