Elli Maanpää

Animated Painter

Exhibition: Mother Nature and Other Boss Ladies

Exhibition - Elli Maanpää: Mother Nature And Other Boss Ladies - 1 Mar to 30 Apr 2021 - Mesta Coworking, Helsinki

ELLI MAANPÄÄ
MOTHER NATURE AND OTHER BOSS LADIES

DATE: 1 Mar – 30 Apr 2021
PLACE: Mesta Coworking, Helsinki, Finland

Elli Maanpää’s figurative acrylic paintings with flowers of imagination. First part of the exhibition is dedicated to inspirational female artist like Frida Kahlo and Ellen Thesleff. The paintings in the silent room are reaching out to perceive the Mother Nature in person.

BOOK A VISIT

Mesta is a homely coworking place in Herttoniemi Helsinki Finland. 5 minute walk from the metro. If you’re not a member of Mesta you can visit the exhibition by sending an email beforehand to Mirka Nalimova at mirka@mestacoworking.com. The exhibition is FREE to attend.

How To Draw From Reference

How draw from reference - 30 second tutorial by Elli's Illustration

This video tutorial is a 30 second Drawing Lesson that shows the basics of how to draw from reference. In the video I used as a reference my Cat Cocco sleeping in a basket.

How draw from reference: Cocco in a basket 2020 by Elli Maanpää

How draw from reference: Cocco in a basket 2020 by Elli Maanpää

In this blog post I illustrate the same principles with more details with a green col-erase drawing of a Gecko.

Before you start: FIND A REFERENCE

Find a reference from life or a photograph. For this Gecko drawing I found the reference photograph from Pexels which is free stock photograph library. That means that you have a right to use the photographs in your own art. If you choose a photograph from social media ask from the original creator permission to use it before drawing.

Choose a drawing topic that you enjoy drawing. For me animals are always a go to topic to make studies on.

1. OVERALL SHAPE

Sketch out loosely the overall shape of the whole subject to your drawing paper. Be sure to include everything you want to have in the drawing. So you know everything will fit to the page you’re drawing on and no hands i.e. are left out. This part is good a compositing practise.

How draw from reference: Color pencil drawing of a Gecko 2019 by Elli Maanpää

How draw from reference: 1 – Overall shape and size // 2 – Basic geometric shapes

2. GEOMETRIC SHAPES

Divide the object into geometric shapes like circles, triangles and rectangles.This step will make the next step easier. Drawing is always about simple geometric shapes: everyone can draw a circle. If you can draw a circle you can draw anything.

3. DRAW THE OUTLINES

By using the geometric shapes as your base it’s easier to draw the actual outlines. Look closely at your reference: don’t try to guess or assume how the outlines go.

How draw from reference: Color pencil drawing of a Gecko 2019 by Elli Maanpää

How draw from reference: 3- Sketch outlines

4. ADD SHADOWS 

Again look at your reference closely when you’re adding the shadows. If you want you can make a value chart with your drawing pencil to know how dark you can go with it.

How draw from reference: Color pencil drawing of a Gecko 2019 by Elli Maanpää

How draw from reference: 4 – Add shadows.

5. RENDER

Do you know the 20/80 rule? The crucial first steps from 1-3 took 20% of the time and the rendering takes 80%. You can use as much or little time as you want to render the drawing to its final phase.

You can introduce new tools like I did: I took a deeper shade of green pencil and black marker to make more contrast to the drawing. Use what ever tools you want to and have at hand. You can also add color or focus on the elements you find most interesting i.e. the face.

5. FINISH

If starting is the hardest part finishing is the 2nd hardest thing to do. Deciding when to stop rendering. Sign your work with your name and year. Great job!

How draw from reference: Color pencil drawing of a Gecko 2019 by Elli Maanpää

How draw from reference: Color pencil drawing of a Gecko 2019 by Elli Maanpää

HAPPY NEW YEAR. SEE YOU IN 2021.

How to Save Money as an Artist And as a Human Being

How to save money as an artist - 10 tips on saving money by Elli's Illustration

10 plus TIPS on SAVING MONEY as an artist

I’ve become a master at saving money during the last year. After graduation I gave myself one year to proof myself that I can make it – I can live this way – I can stay as a freelancer artist and be my own boss. If I wasn’t able to make it after one year I would look for a job – any job.

Disclaimer: I know this year has been crazy. Lot of people are not right now in the situation to save money but rather just survive. I hear you. Also my beau lost his job last Spring. And he was the one with steady income in our household.

