Elli Maanpää

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Elli Maanpää

Inspired by Nature

Inspired by Nature - Elli Maanpää Photography - 2018
I am so inspired by nature.

This is not the first – nor the last – time that I talk about the inspiration I get from the nature. Last year I made blog post about a Inspiration From The Forest and I’ve shared my nature photographs here in the blog every once in a while.

So soft // Inspired by Nature - Elli Maanpää Photography - 2018

So soft // Inspired by Nature – Elli Maanpää Photography – 2018

Us Finns have a special relationship with nature. I think we blessed in the sense that there is so much nature to explore. Our country is vast without large amount of population. So you don’t have to bike far from the city centre to find the blossoming wilderness.

Tiny light // Inspired by Nature - Elli Maanpää Photography - 2018

Tiny light // Inspired by Nature – Elli Maanpää Photography – 2018

Last week – since the weather has been too good to stay indoors – I biked to Pomponrahka. It’s a nature reserve about seven kilometres from the Turku Market Square. I took my Olympus Pen Lite E-PL5 digital camera along. I snapped these photographs from the hike.

Stars of forest at Pomponrahka // Inspired by Nature - Elli Maanpää Photography - 2018

Stars of forest at Pomponrahka // Inspired by Nature – Elli Maanpää Photography – 2018

The place is amazing. Even though the area isn’t very big it has many different landscapes. Walking on those duckboards is always new experience. The view keeps on changing on every step on the way.

Duckboards at Pomponrahka // Inspired by Nature - Elli Maanpää Photography - 2018

Duckboards at Pomponrahka // Inspired by Nature – Elli Maanpää Photography – 2018

Nature inspires me in so many ways. Often I use my own photographs as references for drawings: colour-, value- and composition studies. I talk about the benefits of photographing yourself in my How to Learn Art  –post.

Yellow spider // Inspired by Nature - Elli Maanpää Photography - 2018

Yellow spider // Inspired by Nature – Elli Maanpää Photography – 2018

Sometimes the inspiration is not that concrete.

Just by entering the forest from the city takes your brain to another level. It’s meditation… but also I find it to be the most energising brain boost. For example, If I’ve been stuck with a creative idea I go for a walk in the forest. The nature gives me new insight.

The artist herself at Pomponrahka // Inspired by Nature - Elli Maanpää Photography - 2018

The artist herself at Pomponrahka // Inspired by Nature – Elli Maanpää Photography – 2018

So go out guys and let the nature inspire you. If there isn’t a forest near you there is always the sky to look at. It’s as beautiful everywhere you go.

Are you inspired by nature? And do you use the inspiration in your art or design concepts? Let me know in Facebook or Instagram. Thank you for stopping by and see you next Tuesday. Until then: inspired and be inspired.
Yellow bf // Inspired by Nature - Elli Maanpää Photography - 2018

Yellow bf // Inspired by Nature – Elli Maanpää Photography – 2018

How to Make a Repeat Pattern

How To Make A Repeat Pattern - Elli Maanpää Design Talk // 2018
How to make a repeat pattern has been on my video ideas -list for a year. Finally this spring I asked in my Instagram stories if it would be something people would like to see. They answered 100% YES.

So here we go. Fresh from the rendering oven. How to Make a Repeat Pattern -tutorial.

How To Make A Repeat Pattern // Inspiring book Designing Pattern by Lotta Kühlhorn // Elli Maanpää Design Talk // 2018

How To Make A Repeat Pattern // Inspiring book Designing Pattern by Lotta Kühlhorn // Elli Maanpää Design Talk // 2018

I re-found my love for patterns trough this book Designing Patterns by Lotta Kühlhorn. I say re-found since graphic design for textiles was one of my favourite subjects when I was studying Fashion Design in the Aalto-University. I even did an internship in Paris designing prints for the textile industry in France. Oh that summer in Paris was magical.

There is some similarities in creating a repeat pattern and looping animation. In both cases you need to find how to make the seams appear organic and aesthetic.

For the video I designed three new repeating patterns with two colour variations of each. I uploaded them to my Redbubble shop. You can just click the image to see the pattern on products.

