My name is Filippo Vanzo. I am a Stockholm-based, Italy-born-and-raised freelance illustrator and cartographer.

I create images for a wide variety of industries and purposes, such as books, children´s literature, tabletop games, advertising, museums, magazines, and for private use. I work with many different mediums, depending on the project. I usually work with ink or pencil, and add the color and typography in post-production. I work 100% digitally if the project requires extra flexibility.

My fiction illustrations focus primarily on characters and storytelling, with dynamic, cinema-inspired dramatic compositions. For cartography and non-fiction work I like to give my illustrations a traditional, hand-made feeling.

If you are interested in knowing more about my work as an cartographer, please visit my map-website at

You can also support my mapmaking activity by visiting my Patreon page and becoming a member. Patrons get free maps for their roleplaying games, discounts and Patreon-exclusive content.

I am fluent in Italian, English and Swedish.

I love nature, hiking, maps, dinosaurs, video games, progressive and folk music, riding my bicycle, and sleeping. If I were not an illustrator, I would probably want be a wildlife photographer, or a park ranger.

Selected clients

Statens fastighetsverk, Burning Games, Bonnier Carlsen, Paradox Interactive, Opal, Lillapiratförlaget, Capstone Books, Oxford University Press, Stockholm Graphics, Usborne Publishing

Awards and Features


  • 2018 – Upplevelser i Stockholms natur : platser, kartor, guider // by Erik Hansson, Oliver Karlöf, Vide Ohlin, Bokförlaget Polaris [9789188647665]
  • 2018 – Slaget om Salajak // by Johan Theorin, Bonnier Carlsen [9789163899164]
  • 2017 – Från Döda fallet till Ales stenar – Platser med (spök)historia // by Lena Arro, Opal [ISBN 9789172998766]
  • 2017 – Draconia // by Patrik Bergström, Lilla Piratförlaget [ISBN 9789188279651]
  • 2017 – Sailing with Leif Eriksson // by Nancy Harris, Capstone [ISBN 9781474746564]
  • 2017 – My Famous Brother, Galileo // by Phillip W. Simpson, Capstone [ISBN 9781474746311]
  • 2017 – Vita tigern // by Christin Ljungqvist, Gilla Böcker [ISBN 9789188279309]
  • 2017 – Legenden om Örnfolket – Den siste draken // by Patrik Bergström, Lilla Piratförlaget [ISBN 9789187707322]
  • 2017 – Big Questions 6 Class Book // by Katherine Bilsbrough and Steve Bilsborough, Oxford University Press [ISBN: 9780194107891]
  • 2016 – The Journal // curated by Jon Schindehette, ArtOrder
  • 2016 – William Shakespeare // by Sean McCollum, Learning A-Z
  • 2016 – Pepper’s Travels with Marco Polo // by Nancy Harris, Capstone [ISBN 9781474717892]
  • 2016 – Can You Survive a Supervolcano Eruption? // by Blake Hoena, Capstone [ISBN 9781491481080]
  • 2016 – Det magiska hjärtat // by Kristina Ohlsson, Lilla Piratförlaget [ISBN 9789188279118]
  • 2016 – Legenden om Örnfolket – Vulkanen vaknar // by Patrik Bergström, Lilla Piratförlaget [ISBN 9789187707315]
  • 2015 – Mysteriet på Hester Hill // by Kristina Ohlsson, Lilla Piratförlaget [ISBN 9789187707346]
  • 2015 – Legenden om Örnfolket – Maximus ring // by Patrik Bergström, Lilla Piratförlaget [ISBN 9789187707230]
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