We're constantly looking for interestingartists on Instagram. We will be introducing them every tuesday in a series called Introtuesday. Please meet Helsinki, Finland based graphic artist Leena Kisonen.
What are you working on at the moment? I’m finishing some of the last Christmas illustrations for this year. I’m also working on some new textile illustrations and one secret project I can’t talk about yet!
What is your work process like? My work process is a combination of handmade and digital. My main tools are black paper, scissors, scanner and Adobe Illustrator. All my artwork is made from paper cut elements that are scanned in and converted to vectors in Illustrator. The final artwork is always vector-based. My process takes its time, but I love the quality of work I get through it. I have to say that I’m not much of a sketcher - I prefer to first let the image form in my head. I usually start by reading the brief carefully and just think about it for a while, making some notes and quick pencil sketches. After that I usually just start working and the artwork takes its shape in the process. I think client work and personal work are the two sides of the same thing. Client work can take me to areas that I might not have gone into myself. Then again personal work can redirect me towards new types of client commissions.
Favorite work snack? Bubblegum. And coffee.
Any personal projects on the side that you're excited about? I’m organising my second solo show called Herbarium. It consists of 11 works I handcrafted from coloured paper - it was refreshing to work without the computer for a change. The works draw from nature, plants, animals and their display is mimicking herbarium vitrines. The exhibition takes place at the lovely Kaisu in Tokyo during 12 November–9 December. More info here: www.facebook.com/events/1581355612172263/
Follow Leena on Instagram and check out her portfolio at www.leenakisonen.com