MEMPHIS BIRTHDAY CAT

This design was born from the doodles I did for the hand drawn pattern. I wanted to demonstrate the logic behind the repeating pattern before taking over Photoshop. I made Memphis Birthday Cat -pattern in a Navy and Turquoise colour palette. The illustrations were created in Adobe Illustrator and the pattern composed in Photoshop.

Memphis Birthday Cat - Pattern: Navy // Elli Maanpää Design Talk // 2018

Memphis Birthday Cat – Pattern: Navy // Elli Maanpää Design Talk // 2018

Memphis Birthday Cat - Pattern: Turquoise // Elli Maanpää Design Talk // 2018

Memphis Birthday Cat – Pattern: Turquoise // Elli Maanpää Design Talk // 2018

DREAMY CLOUDS

Since I love red I wanted to create something red for myself. When I asked in Instagram which colour of the Dreamy Clouds -pattern is their favourite it was the Pale Watermelon that got more love. It does look so summery and cool. This pattern was drawn digitally on Wacom directly in Photoshop.

Dreamy Clouds - Pattern: Primary Colour Love // Elli Maanpää Design Talk // 2018

Dreamy Clouds – Pattern: Primary Colour Love // Elli Maanpää Design Talk // 2018

Dreamy Clouds - Pattern: Pale Watermelon // Elli Maanpää Design Talk // 2018

Dreamy Clouds – Pattern: Pale Watermelon // Elli Maanpää Design Talk // 2018

SUNRAY TROUGH THE VENETIAN BLIND

The last – but not least – is this geometric pattern Sunray Trough the Venetian Blind -pattern I did by combining stripes and circles in Photoshop. The colours reminded me of summer morning by the lake side and summer night in a city. Can you see which one is which?

Sunray Trough The Venetian Blind - Pattern: Summer Morning // Elli Maanpää Design Talk // 2018

Sunray Trough The Venetian Blind – Pattern: Summer Morning // Elli Maanpää Design Talk // 2018

Sunray Trough The Venetian Blind - Pattern: Summer Night // Elli Maanpää Design Talk // 2018

Sunray Trough The Venetian Blind – Pattern: Summer Night // Elli Maanpää Design Talk // 2018

I hope this pattern design talk was inspiring. Thank you for tuning in to my blog. See you next Tuesday. Have an inspiring week!

Daily Journaling

BULLET JOURNAL // Daily Journaling - Elli Maanpää Blog - 2018
Daily journaling keeps me both sane (as sane as it’s healthy to be) and productive. Today I want to share two journaling habits that I find truly beneficial.

BULLET JOURNAL

You’ve probably heard of bullet journaling (BUJO). It’s super trendy – and I totally understand why.

I’ve been bullet journaling couple of years now. What is bullet journaling? Shortly for those who haven’t heard about it.

Bullet journal is basically – in my opinion – a self-drawn pocket calendar. How much space you need for your monthly and weekly planning is up to you.

You can use any kind of notebook. I’ve noticed I like the most the A5 size notebooks with dotted lines. They make it easier to draw all kind of yearly, monthly, weekly charts. And the size needs to be big enough to fit all my endeavours in one place. But not too big that it gets heavy to carry along.

BULLET JOURNAL // Daily Journaling - Elli Maanpää Blog - 2018

BULLET JOURNAL // Daily Journaling – Elli Maanpää Blog – 2018

The secret sauce of bullet journaling is making lists. I mark my bullet lists with empty squares (tasks) and empty circles (meetings) which fill in after they’re completed. It feels so rewarding.

I do bullet journaling to ease my mind, since I have always several projects going on. I need to remember the deadlines and when there are no deadlines I need to come up with one myself. I’m always evaluating which ones are my priority in this month, this week or this day. That’s how I stay focused and get things done – even when it’s only myself counting on it.

BULLET JOURNAL // Daily Journaling - Elli Maanpää Blog - 2018

BULLET JOURNAL // Daily Journaling – Elli Maanpää Blog – 2018

I also write thank you -diary to the weekly pages of the journal. So I remember the things I’ve been blessed by. It’s especially important on the weeks when I feel low or stressed. It can make a big difference.

My bullet journal is NOT the hand drawn decorated beauty you’ve might see in Pinterest. My friend was puzzled by this and asked “but you’re an artist”. Yes, I am. I express my creativity elsewhere and keep my bujo just plain, ascetic and functional. It’s the needed time-accountant of my own life.

