Sanna Annuka

Looking into different illustration styles, the work of Sanna Annuka was suggested to me. Her work is based on ‘folk-art’, using a lot of patterns and colours similar to the patterns found in the Alebrijes. Her work draws in influences from nature and mythology from all over the world but mainly from her home in Lapland, Finland.

About Her

‘Sanna Annukka  was born in Brighton UK to a Finnish mother and a British father.
She spent many childhood summers in her mother’s home village of Paltaniemi in Northern Finland and together with her aunts and uncles they would head into Lapland to camp in the wilderness, pick berries and fish for wild salmon. Having spent some time living with her grandmother in her old wooden house, and helping on the family farm, Finland became Sanna’s spiritual home.
Her love of the Finnish landscape and culture of the north was shaped by these early experiences, and her work draws on the magical quality of this special, wild part of the world.

Currently Sanna lives in Brighton, England working as a Printmaker and Textile Designer.
Her work expresses her love of pattern, decoration and mythology so often found in traditional cultures all over the world, but especially close to her heart are the Sami people of Lapland. She divides her time between designing collections for the Finnish textile brand Marimekko, and working on her own range of silk screen prints and other products.’



She uses a lot of strong colour combinations and patterns in her work. Most of her work seems to be flat designs in terms that they don’t seem to have depth perspective but I think this is appropriate for this style of pattern and decorative art work. For my illustrations I want to achieve a similar style (even though they are based on wooden sculptures) so that the main focus is the colours, pattern work and the mythical creatures themselves since they will already be contain a lot of detail. I also think it would work better for the labels.

I think she creates most of her work by hand as some of the work has a more raw feel to them and you can see in some of the pattern work is a bit imperfect although Im sure this is intentional as other bits seem very symmetrical and look as if they were created digitally using illustrator. It could also be a combination of both.

929ef1af67559a1abbe0fba30cbbfe5a The illustrations of animals take an abstract quality and are shaped by the patterns themselves.

sa_marimekko_kukkuluuruu_card-e1423563328953-270x379I like how she doesn’t over complicate the animal figures themselves but instead lets the patterns be the main characteristics and detail. The illustrations are almost symbolic representations of the animals themselves


Some of the colour palettes tend to be a bit flat and soft, which compensate for all the patterns and colours used. Also it seems that no more than about 6 colours are used per illustration. It seems the more detailed and colours used the flatter the colour tones are used, while some of her other work that have less pattern detail or colours, use a brighter set of colours.



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