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Character Design for KVS

The Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation - KVS - asked me to design characters for their online schools Kulkurikoulu and Nomadskolan.

Kulkurikoulu (found here) is a school in Finnish language for Finnish children living abroad. There is an odd old Finnish saying "oma maa mansikka, muu maa mustikka" - "homeland is a strawberry, other countries are blueberries", and I based my characters on that.

Nomadskolan (check it out) is an also an internet school for Finnish children living abroad. It's like Kulkurikoulu, only for Swedish speaking Finnish people (Finland has two official languages). Blueberry is a common berry in Finnish forests, and so here a very Finnish blueberry is investigating a quite exotic coconut: