All heart

All Heart Pirita Tolvanen

That’s how she rolls!


Hello Goodbye Blackbird

Some personal work pieces just never get finished. You go back to them over and over again and change the colors or change the composition or change a teeny-weeny detail in a character’s foot.

Bye bye Blackbird! That’s what I’ve tried to tell this piece several times. Do you think this time he’s gone? Or still hanging around?

Cabaret Blue

Blue Cabaret Pirita Tolvanen

This shoe wants to DANCE.

I wrote a story about two blue shoes waiting for someone to buy them and to take them out dancing – it’s called Cabaret Blue. And there’s a dancer walking by the shop each and every day but he never enters the shop to come and get them. But of course it has a happy ending! They end up on big stages and get to dance until they drop.

I would not mind at all having pretty blue shoes myself!

Color Palettes

It’s a bit of a no-brainer for an illustrator to say this… but I love colours. LUV. They’re probably a big reason why I ever chose to become an illustrator in the first place.

And I love working with them. In a wider sense they’re attached to everything – events, feelings and phases in my life.

Recently I’ve started to make color palettes from each week. I select colors from illustration assignments I’ve been working on, and then think of the colors my mind has been most busy on. I don’t pay attention all that much to shapes and elements – even though I pick out something new every time.

Here’s my autumn so far: