Hanna Kenakkala
Hanna Kenakkala
Freelance Illustrator & visual Artist
Kalajoki, Finland


I am a freelance illustrator and artist living in Finland. I’ve illustrated 4 children´s books, designed the look and feel of different characters and illustrated postcards and other printed materials. I do most of my drawing and painting digitally with Adobe Photoshop & my trusted wacom cintiq pen display. Sometimes I like to mix traditional sketching and textures into my work.

I am passionate about illustration and storytelling. I love books, games and animations and would love to be a part of creating their unique visual worlds. I love imagining the world, events, history and culture where the characters are living. Finding out who they are and what motivates them. What their world looks like and how this affects the look of the characters. In short, how to build believable and unique characters and universes.

The biggest influence in my development as an artist has been my teacher and mentor Glenn Vilppu who's teachings, feedback and overall generous attitude towards life, has been invaluable to me.

Feel free to approach me with your project. I am looking forward to working with you.


IllustrationCharacter DesignVisual DevelopmentDigital PaintingConcept Art

Software proficiency



    • Video Game
      Papu Games - Centria Game Lab
    • Year
    • Role
      Concept Artist & Game Artist
    • Company
      Centria Game Lab Studies 2019-2020


  • Illustrator and Concept Artist, Art teacher at Freelance
    Himanka, Finland
    January 2018 - Present

    I have illustrated and designed the characters for three Children's Books for Nordbooks publishing. I have worked on other client based illustrations such as christmas cards and editorial/commercial illustration.

  • Freelance Graphic Designer at Raumankarin Mainos
    Kalajoki, Finland
    August 2005 - December 2017

    I've worked as a freelancer for several years focusing on Graphic Design and WebDesign for small businesses. I've designed visual materials such as illustrations, web layouts, logos, icons, brochures and other printed materials.