loddelina illustration

My name is Damjana Vahen Etlicher, illustrator and designer behind Loddelina.

Originally from Slovenia, I have been living in France since 2010, together with my husband, two kids and a dog. I have a background in textile and fashion design and have spent almost 20 years designing and making handbags and other accessories under the name Loddelina. I also had some of my early illustrations published in Slovene children's magazines Cicido and Ciciban. Drawing has always been my biggest passion so as my sewing creations gradually became more and more about the free style embroidery and applique, basically drawing with thread, it was time to take a leap into full time illustration! I have since completed several online courses with art agents Lilla Rogers and Zoë Tucker, like editorial illustration and illustrating children’s books at Make Art That Sells (MATS).

My favourite mediums, besides digital illustration, are watercolour, gouache and ink; I like to get lost in the tiny details, create playful characters and combine lush colours with interesting textures.

Living at high altitude of the beautiful French Jura Mountains I am constantly inspired by nature, endless colour combinations and ever changing light. I am looking forward to working with you on all sorts of projects, from children's books and greeting cards to editorial illustration, toys and decorative objects.

loddelina illustration

My tiny desk (and my non-assistant Lisa), set up in the bedrom, where there's the best morning light for drawing.

Thank you
          for stopping by,




I inherited my love of sewing from my mother (she made that bunny costume and so many others) and a desire to draw from my father.