Monki

Santtu creates nature-inspired campaign artwork for Scandinavian fashion brand, Monki.

Monki

Santtu creates nature-inspired campaign artwork for Scandinavian fashion brand, Monki.

Monki

Santtu creates nature-inspired campaign artwork for Scandinavian fashion brand, Monki.

BAM Karen Gala

Santtu creates celebratory artwork for the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Karen Gala.

Beyonderground

Poster illustration created for Beyonderground Festival, an annual event celebrating graphic artists with roots in Belgium and Finland.

Brain Magazine

Santtu creates cover artwork for Japanese publication, Brain Magazine.

Metamorphosis

Santtu collaborates with Hisham Akira Bharoocha to create a 40-foot long floating art installation for the House of Vans 'Metamorphosis' interactive art event. Animations designed in collaboration with Dave & Gabe.

Metamorphosis

Santtu collaborates with Hisham Akira Bharoocha to create a 40-foot long floating art installation for the House of Vans 'Metamorphosis' interactive art event. Animations designed in collaboration with Dave & Gabe.

Dream 3

Sleeve artwork by for Max Richter's track 'Dream 3'. Created for Secret7s — a fundraising project combining music and art for a good cause.

Flow Festival 2013

Inspired by organic patterns, natural science, 3D design and moving image, Santtu creates visually arresting artwork for Flow Festival, 2013.

Flow Festival 2013

Inspired by organic patterns, natural science, 3D design and moving image, Santtu creates visually arresting artwork for Flow Festival, 2013.

Flow Festival 2013

Inspired by organic patterns, natural science, 3D design and moving image, Santtu creates visually arresting artwork for Flow Festival, 2013.

Flow Festival 2013

Inspired by organic patterns, natural science, 3D design and moving image, Santtu creates visually arresting artwork for Flow Festival, 2013.

Flow Festival 2013

Inspired by organic patterns, natural science, 3D design and moving image, Santtu creates visually arresting artwork for Flow Festival, 2013.

Digital Bang

Editorial illustration to accompany an article entitled 'The Big Bang of Social Networking'. Created for The New York Times.

Spacefood

Exploring the themes of space and food, Santtu creates an editorial illustration for Leon Magazine.

The Landfill

Animation showcasing a stirring collection of unused sketches, leftover drawings and rejected ideas from forgotten projects. Sound by Tuomas Alatalo.

Digitized Artifact

Exploring modern crafting methods such as digitization and 3D printing, Santtu abstractly recreates a rusty screwdriver for Tooled Up, a group exhibition celebrating creativity, craft, inspiration and skill. As part of the 2014 London Design Festival, Art & Graft invited prolific artists, illustrators and designers to take a recognizable tool of craft and transform it into a unique form. Photography by John Hooper.

Tumblr

Santtu creates a botanical illustration for a Tumblr t-shirt.

PLAC

Contemporary pattern for Korean street wear label, Plac Jeans.

PLAC

Contemporary pattern for Korean street wear label, Plac Jeans. The pattern was applied to an exclusive apparel and accessory collection.

PLAC

Contemporary pattern for Korean street wear label, Plac Jeans. The pattern was applied to an exclusive apparel and accessory collection.

PLAC

Contemporary pattern for Korean street wear label, Plac Jeans. The pattern was applied to an exclusive apparel and accessory collection.

PLAC

Contemporary pattern for Korean street wear label, Plac Jeans. The pattern was applied to an exclusive apparel and accessory collection.

PLAC

Contemporary pattern for Korean street wear label, Plac Jeans. The pattern was applied to an exclusive apparel and accessory collection.

Kiblind Magazine

Cover design for French arts and culture publication, Kiblind Magazine.

The New York Times

Santtu illustrates for the The New York Times Sunday Review. The artwork accompanies an article exploring Facebook's attempt to monopolize web connectivity.

Santtu for Granta

Vibrant colors and fluid forms collide in Santtu's cover art for UK publisher, Granta.

