ABOUT MIRKA HOKKANEN

  • Animal characters are my favorite thing to draw. I can work in a variety of media and have an MFA with a concentration in Printmaking from University of Dallas (2006). See my portfolio (or website mirkah.com/illustration). 

    I’m originally from Finland and currently live in Hawaii, with my family which includes a husband, 3 kids, a dog and a cat. I work as a freelance illustrator, artist, teacher, designer and author. I’m also the Hawaii chapter Illustrator Coordinator. 
    My first book Four Otters Toboggan: An Animal Counting Book (Author Vivian Kirkfield), came out with Pomegranate in 2019, and second book Harmony Humbolt – Perfect Pets Queen (Author Jenna Grodzicki), comes out in 2021 with Clear Fork Publishing.  
    I am currently looking for agents to work with. 

ARTIST STATEMENT

  • I love to work with animal characters, and like to add a hint of humor when ever possible. My style is representational, and ranges from traditional media to digital to linocuts and wood engravings. My head is always bubbling with ideas, and I choose the media and style that best fits the project that I’m working on. 

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