Illustration / design of educational materials for children. I’ve illustrated over 200 titles: from reading training books and exercise books, to fiction books about animals and nature. I have also written several children’s books.
Through lectures, workshops and courses, I like to inspire and share my experiences. Eg: How to work as an illustrator. How to make a book. Different ways to be creative with words and pictures. Content is adapted to each group’s age and background.
What is your name and how would you briefly describe what you do?
My name is Pia Niemi and I work as an illustrator, graphic designer and book author. I've been freelancing since 1989, more than 25 years now. I usually illustrate / design educational books for children and I also love to visit school classes (Skapande skola / Creative School). Assignments can also be logos, packaging, etc. I work in watercolor, ink and even digitally. I enjoy the varity and the opportunity to develop my skills.
Do you have any secret talents?
I am a technical college graduate in chemistry, but today I use that talent only to make super healthy smoothies or bake yummy chocolate cakes. And I usually know how to make things taste even better …
What is the best thing about working with you from a customer perspective?
My customers say I’m a positive and accurate person. With happy illustrations and a straight dialogue, which makes our collaboration easy. I like the variety of doing both illustration and design. When I visit school classes I inspire both students and teachers. I hope it shows how much I love my job.