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Samuli Saarinen: Illustration for a book on finnish design (2013)

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Illustration: Magic creatures from the world of graphic designer Samuli Saarinen

We at It’s Nice That are big fans of moonlighters. Did you know that Ryan Gosling moonlights in a band called Dead Man’s Bones and Erykah Badu is also a midwife? Anyway, Samuli Saarinen is a moonlighter which basically means his website indicates he’s a graphic designer but it transpires he’s actually a very talented illustrator. Enter through the dark doorway to his Flickr account via his main site and be welcomed into a world of funny, sometimes manic, very impressive illustration. Mystic creatures, red-nosed businessmen, aliens and well-composed squiggles make for a really enjoyable bunch of work. Nay bad for someone still studying their degree!

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Samuli Saarinen: Illustration for a book on finnish design (2013)

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Samuli Saarinen: Illustration for a book on finnish design (2013)

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Samuli Saarinen: Illustration for a book on finnish design (2013)

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Samuli Saarinen: Illustration for Ylioppilaslehti (2013)

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Samuli Saarinen: Illustration for Ylioppilaslehti (2013)

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Samuli Saarinen: Illustration for FLOW magazine (2013)

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Samuli Saarinen: Illustration for Voima (2013)

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Samuli Saarinen: Tokyon Joulumyyjäiset

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Samuli Saarinen: Steiner ja Snellman kättelevät humanoidia

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Samuli Saarinen: Hässäkkä

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Samuli Saarinen: Kävelyllä viivan kanssa

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Samuli Saarinen: Möykkyukkeli

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Samuli Saarinen: Önniäinen 4

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Samuli Saarinen: Önniäinen 3