© Jirka Vinse Jonatan Väätäinen
Native Finn – Multifaceted Designer – 1st Class BA (Hons) Graphic Design Graduate
Currently based in Helsinki, Finland

And no, it’s not Jerk-a. It’s Yirka.



188 Responses to “About”

  1. Doris Says:

    Why are you so awesome? More pictures of you being cool, please? (:

  2. Your work is absolutely stunning! I really… just don’t have any words for how awe-inspired I am right now. Good luck in everything you do; you’re going to go very far! 🙂

  3. Viktor Larsson Says:

    Love your work. Go Nordics!

  4. Fran Says:

    Terve! Very good designs

  5. Awesome portfolio.


  6. well done Says:

    Hei! I stumbled upon your work on a blog that had your Disney pictures… and, when I saw your name, figured that you’re Finnish. In any case, good work! 🙂

  7. Dena Says:

    LOVE your work! Would be interested in seeing what Anastasia from Disney would look like. 🙂

  8. Your work is stunning. I love the Disney Princesses, which is how I discovered you and your blog, but I also am enjoying looking through your portfolio. You’re incredible talented and I can see that you have a future career. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  9. Salva Says:

    I’m from Spain, and I found this blog messin’ around the web.
    You make a great work, your photos and logos are awesome.
    No kidding.

  10. Foxytemptations@deviantart.com Says:

    I followed you here from an article i saw on yahoo news
    I adore your disney works and would love to see before and afters either way amazing work ❤

  11. Rose Mabrey Says:

    I just found your work and its gorgeous! I am a huge disney fan and loooove how you did the Disney Princesses. They are wonderful! You have a great talent!

  12. Hello, my name is Esperanza… I found your work on yahoo and absolutely fell inlove with your work. I was wondering if you can send me prices and info on it. Please let me know.
    Thank you soo much

  13. Corri Byrne Says:

    Mate, I reckon we’ll see much more of your work in the future 🙂 Guessing you’ll get snapped up very soon.

  14. Teresa Says:

    Your work is extraordinary. I know the cost for you to design a logo is pricey and rightly so. Can’t wait to see other princesses such as Tiana and Rapunzel along with maybe some (or even all of them and their friends) of the Disney Faires.

  15. Rachel Jean Says:

    How would you pronounce your last name? =] and wow you’re from Finland! that’s cool! do you know this Finnish artist, Jo Stance? for the first time, i listened to a Finnish artist and now I’m look at artwork made by a Finnish artist!

  16. Rachel Jean Says:

    please please PLEASE make some more real-life Disney Princesses! 😀

  17. I really love your work especially the pics of the disney princess..keep up the good work!!

  18. AJ Says:

    Hello! I just wanted to say your Disney works are amazing! 😀 And I wanted to know if it would be alright to share them on my blog with proper credit to you of course?

  19. Jonathan Says:

    Whoa you’re talented and hot!!!

  20. TheBlackTwig Says:

    Hi! I saw your interpretation of Disney princesses on yahoo! and they are awesome. My fave princess is Jasmine and you nailed it! I love it. Thank you for doing and sharing that. Keep it up!

  21. […] designer e fotógrafo finlandês Jirka Vinse Jonatan Väätäinen (desafio você pronunciar isso corretamente) vem atraindo bastante atenção com sua série de […]

  22. Dawnie Says:

    Hi Jirka,

    I saw your work on Yahoo! UK and I have to say it is absolutely outstanding, incredibly talented stuff, please keep it up and good luck with your studies. Would love to tweet about your blog if that’s OK?

  23. Desiree Says:

    WOW you do amazingly beautiful work! You are so extremely talented and I wish you the best of luck with all your schooling. I can’t wait to see what you come out with next.
    Cinderella was always my favorite 🙂 but I love your Ursula and Disney does have stunning villains that are ladies, I would love to see your darker side 🙂 Keep it coming!!!

  24. Yasmine Says:

    Wow! I am so glad I clicked that link that my friend posted on FB about the post on Yahoo! You are super talented! I saw another artist do Disney “princes” and it was a little uhmmm risque. It is nice to see that someone has done the Disney princesses. Jasmine is absolutely stunning. Your work is inspiring (that elk logo is pretty cool!). If I had the motivation, I’d get back into graphic design.