If you’re interested to start bullet journaling yourself here is a great site to get you started.

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MORNING JOURNAL

Great way to start the day. Morning journal serves a very different kind of need. It’s the book I grab first thing in the morning.

I doodle and write ideas or concerns I’ve had the last day or in my dreams. I don’t have any rules for the morning journaling. The sentences don’t need to be complete or the drawings pretty. It’s more like meditation. Time just for myself and for my own thoughts before I open the phone, computer or radio.

Sometimes I open the morning journal in the evening too to write thoughts I need out of my system for the moment. I still call it the morning journal since it’s more about the new beginnings than looking back.

If there comes a day that I would have no new ideas to work on I can take the mourning journal and browse through the pages. There are tons of first drafts of projects: art and movie ideas, I could start realizing.

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If bullet journal would be the presentable business blazer the mourning journal would be the pyjamas.

Do you have daily journaling habits? Please comment in Instagram or facebook. See you next Tuesday with the How To Do a Tiling Pattern –video. Until then. Have a sunny week. Elli

Adventures of the Animation Student

Animation Student & Director at the Animation Festival Animatricks 2018 - Elli Maanpää
I’m now at my third year in the animation studies in the Turku Arts Academy. This weekend I got to attend Animatricks animation festival in Helsinki as an invited director. My 2D animation Point of View was competing in the National Contest. I wanted to take you along so I filmed a vlog during the weekend.

I saw some pretty amazing animation shorts at the festival. But the weekend wasn’t all celebration since I also had to work on the post production for the puppet animation film Dagen Efter. So I could submit it to Turku Animated Film Festival TAFF. The deadline was on Monday.

I also got a new haircut. I’ve been dreaming of buzz cut for a while now. Finally it was warm enough to go all the way. What do you think? I donated my hair to Little Princess Trust who are making wigs for kids with cancer.

See the whole video below.

Happy May Day! With love, Elli

Designing Patterns: Colours

Designing Patterns: Colour // Elli Maanpää 2018

I asked in my Instagram stories if you’d be interested hearing more about pattern design. You answered 100% “YES, BRING IT ON ASAP” So here we go.

Creating beautiful patterns is one on my favourite things to do. I will make a video post later about: How to do a tiling pattern – it’s such a simple trick that you wonder why you didn’t know it before. But in today’s post I talk about the COLOURS. Colours are the beginning of everything.

The most important thing is to remember that if you’ve created a nice pattern you need at least three colour variations of it. One WARM – yellow, red, orange. One COLD – blue, green, turquoise. One NEUTRAL – grey, beige.

Second rule is… forget the first rule and have fun.

Forest Berries - Pattern: Dark Turquoise // Designing Patterns: Colour // Elli Maanpää 2018

Forest Berries – Pattern: Dark Turquoise // Designing Patterns: Colour // Elli Maanpää 2018

You might remember this Forest Berries -pattern? I originally designed it over year ago for my mom. I ordered her a large studio pouch for Christmas present. It looked good, my mom loved it and I moved on.

I had almost forgotten the design until my dear friend Anna – the service designer – kindly asked if I could make colour variation of it in yellow. She wanted to order that one as an iPhone cover.

Forest Berries - Pattern: Sunset Colour // Designing Patterns: Colour // Elli Maanpää 2018

Forest Berries – Pattern: Sunset Colour // Designing Patterns: Colour // Elli Maanpää 2018

Yes I can” I said. She gave me an excuse to open the pattern file again and play with the colour wheel. Since I knew I might as well make more than just one new colour variation: I made dozens of them. I used Photoshop colour correction tools i.e. Hue/Saturation, Colour balance to find funky styles.

After the creative colour brainstorming came the elimination. At some point the colour designs start to compete with each other. So you shouldn’t offer too similar variations. I chose the lucky winners by thinking would I wear this? AND Is there someone else who would wear this?

Colour combination finalists // Designing Patterns: Colour // Elli Maanpää 2018

Colour combination finalists // Designing Patterns: Colour // Elli Maanpää 2018

There needs to be a unique character coming to mind for every colour combination. The first character was my mom. But for the rest of the colours I have to find imaginary personas that I would see wearing the design.

