Dear Diary 2014

I spent part of 2014 at home with my then one and a half year old daughter. I took a break from most of my illustration work during this time.

I started to document our daily life by trying to make a drawing of some situation or interesting thing I had seen during the day. Even the most mundane daily life has funny, weird or bizarre situations. Knowing I would make a drawing of some of our activities during the day made me look differently at things. If there was a subject, I would need to memorize it really well, to reproduce it later from memory.

Being at home and busy all day I had to find a way to draw things really efficiently and quickly in the evening. I did not do a lot of sketching and set some parameters, that would not vary, like the colors. I experimented a little with the colors in the beginning, but soon found, that this combination works quite well.

Thinking about it now, they mimic the four color process somewhat: yellow for yellow, dark blue for cyan, dark red for magenta and brown for black. This gave me a good palette to show a wide range of subjects.

As this project started in a small town, I also made two exhibitions of it in small towns.

The works were shown as large format prints in the Hämeenkyrö library, and also in the small town of Karstula in Central Finland in the summer of 2015.

The series was awarded with the Finnish graphic designers association grafia’s best of the year Silver Award (Vuoden Huiput, Hopeahuippu) in 2014. From the jury (translation below):

Kuvitettu päiväkirja, joka sanattomasti kuljettaa voimakkaasta tunnelmasta toiseen. Kuvat ovat kauniita, taidokkaita, tasapainoisia ja latautuneita. Kuvituksen sisäänpäin kääntyvä tunnelma sisältää paljon oivalluksia ja hetken tuntua. (…) Tässä työssä on kiehtovalla tavalla elämä läsnä.

“An illustrated diary that, although wordless, expresses emotions strongly. The images are beautiful, skillfully made, even and of high quality. The inwardly directed atmosphere of the illustrations contains many insights and emotions of the moment. In this work life is present in a fascinating way.”

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August–September, 2014

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