At its best saving money can feel like an adventure. With how little can I live? But as it worst it can feel like being an outsider.

Do not feel stressed that in addition to surviving you should save money. Now might be that hard day you were saving for. It will get better in time.

But if you want to start here are my 10 plus tips on saving money.

1. DAILY BUDGET

To make it I made daily budget. It was at the lowest around 4 euros a day. When there were days I didn’t spend anything I could add that four euros to next days budget.

My daily budget included food, clothing, transportation and hobbies but did not include living expenses and studio rent.

In the beginning of the month first I transferred the monthly savings and expenses away from my bank account. The amount of money left on the using account I divided with the days in the month.

I always aimed to use less than my daily budget to grow the budget for the end of the month. Or for the next month.

Saving Money: Daily Budget - Ellisillustration 2020

Saving Money: Daily Budget – Ellisillustration 2020

2. SECOND HAND

I paint on recycled stuff. On weird recycled stuff.

But I also paint on very regular recycled stuff. In the flea markets there can be all kinds of empty boards you can paint on. Wood cutting boards for example make perfect painting canvases.

2nd hand clothes are also the best – look for truly vintage stuff that has stayed in good condition in spite of being used. That’s how you know you found a great quality find.

3. REPLACING FUN STUFF… WITH FUN STUFF

One technique applies well both in loosing weight and saving money. It is NOT to FORBID anything but find a free or cheaper alternatives. In weight loss it would be changing to lower-energy-dense foods that you still like.

The deal is to trick yourself living your best life while you’re being smart with your money.

For example replace gym membership with free Chloe Ting YouTube training programmes.
Replace going to coffee shop by taking a keep cup and go to the close park.
Replace Netflix to more time to make your art or watching YouTube (with adds).
Replace shopping with ”digital window shopping” in Pinterest or even better creating your own designs and seeing them in the mockup pictures.
Replace buying books to loaning from libraries or from friends.
Replace expensive University degrees to cheaper online classes.

You can for example design your own face mask. I have tutorial on that in YouTube.

You can for example design your own face mask. I have tutorial on that in YouTube.

4. PAINT OVER YOUR OLD CANVASES

If something did not sell in you last exhibition – and you don’t like the piece – you can prep the painting again with gesso and paint another painting on top of it.

Do leave some old paintings though since it’s fun to see the process later. And for the future generations when they’re organising the retrospective exhibition.

5. HAVING A PURPOSE FOR SAVING

Having a purpose with your saving makes the saving more meaningful. For me it was being financially stabile (paying off my credit debt and starting to pay off my student loan) and saving for bigger and brighter apartment.

Like for example: if I’m going to meet a friend in a coffee shop I order a regular coffee instead of cappuccino with oat milk and gluten free brownie to save those couple euros to the apartment of my dreams. But if I do choose to take the cappuccino and brownie that time I’m conscious of my choice and it makes me appreciate them even more.

6. SMALL THINGS ADD UP

Every euro – dollar – counts. So if it is saving that euro from changing the cappuccino to coffee so be it. If it’s that euro once a week it’s 52 euros by the end of this year.

How to save money as an artist - 10 tips on saving money by Elli's Illustration

How to save money as an artist – 10 tips on saving money by Elli’s Illustration

7. USE WHAT EVER PAPER YOU HAVE

Sketching and doodling doesn’t need a fancy sketchbook. You can sketch on empty envelopes and scrap paper too. I do that all the time.

8. SAVING ACCOUNT

I do recommend saving to additional saving account. I save Home Saver Bonus account. By saving there I not only save money but make money since all my savings have 1% annual deposit interest plus additional 4% interest from first five years.

Plus there’s less of a risk of using the money since it’s not easily to be used after transferred from your current account.

9. USE (DO NOT SAVE) YOUR ART SUPPLIES

I use to be so cheap it was hard for me to open my new art supplies. I was saving them for a later day.

But. The ART SUPPLIES are MEANT TO BE SUPPLIES for MAKING ART. They are way more valuable as ART.

And I don’t mean that all the art works you make will be sellable. BUT you need to make tons of unsellable art for your ART TO BE SELLABLE.

Make art and learn.

"USE and do not save your ART SUPPLIES" - Ellisillustration on saving money as an artist 2020

“USE and do not save your ART SUPPLIES” – Ellisillustration on saving money as an artist 2020

10. INVEST IN RIGHT THINGS

You need to still make investments at times. For me I really needed to find an art studio from Helsinki when I knew I had a solo show in three months.