Forest Berries - Pattern: Red // Designing Patterns: Colour // Elli Maanpää 2018

Forest Berries – Pattern: Red // Designing Patterns: Colour // Elli Maanpää 2018

Women's Chiffon Top Forest Berries Red // Click image to see in Redbubble // Elli Maanpää 2018

Women’s Chiffon Top Forest Berries Red // Click image to see in Redbubble // Elli Maanpää 2018

JANETTE, 52-years-old

  • Real Estate Agent
  • Always wears red lipstick and bold jewellery
  • Has a loud laughter.
  • Enjoys going to Gallery openings.
Forest Berries - Pattern: Blue Mist // Designing Patterns: Colour // Elli Maanpää 2018

Forest Berries – Pattern: Blue Mist // Designing Patterns: Colour // Elli Maanpää 2018

Graphic T-Shirt Dress Forest Berries Blue Mist // Click image to see in Redbubble // Elli Maanpää 2018

Graphic T-Shirt Dress Forest Berries Blue Mist // Click image to see in Redbubble // Elli Maanpää 2018

MAYA, 28-years-old

  • Works at the bird sanctuary.
  • Hobbies include swimming and surfing.
  • Writes poems.
  • Has travelled all over the world.
Forest Berries - Pattern: Summer Night // Designing Patterns: Colour // Elli Maanpää 2018

Forest Berries – Pattern: Summer Night // Designing Patterns: Colour // Elli Maanpää 2018

Graphic T-Shirt Forest Berries Summer Night // Click image to see in Redbubble // Elli Maanpää 2018

Graphic T-Shirt Forest Berries Summer Night // Click image to see in Redbubble // Elli Maanpää 2018

 MOLLY, 21-years-old

  • Studies Anthropology.
  • Loves reading.
  • Has a cat named Biscuit.
  • Drinks green tea in her own balcony garden.

After I know which colour designs have enough personality I clean them up. I zoom in very closely to double check the outlines of the shapes. It’s also a must to check the tiling in case you accidentally moved some elements. Look for the hiccups and clean them up.

After that you’re ready to go and enjoy your pattern design variations. I have Redbubble shop Elli Maanpää where I upload the designs for sale. I love seeing the patterns instantly in actual products. It’s also fun to find out which designs get the most love in the Redbubble community.

Since repetition is the key here’s short recap of how to choose the right colours for your pattern designs:

  1. Warm, cold & neutral
  2. Play around
  3. Eliminate
  4. Clean up
  5. Enjoy
Thank you for reading. If you found this post to be inspiring pass it on to your follow designer friends. See you again next Tuesday. Have an awesome week. Inspire and be inspired.

With love, Elli

How To Learn Art

How To Learn Art // Elli Maanpää Art 2018
How to learn art when you’re a self taught artist? You don’t necessarily need an art school to improve your art skills. Today I share my tips, tricks and resources how to self study art to become better at drawing and painting.

See my video How to Learn Art – On Your Own in my Elli Maanpää Art channel.

VISIT ART MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES

I recommend visiting regularly local galleries and museums. Usually every museum has these free days – like the first Thursday of the month. Check their website to find the free days and go in with your sketchbook.

ALWAYS CARRY A MINI SKETCHBOOK

This way you don’t have an excuse not to draw daily.

DRAWING DATES

If you have artist friends organise get-togethers. You can either draw each other or sit in a café and draw passer-byes. It’s great way to spend time together AND practise.

TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS

I recommend taking photographs yourself. Not only your own photos are great reference material that no-one else has. But also it’s a great way of learning about the composition and lighting. What makes a photograph good can be the same thing as what makes an art work good.

ANALYSE THE WORKS OF YOUR ART IDOLS

It’s great idea to follow art channels in social media. Find the artist and the works you’re most inspired by. Then really look at those works – analyse what is it in that particular piece that makes you like it so. You can also make study – but don’t post that without giving the credit to the original artist. This is a great way of finding your niche, you’re style.

