Marika Maijala
Ruusun matka - Rosie springer

Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
Brief was to make text and illustration for a children's picture book. The publishers in Etana Editions saw drawings I had made in my sketchbook and wanted me to make a book out of them. We decided that the style would be the same as in these drawings - very free and sketch-like. The book came out in Finnish published by Etana Editions and in Swedish published by Förlaget.

How was the illustration used:
As illustration in a children's book.

How did you make this work:
Ruusun matka - Rosie springer is also written by me. Original illustrations are free drawings made with wax crayons on Moleskine A3-notebooks. I created dozens of drawings, of which 25 were selected in the book. To keep the feeling and atmosphere of the original drawings, large format was chosen for the final book (22,5x33 cm) and also the materials were selected keeping this in mind.

Commissioner Name :
Jenni Erkintalo and Reka Kiraly
Commissioner Company :
Etana Editions, Helsinki, Finland

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Marika Maijala is an award-winning, internationally published illustrator and children's book author based in Helsinki, Finland. Her debut picture book as an author, Ruusun matka, came out in 2018. Illustrations from Ruusun matka were selected in The Bologna Illustrators Exhibition 2019. Ruusun matka has also been nominated for The Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize 2019.