Santtu for Granta

Vibrant colors and fluid forms collide in Santtu's cover art for UK publisher, Granta.

Number Seven

A typographic treatment of the number Seven for a private commission.

Wired November 2013

Eye-catching illustration and animation for WIRED Magazine, Issue 2111. Sound composition by Tuomas Alatalo.

2015 Oscars

Santtu creates artwork for the 2015 Oscars 'Artist Series' campaign. Commissioned by the Academy of Motion Pictures.

Zeit Magazin

Vivid editorial illustrations for German design magazine, Zeit. The issue is entitled "Ein Designheft über Farben" (A Design Booklet about Colors.)

Zeit Magazin

Vivid editorial illustrations for German design magazine, Zeit. The issue is entitled "Ein Designheft über Farben" (A Design Booklet about Colors.)

Lustful Recollection

Kinetic illustration exploring the theme of memory.

Intro Magazin

Santtu creates cover art for Intro Magazin — for a special Finnish music feature.

Music Finland - AUSF

Animation created for Music Finland. AUSF (Aus Finnland) is a project with a focus on promoting music and musicians in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.

Music Finland - AUSF

Campaign artwork created for Music Finland. AUSF (Aus Finnland) is a project with a focus on promoting music and musicians in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.

Microsoft

Animation created for a pop up art exhibition in London. Commissioned by Microsoft.

Microsoft

Animation created for a pop up art exhibition in London. Commissioned by Microsoft.

Architecture In Helsinki

Artwork for Australian indie pop band Architecture In Helsinki's single, "Dream a Little Crazy," off their latest album NOW + 4EVA.

Architecture in Helsinki

Artwork for Australian indie pop band Architecture In Helsinki's single, "In The Future," off their latest album NOW + 4EVA.

Architecture In Helsinki

Artwork for Australian indie pop band Architecture In Helsinki's latest album, NOW + 4EVA.

Dead Flowers

Sleeve artwork for The Rolling Stones' track, Dead Flowers. Created for the Secret 7" 2015 event, exhibited at Somerset House in London.

Reflections

Sleeve artwork for the Diana Ross & The Supremes' track, Reflections. Created for the Secret 7" 2015 event, exhibited at Somerset House in London.

Secret 7"

Cover for T-Rex's single "Get it On," in participation with Secret 7", a fundraising project combining music and art for a good cause. Hundreds of creatives are invited to create a one off 7" vinyl sleeve with a secret track. All proceeds goes to charity.

Secret 7"

Cover for Lorde's single "Team," in participation with Secret 7", a fundraising project combining music and art for a good cause. Hundreds of creatives are invited to create a one off 7" vinyl sleeve with a secret track. All proceeds goes to charity.

Secret 7"

Painterly album artwork for Nick Drake's song "Rider on the Wheel." Created for Secret 7", a fundraising project combining music and art for a good cause. Hundreds of creatives are invited to create a one off 7" vinyl sleeve with a secret track. All proceeds goes to charity.

A Cloud

It was all about bad weather. A Cloud is one of three pieces that appeared as a lenticular print in the Design Museum of Helsinki's exhibition, Don't Shoot the Messenger. The exhibition addressed contemporary phenomena and challenges in graphic design, from the perspectives of Finnish and international designers.

Siam Center

Campaign illustration for the iconic Siam Center, Bangkok's first modern shopping mall. Art direction and identity design by 2x4. Photography by Daniel Jackson.

Siam Center

Campaign illustration for the iconic Siam Center, Bangkok's first modern shopping mall. Art direction and identity design by 2x4. Photography by Daniel Jackson.

January is the Cruelest Month

Candy-colored objects float seamlessly in this animation for a review article, published in The New York Times Sunday feature.

Capsule 2013

Santtu created the brand theme for Capsule's 2013 NYC show. Capsule is a fashion event that features an international array of the industry's sought after menswear and womenswear designers. Produced by BPMW, the trade show takes place seasonally in New York, Paris, Berlin and Las Vegas.