Two 5 min & 1 min bird sketch // How To Learn Art // Elli Maanpää Art 2018

Two 5 min & 1 min bird sketch // How To Learn Art // Elli Maanpää Art 2018

SCHEDULE TIME FOR LEARNING

I know you’ve heard this before – but to get better at anything – you need to practise. That applies to art too.

It’s a good idea to take out your calendar and mark down  when you can practise. It can be half an hour every morning or only on weekends. Whenever is good fit for you.

If you scheduled it in, it’s easier to make consistent effort. And practise more likely becomes a habit

FREE AND CHEAP ART SUPPLIES

Remember you don’t need the most expensive materials to practise. I use regularly old envelopes and an IKEA pencil to doodle. If the sketch turns out nice I cut it out and tape it to my sketchbook.

YOUTUBE TUTORIALS

YouTube is full of great channels that you can learn art from. One that I follow is Proko. They have amazing tutorials on drawing human anatomy and caricatures.

PINTEREST TUTORIALS

Also Pinterest is great if you looking for a specific thing.

LINE-OF-ACTION

Another GREAT site that I’ve mentioned before is Line-of-Action.com

There you can practise Figure, Animal, Portrait and Hands and Feet drawing. I especially love the class mode -feature. This is amazing when you only have a half an hour to practise you can just turn it on and you get an intense half an hour of drawing.

The bird drawings on this post are sketches I did with the animal 30 minute class.

10 min bird sketch // How To Learn Art // Elli Maanpää Art 2018

10 min bird sketch // How To Learn Art // Elli Maanpää Art 2018

LIBRARY

Libraries are the heaven. You don’t need to own the books to learn from them. I borrow books from library for learning a certain techniques and also just for inspiration and ideas.

ART MENTORS

Because everything doesn’t always go as smoothly as we hope for  it’s great to have mentors that have made it to the top. But who honestly tell how hard it can sometimes be.

My favourite mentors at the moment are Andy J. Pizza and his Creative Pep Talk podcast. And also Bobby Chiu’s channel in Youtube.

CRITIQUE

This is probably the hardest one when you don’t have teachers around. Where to get critique on your art?

I think most important thing is to train your own eye. It’s usually that our taste evolves faster than our skills. It helps if you put the drawing away for a couple of days – and then look at it again. Also try to look the art work from super far, upside down and trough a mirror. That way you might spot the errors yourself. But it’s still pretty damn hard to give honest and helpful critique to oneself.

There is facebook groups dedicated to drawing or painting where you can ask fellow members to give feedback on your works. Another option is to go to Quora and ask critique there on your art.

1 min bird sketch // How To Learn Art // Elli Maanpää Art 2018

1 min bird sketch // How To Learn Art // Elli Maanpää Art 2018

THANK YOU!
That was list of my tips and resources. I’d love to hear yours. You can comment in YouTube or Instagram or Facebook. Have an awesome week. See you next Tuesday. Inspire and be inspired!

Storytelling in Art – Questions

Questions about storytelling in art// Illustration by Elli Maanpää 2018
What do you think about storytelling in art? Narrativity was the main purpose of visual arts until the last centuries. Paintings were commissioned to tell stories about the events in religious mythologies. The gap between illustration and fine arts was not big. Only fairly recently – 19th century – the fine art took a turn to abstract expressions.

I’m fascinated about storytelling trough single hand drawn images. That’s why I chose it as my subject of study in my Thesis for the Turku University of Applied Sciences: How do images tell thousands of stories.

I’ve been collecting references by interviewing my artist and illustrator colleagues. But I want to ask my five questions also from you my dear blog readers. I’m going to add these questions to Quora where you can answer directly. Or send me an email to elli(at)maanpaa.com. If you feel the inspiration to share your thought’s on visual storytelling that would be highly appreciated.

1. Are you a visual artist? If so, do you think yourself as a visual storyteller? Why or why not?

2. What are your “go-to-tools” for telling a story with your art?

3. Is text important in your art – is it included inside the picture or outside: title, article, description?

4. What is the spectators role in the visual story: can the story be misinterpreted? Has that happen to you?

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. See you on Tuesday with a new video post.
Questions about storytelling in visual art// Illustration by Elli Maanpää 2018

Questions about storytelling in art// Illustration by Elli Maanpää 2018

Enviously Yours

Enviously Yours: Two Face // Elli Maanpää illustration from 2010
Envy. It usually takes over me when I’m browsing my Instagram feed. Oh their art is absolutely gorgeous: Why I’m not as good as them? Oh they look fabulous: Why I don’t look like them? Oh they are travelling the world: Why I’m sitting on my sofa looking at THEIR travel photographs? Oh they have zillion followers: Why I’m followed only by my mom?