I found a tiny – but gorgeous – studio walk way away from my home. The rent is 172 euros a month which it pays back by offering me a place to paint – and to paint bigger than I could at home. And since it’s right there in the center it’s easy for me to use public transport when I’m transporting my paintings in the city area. I can save money by being my own delivery boy.

+ BE A MEMBER and FOLLOWER of NEWSLETTERs

Last November my budget was really tight so I could save up to some money for Christmas gifts. I still wanted to see my friend over some Christmas treats.

When I got the monthly newsletter from our favourite organic store Ruohonjuuri that they were having a Christmas Porridge morning at their store I invited my friend to meet me there.

I know this sounds little cheap – I like to be smart with my money but not cheap. But the porridge was super yummy and my friend – who was financially better equipped at the time – ended up being tons of Christmas treats from the store. So in the end the store did good for me and I did good for the store.

Remember free stuff is not only free stuff – they’re blessings in disguise. They are ways to make contact. Be grateful of them and return the favour when you can.

How to save money as an artist - 10 tips on saving money by Elli's Illustration

How to save money as an artist – 10 tips on saving money by Elli’s Illustration

If you want to hear more on my approach on MONEY as a freelancer visual artist check out my other YouTube video on the MINDSET around money. I’ve worked hard on making my relationship with money to change from something I don’t care about to mutually respectful. Money is here to help us flourish.

Thank you for reading. Until next time. Inspire and be inspired.

P.S. If you’re interested in following my storytelling art (like these tutorials) I invite you to follow me in @ellisillustration in Instagram and YouTube.

Koko Suomen Joulukalenteri

Joulukuun ensimmäisenä päivänä niitä alkoi ilmestyä, pieniä joulutervehdyksiä bussipysäkeille, ilmoitustauluille ja puiden oksille ympäri Suomen. Läpinäkyviin pussukoihin huolella pakattuja kortteja, koristeita tai pieniä taideteoksia. Kaikissa mukana kehotus ottaa joulutervehdys mukaan, sekä toivomus, että se tuottaa löytäjälleen iloa.

Ilmiön takana on tamperelainen kuvataiteilija Giannetta Porta, joka halusi tuoda iloa keskitalven pimeyteen. Sympaattisista ja värikylläisistä eläinhahmoistaan tunnettu Porta organisoi Instagramissa joulukalenterihaasteen. Siihen lähti mukaan yli kaksikymmentä innokasta luovan alan ammattilaista ja harrastajaa ympäri Suomen. Onpa mukana yksi kokonainen koululuokkakin.

“Joulukalenteri on ihana tapa piristää jonkun päivää”

Giannetta Porta -joulukalenterihaasteen äiti, 2020. Kuvaaja: Sami Raiskio

Giannetta Porta -joulukalenterihaasteen äiti, 2020. Kuvaaja: Sami Raiskio

Olen aiemmin toteuttanut vastaavan joulukalenterin yksin, mutta tällä kertaa halusin tehdä sen hiukan isommin. Toiveita tällaiselle yhteisölliselle kalenterille on tullut ympäri maata ja siksi etsin porukan toteuttamaan sitä. Joulukalenteri on ihana tapa piristää jonkun päivää, päästä jakamaan omaa juttuaan ja samalla muistuttaa, ettei kukaan ole täällä yksin,” Giannetta Porta sanoo.

Joulukalenterihaaste kestää aattoon asti. Tervehdyksiä löytyy Tampereen lisäksi ainakin Helsingistä, Turusta, Seinäjoelta, Lempäälästä, Lahdesta, Järvenpäästä, Hyvinkäältä, Jyväskylästä, Oulusta, Espoosta, Lappeenrannasta, Ulvilasta ja Mikkelistä.

Joulukalenterihaasteeseen pääsee tutustumaan Instagramissa @olipahantaasgigi sekä #giginjoulukalenterihaaste

1. luukku: Koko Suomen joulukalenteri, Elli Maanpää 2020

1. luukku: Koko Suomen joulukalenteri, Elli Maanpää 2020

Minun – Elli Maanpää – ateljeeltani yllätysluukkuihin matkaa luonnoksia ja taidekortteja. Joulukuun 13. päivään saakka toimin Helsingissä (lähinnä Etelä-Helsingissä) ja siitä eteenpäin Ulvila-Pori akselilla. Julkaisen päivittäin luukun sisällön ja tarkan sijainnin Instagramissa ja facebookissa @ellimaanpaa.

Tervetuloa jouluiseen aarteen metsästykseen! 

