Heorhiy Yakutovych is best known as a graphic designer and book illustrator. He returned epicness to Ukrainian engraving by addressing folk motifs. His participation in Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors is not accidental: Yakutovych traveled to the Carpathians twice in 1952 and 1958. His PhD work was illustrated novel by Kotsiubynsky Fata Morgana. In 1963, he started working on the design of Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors novel. But after finishing merely three prints, he was invited to the film crew as art director. Yakutovych immediately agreed to the offer. Subsequently Parajanov remarked on Yakutovych's contribution: “He is not just an artist, but a thinking. Probably I could find someone more talented than him, but definitely not as thoughtful as him. He led us to the Carpathians as a guide. He saved us from falsehood." Yakutovych continued illustrating Kotsiubynsky's novel that he abandoned while working on the film. In 1967, the new edition of illustrated Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors was published. He often travelled back to the Carpathians and stop in the village Dzembronya, Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, as could be traced by the Hutsul folk art in his works. In 1971, he worked with Ivan Mykolaichuk on Zakhar Berkut. This was the second job for Yakutovych in film production. He enriched his artistic arsenal with new plots ranging from the ancient Rus to the Ukrainian Cossacks and Gogolesque themes.