Helsinki, Finland 1979. The land of Death Metal, Troll Monsters, and…Illustrators?
That’s right! You read correctly! Finland is now producing illustrators! So grab your Darker than Death eyeliner and prepare to have your mind blown by these spectacular book cover designs by Pietari Posti:
Right off the oldÂ PesÃ¤pallo Bat, you can tell there is something special about his work.
Pietari Posti uses simple geometric shapes and lines to create contrast and evoke a sense of movement and depth.
Here we see the use of simple shapes and lines to create the scene, giving the illusion of a puddle in this cover. The brilliance of the design is, are you the girl looking down? Or are we looking through the puddle at the girl.
Another very interesting cover, the closer you look at this cover the more details appear.
Just another great great cover. If you cannot already tell by now, Posti uses many of the same colors over and over again. Reds, Blues, Blacks, and Whites. While the color combinations are simple, they really give expression to the setting and mood. They create a sense of time, a sense of being. A lot of what we see in the world is based on shades, and I find the shades Posti uses often remind me of how memories tend to look and feel.
These next few illustrations have a great sort of story to them, you can really feel the authors intent.
The images have a real sense of motion and depth almost like a collage.
There can Â be seen an essence of emotion Â within these images that is both expressive and introspective.
Although not a book cover, I could not let this next design go by untouched. It is absolutely fantastic, and I think you will love it too!
These bookmarks are great! I found this to be an absolutely brilliant way to display the nature of a book (in this case Moby Dick). Here are what the bookmarks look like outside of a book (in case you were just wondering).
As you can see they are fully fleshed out, and look absolutely great!
About The Artist
Pietari Posti was born in Helsinki, Finland, in 1979. Â After graduating from Lahti Polytechnic with a BA in Graphic Design in 2005, Pietari moved to Barcelona where he has been pursuing a career as a professional illustrator ever since. Pietari has had been in many exhibitions all over the worldÂ including “Exploring the Lost â€œArtâ€ of the Film Poster in Cosh Gallery London” in 2008. Pietariâ€™s work has been featured in the 3×3 Professional Illustration Annual, PRINT Magazine European Design Annual and American Illustration 27 & 28. Â Posti’s work has been published in numerous international publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Wired Magazine and Paste Magazine. His work is often credited with being “expressive, yet tranquil” and has been utilized in advertising, merchandise and apparel such as T-shirts, wallets and furniture. If you want my advice, I really recommend checking out his shop.
If you would like to learn even more about Pietari Posti, please visit his website or follow him onÂ tumblr (I know I will)!