Leena Kisonen

Leena Kisonen

IllustratorLondon, United Kingdom
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Leena Kisonen

Leena Kisonen

IllustratorLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I'm a Finnish illustrator based in London. I work in the mix of illustration, design and art. I create work for print and digital, textiles, packaging and products. Sometimes my creations also take over spaces and climb on walls and windows. My style can be described as a blend of delicious candy colors, playful shapes and big smiles. I've developed my craft over the years, drawing inspiration especially from Nordic simplicity, Japanese aesthetics and folk arts. I create all my works by combining paper cut with digital processing. This gives my work its unique and warm handmade feel. I've been lucky enough to have worked with clients around the world. My clientele includes Minna Parikka, BluePrint and Google among others. My work has also won many clients in Japan, where I've collaborated with Isetan, Epos Card and many more.
  • Make-up packaging illustrations
    Make-up packaging illustrationsUS-based make-up brand Cosnova commissioned me to create a seasonal look for their Essence cosmetics Christmas packaging. The kits contain a selection of lip glosses and mascaras and they are targeted at young adult and teenage girls. The brief was to create illustrations that would give the packaging a fresh, playful look for the holiday season.
  • Seria Japan
    Seria JapanA series of playful illustrations and patterns for Seria stores in Japan.
  • Friendship Stories stamp set
    Friendship Stories stamp setIllustration and design for a set of Valentine's Day stamps for the Finnish Post. The set is called Friendship Stories and it consists of five different stamps. The set is complete with a First Day Cover and a rubber stamp. I created these stamps in Spring 2021 under the never ending London lockdown. I was still new to the city and the weather was gray, I couldn't leave my apartment much and I missed my friends in Finland. These gloomy circumstances made me truly kick back and create illustra
  • Editorial illustration for M2 magazine
    Editorial illustration for M2 magazineAn ongoing series of cover art and editorial illustration I've created for M2 magazine published biannually. Commissioned by Kubo Agency in Finland.
  • Wall calendar for 2022
    Wall calendar for 2022Cute and pastelly animal-themed illustrations for a 2022 wall calendar. There is a different animal for each month enjoying an activity typical for the season. Commissioned by my long-term client Putinki Helsinki in Finland. The calendar is available for purchase online here: https://www.putinki.fi/epages/paperikauppa-putinki.sf/en_GB/?ViewObjectPath=%2FShops%2Fpaperikauppa-putinki%2FProducts%2F8013038
  • Illustrations for Refinery 29
    Illustrations for Refinery 29Quirky and colorful hero illustrations for Refinery 29 and their 2021 Holiday campaign. The playful illustrations depict different kinds of cute holiday gifts: cookies, cosmetics and furry hats. The illustrations were created to match individually desktop and mobile environments.
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Work history
    IllustratorLeena Kisonen Studio
    Helsinki, FinlandFreelance
    My own studio focusing on Scandinavian style illustration, art and design. Open for commissions!
  • Pattern Design
  • Editorial Illustration
  • Packaging
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Creative Arts
  • Paper Art
  • Character Design
  • Lettering
  • Art Creating
    MA Graphic Design
     - Helsinki, Finland
    Masters degree focusing on visual communication and graphic design.
    BA (Hons) Graphic Design
     - Lahti, Finland
    Bachelor's degree in graphic design and illustration.