Hi! I'm Nadja Sarell, an illustrator from Helsinki. I specialize in children's books and products for the younger audience. My favourite things as an illustrator are creating quirky characters, playing with colour, texture and patterns, and expressing emotions through my illustrations. I also love drawing dance and music themed illustrations, as I have a strong background in both art forms.
I work for Finnish clients and also publishers in the UK and United States. I'm represented by Astound Illustration Agency for projects outside Scandinavia.
I enjoy illustrating patterns for fabrics and stationery. I work fluently in Finnish and English.
Dropp Water, Hachette, HarperCollins, Karto, Mäkelä Publishing, Finnish National Board for Education, Otava, Oxford University Press, Putinki, Sammakko, Simon & Schuster, Tammi, Turku Castle, UNICEF Finland, Valio, Verson Puoti, Yosemite Conservancy Publishing
"Working with Nadja on a four-book picture book series was a real pleasure. She’s full of fantastic ideas, a team player, and hits all her deadlines – what a dream."
– Liza Wilde, Managing Editor, Wren & Rook, Hachette
"Nadja Sarell was a wonderful and responsive partner in our project, delivering bright, bold, joyful illustrations that elevated the project and made a unique topic wholly accessible to the audience. She has been a willing promotional partner as well, gamely fielding interview questions whenever asked. Thank you, Nadja!"
– Nicole Geiger, Publishing Manager for Yosemite Conservancy Publishing
"Nadja Sarell is an incredibly talented illustrator, who perfectly captured the spirit of my characters and brought the story to life with her bright, whimsical, beautifully detailed illustrations. She was absolutely wonderful to work with and I look forward to working with her again!"
– Katie Petruzziello, Author and Publisher of Mighty Mila