Tove Jansson (9 August 1914 - 27 June 2001), author, painter, illustrator. Although mostly known for her comic strips and children’s books about the Moomins (white roundish troll creatures), she considered herself a more serious artist first and foremost.
The Moomins gained more and more popularity, eventually becoming an entire franchise with tv series, toys and theme parks. The books meanwhile grew darker and more melancholy.
Jansson ultimately grew tired of her little trolls and started focusing entirely on her paintings and writings for adults.
Ink, watercolours and markers.
Update: So this piece is getting quite a bit of attention all of a sudden. Thanks, people! It’s very much appreciated. Would Tove feel the same I wonder?
if you hear that someone has been an asshole to several of your friends and you still like them because they haven’t ‘done anything wrong’ to you specifically then you’re an asshole