1. Eili-Kaija Kuusniemi

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    Eili-Kaija Kuusniemi is an illustrator, typographers and graphic designer based in Helsinki, Finland. Her swirling watercolours bring to life food, plants, characters and places for international publications and brands.

    Kuusniemi graduated from the Helsinki School of Art and Design, Aalto University, with an MA in Graphic Design. She has since worked in a range of creative roles, challenging herself in areas of illustration, art direction in ad agencies and web design. Over the years she has worked for clients Eurostar, Kiehl’s, Dove, Fazer, Johnson & Johnson, Random House, Sunset Magazine, and Elle.

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  2. Eero Lampinen

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    Eero Lampinen is an illustrator based in Helsinki, Finland. His editorial illustrations comprise of candy-coloured cool kids, set in folktale landscapes.

    Growing up in Belgium, Lampinen was inspired by comics and old children’s books. As he got older, he developed an interest in printing methods. Leading him to study graphic design at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Since graduating, he has worked with a range of clients including Wired UK, The New Republic, Otava, Grafia, and Finnish Association for Nature Conservation.

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  3. Lotta Nieminen

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    Lotta Nieminen is an illustrator and graphic designer from Finland. She has previously worked for fashion magazine Trendi, Pentagram and RoAndCo Studio, but now enjoys working as a freelancer. Her illustration clients include Hermès, New York Times, Volkswagen, United Airlines and Marks & Spencer. I like the way she plays with perspective in her work. She cleverly uses simple shapes that form intricate, striking visuals.

    See more on her website.

  4. Sasa Saastamoinen

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    Sasa was born in Finland, but now lives and works in Beijing, China. Interestingly, she has completed THREE university degrees.

    “I paint with ink and Chinese mineral watercolors on hand-made xuan paper (‘rice paper’). I use traditional Chinese ink painting brushes as well as other methods like splashing, dripping, or pouring ink. I am fascinated by the properties of ink. I am especially interested in ink’s reactions with water and like to use fairly wet paint, which makes the end result more difficult to control and which easily breaks the thin rice paper. I enjoy quickness and irreversibility of my medium, which require intense concentration when painting.

    I use a fairly limited color palette, which is typical for Chinese ink painting. The blackness of ink is important as well as different shades of gray. I also follow the Chinese ink painting’s concept of composition by building up on contrasts and uniformity but avoiding mechanical patterns, repetition and symmetry. In paintings there are often opposite pairs (like dry-wet, small-big, one-many, light-dark, fast-slow…) and elements that bring the painting together (like similarity of shapes, movement or rhythm). The human mind likes to construct mechanical order, so avoiding it can be difficult. This is one of the reasons it is important to have a correct state of mind when painting and forget the conscious thinking.”

    Well said. For more inky goodness, Sasa’s website can be found here; but I also admire her sketchbook.