Taidetta luonnon puolesta

Taidetta luonnon puolesta: Elefantti, Elli Maanpää, 2020

TAIDETTA LUONNON PUOLESTA

Elli Maanpää 2020 // Joululahjaksi eläinaiheisia guassimaalauksia

Joululahjat ovat ihania – mutta myös haastavia. Miten voisin antaa joululahjan joka ilahduttaa, mutta ei tuota tuhoa luonnolle? Ja toisekseen mietin kenelle minä haluaisin erityisesti antaa lahjan jouluna? Vastauksesi nousi eläimet ja luonto.

Taidetta luonnon puolesta on pensselinojennukseni luonnonsuojelulle.
Olen WWF -kummi ja kuukausilahjottaja. Kummipinssini koristaa maalaustakkiani. 2020

Olen WWF -kummi ja kuukausilahjottaja. 2020

Marraskuussa 2020 Taidekauppaani tulee myyntiin 10 pientä eläinaiheista guassimaalausta. Lahjoitan teoksien myynti hinnasta 50% WWF Suomelle. Alla oleva teksti on lainattu WWF:n sivuilta 17.12.2020:

“Alle 50 vuodessa maailman villieläinten populaatiot ovat kutistuneet keskimäärin 68 prosenttia.Teemme joka päivä töitä tämän ympäristökriisin ratkaisemiseksi, mutta se on mahdollista vain tukijoidemme avulla.”

Nyt sinulla on mahdollisuus tukea maailman eläimiä ostamalla originaali taidetta.

LUONTOYSTÄVÄLLINEN TAIDELAHJA

Uniikit taideteokset ovat täydellinen joululahja kulutustietoiselle ympäristöihmiselle – esimerkiksi itsellesi. Inspiroidaan toisiamme auttamaan. Luonnon lisäksi taideostos tukee luovaa suomalaista yrittäjyyttä sekä on taidesijoitus. Katso kaupasta lisää kuvia teoksista.

Taidetta luonnon puolesta: Elli Maanpää, 2020

Taidetta luonnon puolesta: Elli Maanpää, 2020

Taidetta luonnon puolesta: Lumileopardi, Elli Maanpää, 2020

Taidetta luonnon puolesta: Lumileopardi, Elli Maanpää, 2020

Taidetta luonnon puolesta: Elli Maanpää, 2020

Taidetta luonnon puolesta: Elli Maanpää, 2020

Elefantti, Valkohäntäpeura, Leopardi, Makaki, Meduusa, Kilpikonna, Simpanssi, Tiikeri, Orangutan ja Lumileopardi. Löysitkö jo suosikkisi kymmenen taideteoksen joukosta?

KIITOS SINULLE JA HÄNELLE 

Teosten mukana tulee ”Kiitos” kortti, jonka voit paketoida joululahjan mukaan. Näin lahjansaaja tietää inspiroineensa hyvään tekoon luonnon puolesta. Kortti on painettu kierrätetylle puuvillalle, joka on kerätty t-paitojen leikkuujäämistä.

Taidetta luonnon puolesta // Kiitos -kortti. Elli Maanpää 2020

Taidetta luonnon puolesta // Kiitos -kortti. Elli Maanpää 2020

MUISTA TILATA ENNEN ITSENÄISYYSPÄIVÄÄ

Netissä toimiva taidekauppa on auki sunnuntaihin 6.12.2020 asti – tai niin kauan kuin teoksia riittää. Kauppa toimii suomalaisen pankin Holvin domainin alla ja se on helppokäyttöinen. Toimitusaika on noin viikko.

KIITOS SINULLE TAITEEN & LUONNON YSTÄVÄ! IHANAA JOULUN ODOTUSTA.

Ystävällisin terveisin, Elli Maanpää

Taidepostikortit: Jänis ja joutsen, Elli Maanpää, 2020

Taidepostikortit: Jänis ja joutsen, Elli Maanpää, 2020

Psst. Taidekaupassani on tarjolla myös Suomessa painettuja taidepostikortteja sekä minun ja Vesa Kuulan kuvittamia joulukortteja. Myynnissä 6.12. asti. Toimitusaika noin viikon.

Procreate Tutorial: Symmetry

"Granberry Girl", Procreate, Elli Maanpää, 2020

PROCREATE TUTORIAL: SYMMETRY TOOL

Elli Maanpää 2020 // Procreate on iPad

Procreate Drawing Guide tool Symmetry is handy tool. It’s perfect for drawing for example Christmas ornaments like snowflakes, Christmas trees and wreaths.

