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07.23.12

Riikka Sormunen

Illustrator

www.riikkas.com

Duration: I started working as an illustrator in 2007.

Staff: Just me! I’m represented by Anna Goodson Management and Napa Illustrations.

Education: I studied fashion design in The University of Art and Design in Helsinki but left school to concentrate on illustration. I’m learning as I work.

Cultural Influences: I love fashion, especially designers like Jonathan Saunders and Dries van Noten who use a lot of prints. I’m inspired by mid-century illustrators, Japanese woodcuts and artists like Gustav Klimt, Sylvia Sleigh and Marci Washington. Music also inspires me; I wish I could paint a picture as lovely as a Kate Bush song.

Environment: I work from a corner in our living room, mostly after dinner. Working during the night is the best.

Philosophy: Love what you do but don’t stop pushing for something better.