Hello there,
I’m Ilona Partanen, Finnish illustrator, based in Helsinki, Finland. Themes like nature, biology, psychology, poetry and fantasy inspires me. I love entwining abstract concepts into concrete entities. My illustration style includes creating organic shapes, vibrant colour combinations and lively pattern surfaces and they have enriched articles and stories both in books and magazines. When not working, I hoard and plant different kind of plant seeds and nurture them. This passion for greenery is often translated in my illustrations.

I have created characters called Kinkmoles (fin. Sykkyrämyyrä) and they appear in my work every now and then. They are my babies. The first children's book Minä olen Sykkyrämyyrä! was published in 2018. In addition to illustrating, I love also writing stories for children.

Education
Aalto University, School of Art, Design & Architecture // MA, Visual Communication Design // 2018
Lahti Institute of Design // BA, Graphic Design // 2011

Publications as an author
Minä olen Sykkyrämyyrä! // Sammakko // 2018
Surullinen Luru // Mini // 2022

Publications as an illustrator
Houkuttaja häiritsee Lammasmaata // Written by Pirjo & Pekka Arvola // Mini // 2021
Pohdiskellaan periytymistä // Written by Sanna Kalmari // Harvinaiskeskus Norio // 2021
Liikaa herkkuja Haukkumaassa // Written by Pirjo & Pekka Arvola // Mini // 2020
Sankaritarinoita kaikille // Editors 
Taru Anttonen & Milla Karppinen // Into // 2019
Ihmeellinen Minna ja suomalaisia supernaisia // Written by Elina Lappalainen // Tammi // 2019
Todellisten prinsessojen kirja // Written by Satu & Johannes Erra  // Tammi // 2018
Sankaritarinoita tytöille (ja kaikille muille) // Editors 
Taru Anttonen & Milla Karppinen // Into // 2018 
Ventana // Sanoma Pro // 2015-2018
Ihmetellään kromosomeja // Written by Sanna Kalmari // Harvinaiskeskus Norio // 2017
Aurinkolinnut // Written by Mila Teräs // Karisto // 2016
Jukola // Sanoma Pro // 2015-2016
Leivotaan ihminen // Written by Sanna Kalmari // Harvinaiskeskus Norio // 2015

Recognition
Merit Award // iJungle Illustrations Awards 2019
Honorable Mention // 3x3 Professional Show No.16
Honorary Mention // Posti stamp design competition