  25. hi! I just saw that U love designing LOGOS? Uhm can u make one logo for me? I guess U’re talented for that here’s my personal blog: http://www.hausofdennlevy.tumblr.com/ you can have some ideas there.. 🙂

  26. […] Meet Jirka Väätäinen, a native of Finland as well as a graphic arts student at the Arts University College at Bournemouth in the United Kingdom. In an interview with Joanna Douglas from Shine from Yahoo, Jirka says, I’ve always been interested in the way people look and what makes them unique in their appearances. This was a personal challenge for me to see if I could recreate characters that we all know and love, and try to maintain their unique features. The end results are what I would imagine the characters to look like in ‘real life,’ while still staying somewhat true to the unrealistic quirks in their original character designs. […]

  27. Gulsher Khan Says:

    Hi Dear, I read about your work on Yahoo!
    Its really a very creative idea and very amazing piece of work.
    I greatly appreciate your great work.
    If I want to touch you through email, is it possible for you to reply me on email?

  28. Ketil Says:

    Jirka, great work! It’s very nice to see those familiar characters (I have 2 daughters) in a realistic rendition. Would love to see more of them, although I imagine your last year at uni will be pretty busy.

    There are so many characters to choose from, and I guess everyone has their favourites. I know a lot of people would greatly appreciate you continuing these works. Maybe you can get a deal with Disney and actually get paid for it 😉

  29. […] desenhos desse post são uma resposta do Jirka Vinse a essa […]

  30. I found your blog through my friend who told me about the Disney princesses and I was looking through it and just wanted to say how much I liked your Bauhaus cover design.

  31. Julia Says:

    I’ve just read an article about “your” princesses on Yahoo and wooow, your work is amazing! I love it!!

  32. […] finlandês Jinka Vinse Jonatan, estudante de design gráfico na Arts University College de Burnemouth, é o responsável por estes […]

  33. love ur work !
    shaymaa- Egypt

  34. […] Jirka é um jovem estudante de design gráfico na Universidade de Artes em Bournemout, e um artista e tanto! É dele a mais nova versão das Princesas da Disney:  “na vida real”, ou melhor: em arte realística. […]

  35. Great work. I was very impressed by most of it and I am a science student (nothing art about me). Do you have a FB page that I could follow?

    Love from Canada

  36. […] Jirka Vinse Jonatan Väätäinen é uno studente finlandese di graphic design alla Arts University College (Bournemouth, UK). E quindi chiederanno i più?! E quindi lo segnalo perché nel suo blog sta portando avanti un davvero interessante lavoro : attraverso la manipolazione delle foto riece a “portare in vita” i personaggi femminili Disney! E devo dire che il risultato è stupefacente! Ecco a voi come Ceneretola sarebbe nel mondo reale! […]

  37. Bex Says:

    Please Please Please Please make more Disney princesses! They are truly amazing I absolutely love them! Maybe making princesses in their classic dresses would be very interesting or the princesses with their princes. Also make and Ariel! She’s the only one missing!!!

    • jirkavinse Says:

      Glad you like them! I haven’t got many princesses left to make… Ariel was my first “princess” so you should be able to find her if you browse a bit more 🙂 But unfortunately I wont be making the princesses in their classic gowns I am afraid… and I don’t think I will be doing the princes either. Thanks for the suggestions though 🙂

  38. Bp. Says:

    Ohmyg. Just like others are your inspiration, you are one of mine. I am a student working up to beyond the level of Graphic Design and Motion Graphics. I love your work! Keep working hard sir, its all just amazing.

  39. Naiia Lajoie Says:

    Just wanted to say that your work is brilliant! Thank you for bringing a smile to the inner Disney Princess in me! 😉 But also, your design & photography is pretty great too. Keep it up!

  40. Bob Paulson Says:

    found an article about princessess in russian web

  41. Christi Says:

    I was wondering if you can get prints of the princesses and how much they would cost.