Capsule 2013

Santtu created the brand theme for Capsule's 2013 NYC show. Capsule is a fashion event that features an international array of the industry's sought after menswear and womenswear designers. Produced by BPMW, the trade show takes place seasonally in New York, Paris, Berlin and Las Vegas.

Explosion

Santtu illustrates a confetti-like pattern, as part of a personal project.

Santtu Mustonen for The Fader x (RED)

Illustration for (RED)'s campaign “The AIDS Free Generation is Due in 2015,” published in The Fader magazine.

Hot Wet Summer Night

Artwork created for the exhibition, Pekka of Finland - Contemporary Illustration from the Land of Booze and Blondes, held at the Sredets Gallery.

Shine 2009 - So Free

Santtu illustrates dynamic textures with a sophisticated color palette, for releases by Shine 2009.

Hugo & Marie x The Wooly

Created as part of the Hugo & Marie x The Wooly artist card series, inspired by NYC.

Art21

Editorial illustration for the column "Praxis Makes Perfect", published by Art21 Magazine, an online space for insightful writing on contemporary art and artists.

Pattern

A spirited textile pattern created for youthful Finnish designer, Minni f. Ronya.

Minni f. Ronya

A spirited textile pattern for youthful Finnish designer, Minni f. Ronya.

Minni f. Ronya

A spirited textile pattern for youthful Finnish designer, Minni f. Ronya.

Flow Festival 2011

Santtu mixes analogue techniques with Photoshop and 3D programmes to create smooth artwork for Flow Festival, 2011. Visual identity by TSTO agency.

Flow Festival 2011

Santtu mixes analogue techniques with Photoshop and 3D programmes to create smooth artwork for Flow Festival, 2011. Visual identity by TSTO agency.

Flow Festival 2011

Santtu mixes analogue techniques with Photoshop and 3D programmes to create smooth artwork for Flow Festival, 2011. Visual identity by TSTO agency.

Flow Festival 2011

Santtu mixes analogue techniques with Photoshop and 3D programmes to create smooth artwork for Flow Festival, 2011. Visual identity by TSTO agency.

Flow Festival 2011

Santtu mixes analogue techniques with Photoshop and 3D programmes to create smooth artwork for Flow Festival, 2011. Visual identity by TSTO agency.

Flow Festival 2011

Santtu mixes analogue techniques with Photoshop and 3D programmes to create smooth artwork for Flow Festival, 2011. Visual identity by TSTO agency.

Flow Festival 2011

Santtu mixes analogue techniques with Photoshop and 3D programmes to create smooth artwork for Flow Festival, 2011. Visual identity by TSTO agency.

Flow Festival 2011

Santtu mixes analogue techniques with Photoshop and 3D programmes to create smooth artwork for Flow Festival, 2011. Visual identity by TSTO agency.

Flow Festival 2011

Santtu mixes analogue techniques with Photoshop and 3D programmes to create smooth artwork for Flow Festival, 2011. Visual identity by TSTO agency.

Flow Festival 2011

Santtu mixes analogue techniques with Photoshop and 3D programmes to create smooth artwork for Flow Festival, 2011. Visual identity by TSTO agency.

Hurricane Lamp

Abstract and painterly illustration for German magazine, Super Paper.

Black and White Explosion

An explosive animation created for The New York Times.

Flowers

Personal animation project. Santtu creates organic patterns and movement, combined with hand-crafted and analog textures in a three-dimensional computer-based space.

Writing My Name

Graffiti inspired print, created for a group exhibition at Make Your Mark Gallery, Helsinki.

Spaghetti

Graffiti inspired print, created for a group exhibition at Make Your Mark Gallery, Helsinki.

Hall of Fame

Graffiti inspired print, created for a group exhibition at Make Your Mark Gallery, Helsinki.

World Design Capital Helsinki Launch

Projection mapping for the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 launch party.

The Caravaners

Album artwork for The Caravaners' digital single release. The band's music is inspired by garage rock, americana, noise guitars, dream pop, dancing, dirt and beauty.

