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Heiki Ernits

Biography

Heiki Ernits (1953) graduated from the Tallinn Pedagogical Institute as a teacher of arts and crafts. He has worked as a photographer, art teacher, art director, and film director. Ernits has made 19 animated films, produced commercials, designed book covers and layouts, and illustrated more than 30 children’s books. Highly popular among Estonian children, he has received six Nukits Awards to date.

Profile photo: Piia Ruber

Andrus Kivirähk. Giraffe, Tänapäev, 2007, leadpencil, digital treatmentJanno Põldma. Lotte's Olympic Book, 2008, lead pencil, digital treatmentAndrus Kivirähk. Poo and Spring, Varrak, 2009, lead pencil, digital treatmentOtt Arder. Ott Is Looking For Bear Sorrel, 2010, lead pencil, digital treatmentOtt Arder. Ott Is Looking For Bear Sorrel, 2010, lead pencil, digital treatmentKristiina Kass. Little Witch Buttonnose, Tänapäev, 2010, lead pencil, digital treatmentKristiina Kass. Little Witch Buttonnose, Tänapäev, 2010, lead pencil, digital treatmentKristiina Kass. Teacher Kusti Haunts Here, Tänapäev, 2012, lead pencil, digital treatmentAndrus Kivirähk. Lotte’s Journey South, Eesti Joonisfilm, 2012, lead pencil, digital treatmentJanno Põldma. Lotte and the Secret of the Moon Rock, Eesti Joonisfilm, 2013, lead pencil, digital treatmentAndrus Kivirähk. Carnival and Potato Salad, Varrak, 2015, lead pencil, digital treatment, collageAndrus Kivirähk. Carnival and Potato Salad, Varrak, 2015, lead pencil, digital treatment, collagueKristiina Kass. Little Witch Buttonnose and the Chimney Sweep, Tänapäev, 2015, lead pencil, digital treatment, collageKristiina Kass. Little Witch Buttonnose and the Chimney Sweep, Tänapäev, 2015, lead pencil, digital treatment, collageTäheke magazine, 6/2015, cover, lead pencil, digital treatment, collage
2020
Nukits competition, 1st place (Andrus Kivirähk. Ghost and Facebook)

2019

Good Children's Book (Andrus Kivirähk. Ghost and Facebook)

2016

Nukits competition, 1st place (Andrus Kivirähk. Carnival and Potato Salad)
Nukits competition, 3rd place (Kristiina Kass. Little Witch Buttonnose and the Chimney Sweep)

2014

Nukits competition, 1st place (Janno Põldma. Lotte and the Secret of the Moon Rock)
Nukits competition, 2nd place (Kristiina Kass. Teacher Kusti Haunts Here)

2013

Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), diploma

2012

Nukits competition, 1st place (Kristiina Kass. Little Witch Buttonnose)

2010

Nukits competition, 1st place (Andrus Kivirähk. Poo and Spring)

2009

5 Best Designed Estonian Children’s Books, special prize of the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre (The Golden Book of Estonian Fairy Tales)

2008

Nukits competition, 1st place (Andrus Kivirähk. Lotte from Gadgetville)

2007

Order of the White Star, IV Class

2004

Nukits competition, 1st place (Janno Põldma. The Ladybugs’ Christmas)

2002

5 Best Designed Estonian Children’s Books (Janno Põldma. The Ladybugs’ Christmas)
2019
Spring exhibition of Estonian illustrators, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre

2014
Solo exhibition „Inventing Pictures”, National Library of Estonia, Tallinn

2014–2018
Tallinn 4th Illustrations Triennial (TIT 2013), Estonian illustrators, Estonia; Kielce, Pacanów, Gdynia, Łomża, Kraków, Poland

2013
Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), Estonia

2011
Solo exhibition „Inventing Lotte”, Estonian Children's Literature Centre, Tallinn

2009
Solo exhibition „Illustrations”, Estonian Children's Literature Centre, Tallinn

2008
„Lotte's World”, Museum of New Art, Pärnu

2003
Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia
Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), Estonia
The best Estonian animated films, Tallinn Teachers' House and Tallinn Business Centre Atrium Gallery