  42. Rina Says:

    Hi there. I have always appreciated creative photography work. I really like your interpretation of real life Disney princesses. I’m waiting for your interpretation of Aurora (Sleeping Beauty). Also, I love the Pocahontas picture the best – is the lady portraying Pocahontas a true Native Indian because she looks like she is a mixture of Japanese and another race. Just curious. It’s all good. I would love to visit your part of the world. Best wishes as you continue your work – you may have an interesting career ahead of you.

    • jirkavinse Says:

      Hi! Thanks, I’m glad you like my work. You should be able to find my interpretation of Aurora on this blog already. I have used elements from various different people to come up with my version of Pocahontas. So basically it is a mixture of different races 🙂

  43. DreamDisneyDreams Says:

    I love your Disney princesses art! ❤
    Can you please draw more Disney heroines? 😀

  44. Jamie Says:

    I know you said that you aren’t selling prints of the Disney princesses at the moment, but you should definitely consider it in the future! I’d love to have them all hanging on my wall.

  45. tooztoozTooz Says:

    I love your work! Keep it up!! 🙂

  46. yana Says:

    Autumn beautiful works!
    Whether there is here a similarity?

  47. Your work is really lovely! I stumbled across it on tumblr and was pleasantly surprised to find you’re at AUC Bournemouth as that’s one of the two options I have for studying abroad next fall. Small world, eh? Keep up the good work!

  48. I found your blog via tumblr… I have to say I’m amazed by your designs and photography skills! I loved what you did the Bauhaus assignment—I’m an architecture student and what you did with the card deck was GENIUS. Keep up the amazing work.

    Greetings from Venezuela.

  49. Andreea Says:

    What do you consider your art style? I find your art pieces wonderful, real and magical.

  50. S-J Earles Says:

    Hi – I’m glad you took the time to make a recreation of Princess Tiana. Good job.

  51. Andi Lynn Says:

    I love this stuff. Good work and keep posting. Your photos are wonderful.

  52. Johanna Says:


    Yahoo USA:n etusivulta 🙂 Onnea!
    terv. toinen graafisen suunnittelun opiskelija espanjasta

  53. Vivan Says:


    I was wondering… do you have a deviantArt.com page?

    Hyvää Uutta Vuotta!

    • jirkavinse Says:

      Terve! Yep, jirkavinse on deviantArt (though I am rather unactive there…) Happy New Year to you too!

      • Vivan Says:

        Kiitos. 🙂 I see. That’s ok. I see that you have your Disney Princesses on there, too. That’s cool. Do you think you can draw a “Real Life” Kida from Atlantis: The Lost Empire sometime, please? That would be neat to see how that would look.

        Thanks again,

  54. m o k a Says:


  55. Great work on the Disney Princesses! 🙂 Kudos! 🙂 I love it! 🙂

  56. JXG Says:

    I love your Disney princesses series – any chance you can do the Disney princes? Thanks for the great work.

  57. Stephy Says:

    Your work is absolutely lovely 🙂 I’ve definitely bookmarked your wordpress and hope to see more!
    I hope to go to Finland one day too ^_^
    Keep up with the amazing pieces!

  58. regionmx Says:

    Your work has been featured here

  59. RanuJanu Says:

    I am pleased to nominate you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Please check out post http://wp.me/p1jneq-zr

  60. Jirka, you are fantastic!!

  61. Amy Powell Says:

    hey, im studying fairytales in my art gcse and came across your disney princesses and now they are my inspiration for my final project! a m a z i n g work, truly just wow!!!!

  62. […] este post de um amigo e não poderia deixar de compartilhar aqui no blog.  O artista  Jirka Vinse trabalhou em alguns personagens disney para torná-los reais. Com um pouco de photoshop e muita […]

  63. carol'ann Says:

    Gosh, I look at your art and I am just… submerged.

