I am Leena Kisonen and I'm a graphic artist based in Helsinki, Finland. 
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 my artwork by combining paper cut with digital processing,
which gives my style its unique and warm handmade feel.
I've been lucky enough to have worked with clients around the world.
My clientele includes Google, Snapchat and Papyrus among others.
My work has also won many clients in Japan, where I've collaborated with
Isetan, Epos Card and many more.
You can find the most recent updates and news about my work on  my Facebook page and on Instagram.
If you want to work with me, have a question or just want to say hello,
please do not hesitate to
get in touch!
Photo: Jennifer Ahlamaa
Selected Clients
Google, Snapchat, Lagom Design, Anyways Creative, Papyrus, Isetan, Helsinki Design Week, Minna Parikka, Hain BluePrint, Bruce Mau Design, Unilever, Orbis Japan, Gaudeamus, Putinki, Kubo Finland, M2 Magazine, Suomen Pietarin Instituutti, Institut Finlandais, SwissQuote, Epos Card, Kippis, Kauniste, Le Monde Diplomatique

Upcoming Talks and Classes
Aalto University
Lecture for BA Graphic design students on quoting, pricing and invoicing.
Espoo, Finland, 30 October 2018
Chinese Picture Book Conference
Two talks at a conference in Shanghai focused on picture book illustration.
The conference is accompanied with a group exhibition at Huichuang Space.
Talk 1: Introduction to my work 

Talk 2: Creating your own illustration style
Shanghai, China, 13-14 October 2018

Past Talks and Classes
St. Petersburg International School of Design
Masterclass for a private design school:
Pricing for illustrators
St. Petersburg, Russia, September 2018

Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Talk in a one-day conference on funding illustration:
How to Make Money With Illustration?
View the talk online (in Finnish only)
Helsinki, Finland, May 2018

Aalto University
Talk and Q&A session: Working as a freelancer
Espoo, Finland, September 2017
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Helsinki Design Week
Public talk: How to create your own illustration style
Helsinki, Finland, September 2017
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St. Petersburg International School of Design
Masterclass for a private design school: Emotion in Design
St. Petersburg, Russia, June 2017

St. Petersburg Design Week
Keynote talk at St. Petersburg's annual design week:
Creating your own illustration style
St. Petersburg, Russia, June 2017
3331 Arts Chiyoda
Artist's talk on my work and craft
Tokyo, Japan, October 2014
Selected features 
Art Quarter Vol. 16
Muen Art, Taiwan, 2017
Slanted #29 - Helsinki
Slanted Publishers, Germany, 2017
Pattern Euphoria
Sandu Publishing, China, 2016
Finland Yum-Yum Kitchens
Édition Paumes, Tokyo, 2014
Worldwide Graphic Design – Scandinavia
Feierabend Verlag OHG, Mannheim, 2009
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