Comics artist, sketchnoter, illustrator, comics journalist
- I work freelance doing comics, info comics, event sketchnoting, illustrations, caricatures, lettering, writing, teaching etc.
I help customers in visualising information at events and in communications (print and web, in Finnish and English). See my full freelance work portfolio here (in Finnish). Sample images in English below.
- I’ve published the books Mountain Wife – Backpacking Comics from the South Caucasus (Neon Tunisia, 2015, with translations, read more here) and Taxi to Kurdistan – Backpacking Comics from the Middle East (with translation, Asema, 2009), zines, comics anthology entries, comics for magazines etc. See my comics here. Most books and zines contain English subtitles!
- I work as editor in chief of Sarjainfo, Finland’s only comics culture magazine and press officer at Finnish Comics Society. So ask me about Finnish comics!
Background & more
- I was born in 1983 and live in Helsinki, Finland
- I studied Sociology & Development Studies at Sussex University, Brighton, UK (Bachelor of Arts, Honours, degree: 1st, 2006)
- Memberships include Finnish Comics Professionals (board member), Kutikuti (contemporary comics collective), The Finnish Illustration Association, Femicomix Finland (feminist comics network), Mensa Finland
- In my free time I do sports, cycling, travelling, reading and I study Russian for fun.
- Order my books and zines, see the shop here.
Instagram account of my work in English: @ainosutinen
Need a live illustrator for your event? I take fast visual sketchnotes with clarity and humour. I work on paper and digitally, the format is quite flexible and you can use the illustrations freely later.
Samples of some recent works in English:
Power, population, sex and history: an ongoing research and comics art project with Helsinki University researchers. We are working on a book on the topics of sex, reproduction, abortion, population policy, queer history etc. in post-war Finnish history. More info here and Instagram account here.
”Indicators for an economy fit for the planet” – illustrated video of GDP measurement problems, ecological sustainability and corporate responsibility here.
Sketchnotes of academic lectures athe a semiar of the Centre for Ethnic Relations and Nationalism at Helsinki University (2018). See the sketchnotes here.
Sketchnotes for a European seminar of LGBT rights (2018).
Sketchnotes for a seminar on Africa–EU relations for Kehys ry NGO (2018).
Series of informative illustrations for Tampere University EduMAP research project.
Reportage of Raptus comics festival in Bergen, for Norwegian comics culture online magazine Empirix.no (2018). Read it here.
The Stopped – research project, multimedia, long webcomic, sketchnotes for events and an illustrated video about ethnic profiling in Finland (2018). You can see it all here in English.
Sketchnotes for a seminar on Africa–Eu relations, business and development, Kehys ry (2018).
Sketchnotes for Lappeenranta University of Technology, European Robotics Forum (2018).
Sketchnotes for Huawei (2017).
Comics of European far-right populist movements in the Picture Politics project (Goethe-Institut, 2017). Read them here.
Live illustrations at Diversity in Adult Education conference in Helsinki (2017).
Info comics about the Finnish sauna for Sauna Society (2016).
”The Thief” – large serigraphy print for the Tempora Mutantur international exhibition of Kutikuti contemporary comics association (2016). Buy it from me or at Tabulaland.
Info comics of young asylum seekers for European Youth Forum (2016). Read it here.