Heiki Ernits


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24/03/1953


Occupations

illustrator, caricaturist, film director, art teacher, art director



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.



Selected works:
Tomusk, Ilmar. Footoni seiklused (The Adventures of Photon), Tammerraamat 2020
Tungal, Leelo; Turovski, Aleksei. Kati, Carl ja isevärki farm, Rahva Raamat 2020
Kivirähk, Andrus. Tont ja Facebook (Ghost and Facebook), Varrak 2019
Tomusk, Ilmar. Porgandipirukas (Carrot Pie), Tammerraamat 2019
Petrone, Epp. Kiire hiir (The Speedy Mouse), Petrone Print 2018
Selli, Tiia. Väike piss (Little Pee-Pee), Minimal House 2018
Vilep, Heiki. Une-Mati väga uued udujutud (The Sandman’s Very New Silly Stories), A-Disain 2016
Kass, Kristiina. Nõianeiu Nöbinina ja korstnapühkija (Little Witch Buttonnose and the Chimney Sweep), Tänapäev 2015
Kivirähk, Andrus. Karneval ja kartulisalat (Carnival and Potato Salad), Varrak 2015
Kass, Kristiina. Elle ja Kalle koduvideo (Elle’s and Kalle’s Home Video), Päike ja Pilv 2014
Põldma, Janno. Lotte ja kuukivi saladus (Lotte and the Secret of the Moon Rock), Eesti Joonisfilm 2013
Kass, Kristiina. Õpetaja Kusti kummitab ja teisi jutte (Teacher Kusti Haunts Here), Tänapäev 2012
Kivirähk, Andrus. Lotte reis lõunamaale (Lotte’s Journey South), Eesti Joonisfilm 2012
Kass, Kristiina. Nõianeiu Nöbinina (Little Witch Buttonnose), Tänapäev 2010
Kivirähk, Andrus. Kaka ja kevad (Poo and Spring), Varrak 2009
Kivirähk, Andrus. Kaelkirjak (Giraffe), Tänapäev 2007
Kivirähk, Andrus. Leiutajateküla Lotte (Lotte from Gadgetville), Eesti Joonisfilm 2006
Põldma, Janno. Lepatriinude jõulud (The Ladybugs’ Christmas), Sild 2002

With other illustrators:
Uued eesti muinasjutud (New Estonian Fairy Tales), Pilgrim 2009

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)
2016 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)
2014 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
2003 Tallinn Illustrations Triennial (TIT), Estonia
2003 The best Estonian animated films, Tallinn Teachers’ House and Tallinn Business Centre Atrium Gallery

Carnival and Potato Salad by Andrus Kivirähk
Russian: Карнавал и картофельный салат, Tallinn: Varrak 2016

Giraffe by Andrus Kivirähk
Russian: Жираф, Tallinn: KPD Kirjastus 2008

Little Witch Buttonnose by Kristiina Kass
Russian: Kурноска на метле, Tallinn: Aleksandr, 2015

Lotte from Gadgetville
Latvian: Lote no Izgudrotāju ciema, Rīga : Zvaigzne ABC 2010
Russian: Лотте из Деревни Изобретателей, Tallinn: Eesti Päevaleht 2009

Lotte’s Journey South by Andrus Kivirähk
Italian: Lotte. L’avventuroso viaggio al sud, Vittorio Veneto: De Bastiani 2019
Russian: Путешествие Лотты в тёплые края, Tallinn: Eesti Joonisfilm 2017
Latvian: Lotes ceļojums uz dienvidiem, Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC 2013

Lotte and the Secret of the Moon Rock by Janno Põldma
Latvian: Lote un mēnessakmens noslēpums, Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC 2014

Poo and Spring by Andrus Kivirähk
Low German: De Schiet un dat Fröhjohr, Plaggenhauer 2015
Russian: Весна и какашка, Tallinn: Varrak 2010

Sandman’s Newest Stories by Heiki Vilep
Finnish: Nukkumatin uusimmat höpöjutut, Helsinki: Lector kustannus 2017