The Caravaners

Album artwork for The Caravaners' digital single release. The band's music is inspired by garage rock, americana, noise guitars, dream pop, dancing, dirt and beauty.

Wired

Editorial illustration and animation created for the print and iPad versions of Wired Magazine.

Bike

Personal animation project. Santtu creates a surrealistic composition featuring a bike in a state of disrepair.

The Caravaners - Spring

Album artwork for The Caravaners. The band's music is inspired by garage rock, americana, noise guitars, dream pop, dancing, dirt and beauty.

The Caravaners - Spring

Album artwork for The Caravaners. The band's music is inspired by garage rock, americana, noise guitars, dream pop, dancing, dirt and beauty.

Ghost

Personal illustration. Santtu creates organic patterns and movement, combined with hand-crafted and analog textures in a three-dimensional, computer-based space.

Shine 2009 - Realism

Santtu illustrates dynamic textures with a sophisticated color palette for releases by Shine 2009.

Shine 2009 - Realism

Santtu illustrates dynamic textures with a sophisticated color palette for releases by Shine 2009.

Stone

Abstract and painterly illustration for German magazine, Super Paper.

The Caravaners - Spring

Album artwork for The Caravaners. The band's music is inspired by garage rock, americana, noise guitars, dream pop, dancing, dirt and beauty.

IOM

Pattern for the international project entitled "New Models for Integration and Prevention of Exclusion: Empowering Migrant Youth."

Ribbons

Personal illustration. Santtu creates organic patterns and movement, combined with hand-crafted and analog textures in a three-dimensional, computer-based space.

Flow Festival

Santtu mixes analogue techniques with Photoshop and 3D programmes to create smooth artwork for Flow Festival, 2011. Visual identity by TSTO agency.

Converse

Disruptive art created for a Converse x INT Works zine collaboration.

Rewire your Brain

Artwork featured in a presentation by Aalto University Executive Education, applying the findings of neuroscience to the art of leadership.

Flow Festival 2011

Santtu mixes analogue techniques with Photoshop and 3D programmes to create smooth artwork for Flow Festival, 2011. Visual identity by TSTO agency.

Flow Festival 2011

Santtu mixes analogue techniques with Photoshop and 3D programmes to create smooth artwork for Flow Festival, 2011. Visual identity by TSTO agency.

Husky Rescue

Painterly album artwork for Husky Rescue, a Finnish electronic music band from Helsinki.

Sappi McCoy

A series of patterns for a set of promotional swatchbooks, commissioned by Sappi Digital Papers. Directed by creative agency, 50k.

Sappi McCoy

A series of patterns for a set of promotional swatchbooks, commissioned by Sappi Digital Papers. Directed by creative agency, 50k.

Sappi McCoy

A series of patterns for a set of promotional swatchbooks, commissioned by Sappi Digital Papers. Directed by creative agency, 50k.

About

Santtu Mustonen is a Finnish illustrator living and working in New York City. Organic patterns, natural science and movement inspire his work, which combines handcrafted and analog textures in a digital space. He animates various textures and visual imagery by using a three-dimensional modeling program to alter the space and sense of motion within his dynamic illustrations. Santtu’s clients include Nike, Architecture for Helsinki, Zeit Magazin, PLAC Jeans, Converse, Granta Books, Husky Rescue, Wired Magazine, Flow Festival, (Capsule), The Red Bull Music Academy, and The New York Times.

Exhibitions

Santtu’s work has been exhibited throughout Europe including at Make Your Mark gallery, G6 poster exhibition, and the 140th anniversary exhibition of the University of Art and Design Helsinki in Helsinki, Pekka of Finland group exhibition for Dutch Design Week in the Netherlands and for Recyclart Art Center in Brussels, and Illustrative Festival in Berlin.

Publications

Santtu has been featured in numerous publications including Computer Arts Collection Publication, Sight Unseen Paper View, Viewpoint Trend Forecasting magazine, and Super Paper.