The Baron tells the story of Jarno Saarinen, a legendary Finnish motorcycle road racer. Saarinen’s life and career were tragically cut short, but he still managed to change the sports and its ways of driving. I wanted to tell the story to kids (both boys and girls) and honour Saarinen’s legend with joy. And to bring to life the visual motorcycle world of the 70s.
I did a thorough background work with the motorcycles, circuits and racing suits of the time. The illustrated motorcycles are all very loyal to the original ones. And the people illustrated are highly recognizable.
Pirita Tolvanen is a Finnish illustrator. The Baron is the first book she's written and illustrated. Pirita has a soft spot for infographics and communicating with illustration and typography combined. As an illustrator she’s mostly self-taught, but has also studied graphic design. Exchange period in Bulgaria with studies on poster art influenced her dearly.