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Tuomas Kärkkäinen

Hello! I'm Tuomas Kärkkäinen, an illustrator and children's book author from Helsinki. In my work I often deal with social issues using a graphic formal language, strong colors and unexpected humor. I approach the world around me in a playful and critical way. I am often praised by clients for finding new perspectives on the subjects I work on.

I love music, literature and obscure pop culture references. I strongly believe that illustration needs to become more of an adult thing – and that children deserve at least the same quality of culture as adults.

I work in both Finnish and English. While I appreciate being trusted for my expertise, the best projects come from working with a small and dedicated team. I'm used to tight deadlines. When you work with me, everything from contracts to invoicing runs smoothly.

I'm a creative idea and concept developer specializing in editorial illustration. I also enjoy brand illustration, pattern design and light animation for my own illustrations. I'm currently working more or less entirely digital, but I'm careful to maintain a lively, warm style.

Pori Jazz Festival, Helsingin Sanomat, City of Helsinki, Suomen Kuvalehti, Viinilehti, Aalto University, S&S Publishing, Tammi Publishing, Huhtamäki, Sievo, Pure Waste, Studio CYL