Director of animation, scriptwriter, artist, illustrator Leonid Shmelkov was born in Moscow in 1982. In 2005, he graduated from the Moscow State University of Printing, Graphic Arts Department. Since 2005 he has been participating in exhibitions, making pictures for children’s magazines, illustrating books. Since 2007, he is a member of the association of illustrators Magic Saw. In 2009 he graduated from the school-studio SHAR in Moscow in animation directing. Currently he is working as a director, designer and animator, as well as drawing illustrations for children’s books and mentoring workshops for children.