Ville Savimaa is an illustrator and graphic designer. He has been working as an illustrator since 2005. Ville has a background in advertising, but nowadays he works full-time as a freelancer.
Ville sketches his illustrations by hand and finishes them in Photoshop. Mostly he likes to draw somekind of characters in mystic athmospheres. His illustrations were featured in last years Pingstate book.
Ville's clients include: King Finland, Publicis Helsinki, Misc Management, Supplement Facts Records and Tulva Magazine. Currently he works at his home studio in Helsinki. Ville is represented by illustration agency Pekka.
How would you describe your personal style?
The heart of my style consists from mystic characters and world around them. Either in colors or grayscale, it doesn't matter so much.
When you were a child, did you want to become an illustrator?
No. I wanted to be a pilot or truck driver. Quite normal futureplans for a boychild.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
From wild places. Usually these places have elements that human cant build or understund so well, like stormy sea. Also music inspires me a lot.
Could you describe your working process?
First I start to draw with regular pen to a paper. For me it's best way to find my personal lines. I finalize my images with Illustrator and Photoshop.
What would be the ideal working setup for you?
Ideal studio would be old penthouse with beautiful oceanview. Also a wooden floor and fireplace should be there and large drawing table with enough light. Of course one Apple, scanner and printer at the corner and lot of good music.
What do you love the most about your life as an illustrator?
Freedom to do work whenever I feel like. I hate nine to five rhythm.
If you had to do something totally different for living, what would it be?
Something physichal. Runner or road maker. One option could also be chef.
What kind of music do you listen while working?
Folk, Cornelius style of electro or melancholic pop.
If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?
At the middle of route 66.
Who are you all-time favorite artists?
Harry Clarke and Picasso.
Who has been the most inspiring non-artistic person for you?
My grandmother and grandfather, Helmi and Reino.
What is the most bizarre dream you ever had?
Can't say just one. The thing that makes my dreams bizarre is that familiar places have turned out something totally weird.
If you could meet any great name from known human history, who would it be?
One of Pharaos. Anyone of them.