Riikka Jäntti


Riikka Jäntti, a 2003 graduate of Helsinki’s School of Art and Design, now part of Aalto University, is a Helsinki-based illustrator and author who has created art for both nonfiction and fairy tale books for children. Her first children’s book was published in 2005. Beyond Finland her works have been published in Swedish, Danish, Japanese and Chinese.

In her illustrations she uses pen and ink as well as watercolor and gouache. In 2009 Jäntti won the first ever Tieto-Lauri, an award for children’s and juvenile non-fiction, for her illustrations in Viidakkotanssi (Jungle Dance). The book was written by Markku Löytönen about the explorer Rafael Karsten in Ecuador.

Author photo by Veikko Somerpuro.

“Riikka Jäntti is an artist with of a full variety of styles, and as a professional artist she illustrates vividly both fiction and nonfiction in her works. Illustrator Riikka Jäntti is known for her phenomenal sense of colours. She lightens up and refreshes even an old and historical event or person with her colours – dramatically she turns the history alive in front of the viewer. Riikka Jäntti works hard and does research in libraries and archives to make historical events as authentic as possible.”
–Tieto-Lauri Award Jury

“Her field animals are drawn with intelligence and humor; you know what they are thinking. If that weren’t enough, Riikka’s atmospheric interiors and buildings show her mastery of perspective.”
–LWB, Harry Potter Lexicon

Bibliography


Riikka Jäntti

The Mercurial Mouse

2015, Picture Book


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse Helps Out

2016, Picture Book


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse’s Christmas

2017, Picture Book


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse Goes Out in the Woods

2018, Picture Book

Illustrated books


Katja Krekelä

Wild Castle

2015, Middle-Grade

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