Tervetuloa kotisivuilleni!

Hello, welcome to my website!


I’m a freelance illustrator from Helsinki, Finland. If you are looking for colourful illustrations, surface pattern or lively character design, you have come to the right place.

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 publishers in Finland and abroad. I love to illustrate for children's picture books and chapter books, stationery and bolt fabric. I also create surface patterns for licensing. Currently I work through my agent Astound for commissions outside Scandinavia.

I 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, play music with my friends and I still dance, whenever I get a chance. But my main passion and love is illustration!

I live in a colourful home with my family and I have a 15 minute walk through a forest to the studio (see below!). That's the place where I create, paint, make a mess, listen to radio, jump up and down when I feel like it and talk to myself or my illustrator spouse with whom I share the studio.

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, WooWBooks, Wren&Rook/Hachette

All images © Nadja Sarell 2019

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