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Nadja Sarell children's book illustrator

Tervetuloa kotisivuilleni!

Hello, welcome to my website!



Photo ©Sami Piskonen Photography

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.

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 also love working on chapter books and non-fiction books. I create surface patterns and card designs for licensing.

I enjoy teaching art, dance and narrative illustration to both children and adults.

I have had 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 have also started pottery classes, my latest passion project!

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 my illustrations for children. It's by far the best job in the world in my opinion! I work both traditionally and on the computer while listening to my favourite music by artists like Nina Simone, or listen to audio books and Spotify lists.

My favourite art materials are gouache, crayons and pencils, but I'm happy to work on any material depending on the project. My favourite subject 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.

For commissions outside Scandinavia, you can contact my agent Christine Hong at Astound.


Selected client list, including wonderful professionals and people behind some amazing books:

Design House Greetings, Dropp Water, Hachette, HarperCollins, Heinemann, Karto, Mäkelä Publishing, Opetushallitus/Finnish National Agency for Education, Oxford University Press, Otava Publishing, Putinki, Sanoma Pro, Simon & Schuster, Sinebrychoff Art Museum, Tammi, Valio, Verson Puoti, WooW Books, Yosemite Conservancy

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