Nadja Sarell children's book illustrator

Tervetuloa kotisivuilleni!

Hello, welcome to my website!


I’m a freelance illustrator from Helsinki, Finland.

I graduated in 2004 from North Wales School of Art and Design with BA (1st class Hons) in Illustration for Children’s Publishing. Before my illustration studies I graduated as a dancer with MA in Dance from Theatre Academy in Helsinki.


Photo ©Sami Piskonen Photography

I work mainly for the children's book publishers in Finland and abroad. My passion is to create illustrations for children's picture books, and I love working on chapter books and non-fiction books. I also create surface patterns and card designs for licensing. Currently I work through my lovely agents at Astound for commissions outside Scandinavia.

I also love to teach art, dance and narrative illustration to both children and adults.

I have several years of experience with performing arts and teaching dance. I also play classical piano. My hobbies include dancing whenever and wherever I can!

I live in a colourful home with my family. I have a 15 minute walk through a forest to the studio. That's the place where I create illustrations for children, which is by far the best job in the world. I work both traditionally and on the computer while listening to my favourite music by artists like Nina Simone, or listen to audio books or Radio Helsinki.

My favourite art materials are probably gouache and pencils, but I'm happy to work on any material depending on the project. My favourite subjects to illustrate are lively characters with lots of personality. I enjoy adding patterns everywhere, and I also love to do research for the books that I illustrate.


Selected client list:

Design Design Inc, Dropp Water, HarperCollins, Karto Oy, Kustannus-Mäkelä Publishing, Opetushallitus/Finnish National Agency for Education, Otava Publishing, Putinki Oy, Sanoma Pro, Simon & Schuster, Sinebrychoff Art Museum, Tammi Publishers, Valio Oy, Verson Puoti, WooW Books, Wren&Rook, Yosemite Conservancy