I have been lately working as an illustrator of children’s books at Otava Publishing Company Ltd, a major Finnish publishing house. My illustrations are done by hand with watercolours and pens, but I also paint with gouache and oil colours. Additionally, I make illustrations digitally.
My next children’s book ’Viidakon väki ja puutarhan salaisuus’ / ’The Jungle Crew and the secret of the garden’ is coming Out September 2020.
My first childrensbook I have written and illustrated came out in October 2019, published by Otava. As many of you know, in my visual art I have been describing thoughts about the relationship between nature and people and how it is affecting our environment. Along with all of my work I found myself writing down ideas and stories and how to tell children about this topic. Some characters started living in my mind. After two years of work it happened and their story ended up in a book. “The Jungle Crowd and the Great Migration” is a story about a Giraffe, a Chicken and a Zebra whose home jungle is being destroyed by various forces of nature. Eventually the jungle catches fire, forcing the animals to flee towards the ocean and ending up in a city. This is where their adaptation story begins since the animals have never been in a city. This book starts a series about the Jungle Gang.
All pictures are drawn and painted by hand. You can follow my work as an illustrator and the progression of the book @johannalummeillustrator
The book will be sold at least trough Otavan kirjakauppa and Suomalainen kirjakauppa.
Here are a few illustration for the book. Enjoy!
This is a project made in collaboration with Maiju Kolisoja. We made a time-lapse and video reflecting my work as an illustrator.
At Otava Publishing Company, I have participated in a project where school books were made for children in primary school. The project consists of the publication of four different books, one that is still in progress. It also includes different covers for textbooks and other tasks, like letter posters, cards and illustrations for digital material. Some of these are found below. The writers in this project are Siri Kolu, Mari Backmann, Kati Lassila and Kati Solastie. The layout is by Heli Ahola, and I work as the illustrator.
Pre School-book for kids, 100 pages of illustration.
ABC-book for the first grade, 200 pages of illustration.
Reading book for the second grade, 200 pages of illustration.
Finnish as second language, 100 pages of illustration.
Letter cards are intended for use at schools to teach children the alphabet better.
Poster illustrations are made digitally with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. The posters are available in size A3 (12 euros each + postage). The children’s height chart is 150 cm (20 euros each + postage).
Send me an e-mail if you wish to purchase one: johanna_lumme(at)hotmail.com
My comics are little stories about Ruben the Rabbit and his forest friends. Comics in English are found on flickr.
In 2012, I won first prize in an illustration competition for children’s school books organized by Otava Publishing Company. Below are the illustrations that I made according to Otava’s instructions.
For Helsinki Zoo I designed, illustrated and did the layout for the visitor’s guide, which was published in summer 2015. All illustration’s are colorised digitally.
This was a school project where I designed goods packages for everyday use for a product named Bo. The project consisted of designing the package, and doing the illustrations and typography.
I made this CD illustration and typography for Freelance singer Mervi Multamäki. You can see some sketches and different ideas and also the final design of the cover.