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Pirita Tolvanen
+358 50 3704323

Photography Niklas Meltio

I’m a Finnish Illustrator passionate about infographics, illustrating data and creating non-fiction picture books. My first non-fiction picture book “The Baron – Life of Jarno Saarinen” was highly commended at the World Illustration Awards children’s book category in 2019. The book was chosen a finalist for the Sports Book of the Year 2018 in Finland. My work is featured in the book ‘Bézier Vol. 1: The Best Vector Artists Worldwide’.

Vector graphics has been my main technique throughout my career. I love the logic and their wavy nature. Technical subjects fit my style perfectly. I illustrate a lot of people and portraits. Besides still illustrations I animate.

I decided to become a graphic designer at the age of 15, after seeing an exhibition of paper-cut pop up art by graphic design students. I studied graphic design in Finland, but an exchange period in Bulgaria’s National Academy of Arts with poster art influenced me heavily. Emphasis on ideas made me realize it was illustration I wanted to do as a profession.


Cover illustration for Publishers Weekly and their global awareness campaign in support of the book publishing industry during the novel coronavirus crisis (2020).

The Baron / The Flying Finn

”Baron – The Life of Jarno Saarinen” (2018) is a non-fiction picture book that tells the story of a road racer legend Jarno Saarinen. Besides the story of Saarinen, the book displays motorcycle road racing of the era with technical attention. The book’s illustrations were highly commended at the World Illustration Awards. You can view the book project on Behance.


Infographics on social integration for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (2020).

Editorial illustration

Illustration for a magazine of fire and rescue service (2019).

US and China decoupling & climate crisis themed cover illustrations for Finnish Journal of Foreign Affairs (2019 & 2020)

Illustrations on sustainability for Gasetti magazine (2020)

Social studies text books

Cover illustrations for high school text books on social studies (2020).

Heroine portrait

Portrait illustration of Maryan Abdulkarim for a children’s book on heroines (2018).

A Long Way Home

“A Long Way Home” is a visually wild fiction picture book of a sea turtle named Shelly, illustrated by me and written by Hanna Karoliina (2016). You can view the book project on Behance.

…and other illustration projects

I’m working on different kind of illustration projects all the time. I’d be glad to tell you more! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram. My portfolio can be found on the website of Association of Illustrators as well as Directory of Illustrators. I have a visual diary called Cold As Ice Cream.