  64. Naomi Says:

    Hey, I was just wondering if you used photographs for your disney princesses?
    And also, would you mind if I used your work as part of a research page in my sketchbook for my art A level? You wuld be credited of course.
    Thanks, i really love your work :’)

  65. Psyche Says:

    I thought you’re a girl, lol… And your works are very awesome!! I like them so much^_________^

  66. Marlene Says:

    Te felicito por tu trabajo.. es fascinante.. tenes un don.. y comparto tu gusto por la fotografía.. suerte y éxitos en tus futuros proyectos 🙂

  67. Shakira Schaffenberg Says:

    Looking at your Disney princess portraits take me back to my childhood. I used to imagine what they would look like in real life. They are BEAUTIFUL. You are a fantastic artist. Keep up the good work.

  68. Tsveti Says:

    Hi there,
    I didn’t that people can manipulate pictures on such a high level! So thank u for showing me (and not only me, of course) this new universe. I was really impressed how u put a girl’s face and hair over the statue, maybe because my work has to do with statues, and if I was so good with Photoshop, one of my projects would have been far, far more impressing. Well, at least, now I know of new possibilities. So, thank u 🙂

    p.s. I also like the Disney princesses. Marvelous! But my favorite princess is not from Disney – it’s Princess Anastasia. Do u like her?

    take care 🙂

  69. Carley Says:


    my absolute favorite princess is Kida from “Atlantis The Lost Empire. ” In the film she seems to almost have dread locks. I dont know what your plan is for your princess collection, but if you ever planned on doing the more obscure individuals not as commonly mentioned in the disney princess line up it would be great to see her.

    love our work!!!

  70. courtneyR Says:

    Honestly i dont like mostly any art or anything like that its just boring to me…. but your photos of those princesses are AMAZING really there beautiful! The best ones i have ever seen…could you make more of them?…keep up the Great work and you will go far…i no you will.

  71. Marie Says:

    Hey! Can I make some suggestions for princesses you might like to paint? Here is a list of some that i haven’t seen on your website:
    1.Merida (from the new movie Brave)
    2.Tiger Lily (from Peter Pan)
    3.Tinker Bell (from Peter Pan)
    4.Kidagakash (from Atlantis: the Lost Empire)
    5.Eilonwy (from the Black Cauldron)
    6.Anastasia (from the movie Anastasia)

    Just trying to help! 😉

  72. Sarena Watts Says:

    Hello. How would I go about getting some of your beautiful work. I would much rather have your version of Disney Princesses hanging on my daughter’s wall.

    • jirkavinse Says:

      Hi there. Unfortunately I am not providing prints of these at the moment. I am sorry! This because I’m not sure whether I could get into trouble with breaching copyright, since these are heavily influenced by the Disney brand. Thanks for taking the time to comment though 🙂

  73. mika Says:

    Your work is beautiful,You are going to go places.Very talented and please make a design with Ariel from the little mermaid.Never give up on being creative. : }

  74. Tanja Says:

    Yeer-ka” with a rolled R. Haven’t heard this name yet, but it’s great! Onnittelut saavutuksistasi!

  75. Roychelle Says:

    He can even levitate? Damn, this dude is kool.

  76. Jenn Says:

    Your talent is amazing! I love the Disney Princesses, my 2 young daughters love to look, too! Congratulations on your success, and best of luck in the future.

  77. Merwin M. Says:

    Hey I saw the post about you on the Yahoo News feed. Congrats and keep up the good work!

  78. donna Says:

    hi your blog is so nice… and i was so enchanted especially when i saw your article about disney characters since i am also a huge fan of them.

    if only i can ask a favor 🙂 wink……!

  79. Rica Says:

    You’re a guy?! HAHA. NICE.

  80. ariane Says:

    i love cartoons.. i love your photos. you are aaawweesooomee! 🙂

  81. :)) Says:

    Oletko sinä mahdollisesti se Jirka, joka teki joskus the simssiin niitä skinejä jne? Olet todella lahjakas!:)

  82. Ayn Says:

    I kept on reading the comments on top and this will just reiterate again what has been said, but it’s alright. I still have to say that you are just a really good artist! 🙂

    Thank you for sharing your works to everyone of us. 🙂

  83. Anggi Says:

    hi Jirka, nice blog
    I’m Anggi, from Indonesia

  84. tiezzt Says:

    wow.. it’s beautiful work.. 🙂

  85. dila rizvina Says:


  86. ririarmen Says:

    wow..you’re amazing artist!! when i open yahoo Indonesia, i saw article about your works. Nice!

