"My job is to help tell stories and bring life into the imaginary worlds that we dream of."

I am a freelance illustrator and artist living in Finland. I’ve illustrated two children´s books, designed the look and feel of different characters and illustrated postcards and other printed materials. I do most of my drawing and painting digitally with Adobe Photoshop & my trusted wacom cintiq pen display. Sometimes I like to mix traditional sketching and textures into my work.
I am passionate about illustration and storytelling. I love books, games and animations and would love to be a part of creating their unique visual worlds. I love imagining the world, events, history and culture where the characters are living. Finding out who they are and what motivates them. What their world looks like and how this affects the look of the characters. In short, how to build believable and unique characters and universes.
The biggest influence in my development as an artist has been my teacher and mentor Glenn Vilppu who's teaching, feedback and overall generous attitude towards life, has been invaluable to me. 

Feel free to approach me with your project. I am looking forward to working with you.

Hanna Kenakkala
Yhteystiedot/Contact information:

Hanna Kenakkala – Illustration & Character Development

Interested in:
Illustration and Visual Development, Character Development, Game Art, Concept Design, Character Design.
Previous experience:
Children's Book Illustration, Character Development, Greeting Cards and other printed materials, Game Art

Digital Painting
Character Design and Visual Development
Traditional drawing and painting
Drawing Instructor

Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Indesign
Wordpress and other web editors - Basic knowledge
Blender 3D - Basic Knowledge
Unity - Basic Knowledge
Finish (native)
English (excellent)

Centria Game Lab 2019-2020 (on going)

Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Art
Keski-Pohjanmaan Aikuisopisto:
AV-Viestinnän perustutkinto, AV-Viestinnän ammattitutkinto
Vocational degree in Audiovisual Studies
University of Lapland: Open University basic and advanced studies of Art
Central Ostrobothnia Polytechic: Bacheror of Busines Administration
Kalajoki High School / Upper Secondary School

Courses and other training:
Aaron Blaise, The Creature Art Teacher - How to Draw Wolves
Aaron Blaise - Character Design workshop in Dublin, Ireland 2019.
Glenn Vilppu, Animal Drawing Workshop, Kunstfabrik, Vienna.
The Vilppu Academy – figure drawing, anatomy, composition, animal drawing
New Masters Academy - fine art, drawing, anatomy, composition, color theory, painting
SVS Learn online courses on illustration
Schoolism - Characters for Animated Film with Daniel Arriaga
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