"Snowflake", Procreate Symmetry tool, Elli Maanpää, 2020

“Snowflake”, Procreate Symmetry tool, Elli Maanpää, 2020

See how to draw your own Christmas ornaments in the tutorial video below.

How to draw Christmas Ornaments in Procreate, Elli's Illustration, 2020

How to draw Christmas Ornaments in Procreate, Elli’s Illustration, 2020

SYMMETRICAL FACES & CHARACTER DESIGN

You can also use the Procreate Drawing Guide tool Symmetry in designing characters and drawing faces. You can draw line art or do a fully rendered painting in color. You only have to draw half of the face to get fully finished illustration.

Drawing Faces in Procreate, Elli's Illustration, 2020

Drawing Faces in Procreate, Elli’s Illustration, 2020

The feature image “Granberry Girl” is a digital illustration where I used the Symmetry tool and my own Procreate brushes for the first time. The illustration is Painted with Apple pencil in Procreate App in 6th generation iPad. 2020

WABGNET – Pala Pinkkiä Hattaraa

Exhibition - WABGNET: Pala pinkkiä hattaraa - 14 Nov to 30 Dec 2020 - Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki Finland

WABGNET
PALA PINKKIÄ HATTARAA

DATE: 14 Nov – 30 Dec 2020
PLACE: Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki, Finland

WABGNET – Pala Pinkkiä Hattaraa is an art exhibition featuring 16 Finnish female artists. It’s celebrates the WABGNET community and it’s curated by Rigulio Graak. My “Horisontin yli” // ”Beyond the Horizon” painting is part of the exhibition. The Art Show in Helsingin Kulttuuritalo and Sture4 cafe.

EDIT: Exhibition venue closed for now due to COVID-19 regulations in Helsinki. Art Show ending day is postponed. More information coming later.

WABGNET - "Pala Pinkkiä Hattaraa" juhlataidenäyttely Kulttuuritalolla 2020 loppuun

WABGNET – “Pala Pinkkiä Hattaraa” juhlataidenäyttely Kulttuuritalolla 2020 loppuun

WABGNET - "Pala Pinkkiä Hattaraa" juhlataidenäyttely Kulttuuritalolla 2020 loppuun

WABGNET – “Pala Pinkkiä Hattaraa” juhlataidenäyttely Kulttuuritalolla 2020 loppuun

Take Me To The Sea

"Take me to the sea", Procreate, Elli Maanpää, 2020

TAKE ME TO THE SEA

Elli Maanpää 2020 // Procreate on iPad

“Take Me to the Sea” painting is based on a photograph by Vision Pic from Pexels. In the video I show my process when painting a digital image from reference photograph. First I paint with a large brush to get the color composition right. Only after that I go into details with a smaller brush. Painted with Apple pencil in Procreate App in 6th generation iPad.

“Faces” Group Show in Helsingin Kulttuuritalo Until 11th of November

Exhibition - Group Show: Faces - 6 Oct to 11 Nov 2020 - Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki Finland

GROUP SHOW FACES

DATE: 6 Oct – 11 Nov 2020
PLACE: Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki, Finland

The group show Faces in Helsingin Kulttuuritalo is curated by Rigulio Graak. The multicultural art exhibition is part of Kuraattori Keke’s project to aid artist during the hard Corona year. Supported by the Helsinki City Grants for Culture.

My “Sohvaa pitkin” (Eng. “Couchsurfing”) acrylic painting is part of the show. The exhibition is open until 11th of November 2020. Welcome!

“Kasvatin kasvot/ vetelin viivoina muista/
näin naamani muissa/omassani muut/
etäisyyksistä kasvaneena/ kasvottomuus.”

Ainokaisa Huusko

Elli Maanpää: Couch Surfing, Acrylic paint on canvas, 100x150cm, 2020

Elli Maanpää: Couch Surfing, Acrylic paint on canvas, 100x150cm, 2020

Group Show "Faces" in Kulttuuritalo until 11th of November 2020

Group Show “Faces” in Kulttuuritalo until 11th of November 2020

Moon Gazing

"Moon Gazing", Procreate, Elli Maanpää, 2020

MOON GAZING

Elli Maanpää 2020 // Procreate on iPad

“Moon Gazing” digital painting is inspired by Halloween. It’s based on a photograph by Oleg Magni from Pexels. Speed painting of my painting process available below. Painted with Apple pencil in Procreate App in 6th generation iPad. 2020