  87. ryan Says:

    Jirka not only have many awesome but have a handsome face too

    really love his artistic pictures. keep moving on Jirka ^_^

  88. Andrea Says:

    Hei! Your work is great 🙂 I just saw it on Yahoo! news through the Disney princess bit (ihana). I saw your name and was like, of course, most cool people are Finnish.
    You should check out some of my friend’s photography work…
    Teppo Haapoja and Matti Haapoja

  89. AWESOME -I can’t say another words, besides, I’m not really good in English 😀

    but, anyway, that is a very good job, thank’s for share those pic to us,,,,

  90. […] artist, Jirka Vinse Jonatan Väätäinen (pronounced Yirka), has taken our most beloved Disney princesses and made them more human. Neat! My […]

  91. Daniela Says:

    From Australia, just saw your work in the newspaper, all I can say is wow! You are so incredibly talented well done!

  92. Anna Says:

    just spent an hour looking through your work, your pictures are really really beautiful! i especially like the disney princess series, your pictures mostly look exacly how i envisioned the characters 🙂 keep up the good work!

  93. Jeanne Says:

    You’re handsome and talented.

  94. Rhys Lim Says:

    Amazing job, Jirka! Your art work will be an inspiration to all graphic design enthusiasts. Particularly loved the Disney princess series.
    -A Chinese Malaysian’s sincere compliment- =D

  95. tim Says:

    you should contact disney,they let other artists like wyland and britto sell their images/characters

  96. happy Says:

    do you know, that jirka is a czech name? 🙂

  97. Aaron Capen Says:

    Your Disney princesses art are great. Really impressed!

  98. AKANE Says:

    I’m Japanese.
    Your works are wonderful!!
    I became your fan!!

  99. Hi! I stumbled upon your work recently and am a fan already! nicely done love it. Best cumpliments from Portugal

  100. maryam Says:

    please do the kida ,the princess from Atlantic ,one of the last disney animation.

  101. Aribelle Says:

    I especially love your Disney pictures! They are amazing and you’re very very talented. I was wondering if you could bring Giselle from Enchanted to life?

  102. Virginie Says:

    Your work is so amazing ! Best wishes from Belgium

  103. Tiina Says:

    Todella upeita kuvia! Kiitos, että jaat nämä katsottavaksi ja ihailtavaksi. Toivottavasti eksyilet vielä Suomeen joskus!

  104. Kissis Says:

    Ha! You were the celebraty-sim guru from sipsisims!

  105. Sara Coutinho Says:

    I have never seen such most beautiful photos as yours.. belle, aurora and your sister wedding are and were amazing.. your work made me shed some tears of joy
    please do continue your work, its the most wonderful I have ever saw in my life

  106. Emily Hunt Says:

    The Disney Princesses are absolutely stunning, but now that you’ve done a Belle, you’ll have to do a Beast 🙂 Perhaps even a Gaston?

  107. artemis1202 Says:

    Hello! I’m from Japan. Your work is really amazing!
    I share a few pictures. I wanted to introduce on My Facebook.
    Is it ok?
    If you’re a nuisance, the image will be removed immediately.
    Keep up the good work!

  108. Lin Coban Says:

    Hello, I love your work! Was wondering if you have any tips on how to make it out there as a graphic designer/illustrator. I am currently studying 2nd year of computer animation in Teesside.

    Also Finland is fantastic!
    thanks for reading, and keep beig awesome! 🙂

    • jirkavinse Says:

      Hi there! Thanks, I’m glad you like my work. To make it as a graphic designer, I would definitely suggest you taking a course in graphic design. Graphic design as a discipline, is so broad that studying and working hard will never hurt! But if you’ve a unique point of view, doing your own thing could turn out to be more beneficial than a degree 🙂

  109. Kelsey Cabán Says:

    Jirka You are Extremly talented! You should really get noticed. @Jirka, do you think that you can create “Lilo” From the 2002 move Lilo & Stitch? That would be beyond amazing.

  110. babalabidafin Says:

    Amazing work! Go finland! 😀

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