In the worst case scenario it’s the same person being master of art, picture perfect beautiful and travelling on sail boat in the French Riviera. Like honestly, how do they do it? Why does it always seem that other people are making it. While I’m stuck where I am: skill wise, look wise, money wise.

Time to leave the un-attractive self-pity behind. In today’s post I share some tips how handle your envy and how it also can be used as a tool.

SELF-KNOWLEDGE

When I first start feeling envious in a way that it makes me blue I need to do internal scanning: Am I tired, do I have headache, am I stressed and hungry. We are not always feeling 100%. If I look at the “perfect life” pictures at my 30% I might channel my bad mood into feeling envious.

At that moment my brain tells me that my life sucks and the person who’s picture I’m looking has everything I wanted. Even though that might not be true…

Enviously Yours: What Success Feels Like // Elli Maanpää illustration from 2010

Enviously Yours: What Success Feels Like // Elli Maanpää illustration from 2010

TOOL

…like the other night I learned that Sara Forsberg – Finnish YouTube sensation – is a TV host not only in several Finnish shows but in UK. Her main career is being a singer-songwriter. On the side she has acted in several films, made an alien language to the Star Wars movie and designed her own clothing line. Not to mention she looks like a goddess and is way younger than me.

So she has quite a repertoire. But I’ve never wanted to be a TV-host or musician. Also I think I’d be confused if I’d be as pretty as her. I don’t actually want her life. So why am I envious of her?

Probably because I’m starting to be frustrated at being “just” a student. I don’t want to be seen as a hobbyist or amateur. I have an impressive study record and portfolio but I need to work on my self-confidence to be proud of what I’ve done.

This is where envy becomes handy. It’s a tool. List all the things the person who you’re envious about has. Find the things that matter to you. Those can become your goals. Envy works as guidepost where to headed next.

EVERYBODY POOPS

As the amazing Sunny Lenarduzzi said on her video “How to like yourself”:

“Everybody poops”

Envy is kind of pointless since you never know the whole picture. It’s easy to think someone else has it easier but that’s not true. We all have our cargos to carry.

Social media is just like any media: it’s biased and branded. Nobody makes vlogs about their days with diarrhoea – and thank god for that.

It’s the best to be you since you know already your strengths and weaknesses. You know how to handle your own s***.

Enviously Yours: All You Need // Elli Maanpää illustration from 2010

Enviously Yours: All You Need // Elli Maanpää illustration from 2010

BEING HAPPY FOR OTHERS

This can be hard one if you’re unhappy at the moment and you’d rather be happy as the person in the picture you’re looking. But I promise you that if you can feel happy for the others it makes you happier too.

I believe I’m not only me but an atom of the world. I’m part of the whole. So when somebody else in this world gets good news it’s also good news for me. There’s ripples of goodness, lightness and gladness in the universe with every happy encounter. You’ll feel lighter if you accept to receive the happiness of others too.

GRATITUDE

It’s easy to take for granted all that you already have: being blind of your own success. If you feel that there’s nothing in your own life you are grateful of, ask a person who loves and admires you: what would they do if they would be you for one day?

I asked this from my boyfriend and his answer still makes me smile. He answered “I would first paint and then I would make myself cool clothes”. He made me realize that those are skills I have. I’m actually pretty lucky I can paint beautiful pictures and make myself clothes if I want to. Not everybody can.

Also knowing your core values in life makes everything easier. I’m grateful of my close relationships with friends and family that are drama-free.

Enviously Yours: Two Face // Elli Maanpää illustration from 2010

Enviously Yours: Two Face // Elli Maanpää illustration from 2010

“Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own.” Harold Coffin

GO AWAY FROM SOCIAL MEDIA

If you’re like me: the most envious moments come while browsing social media. Sometimes it’s time to shut down the phone and the computer and read a good book instead.

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Thank you so much for reading. What are you envious about? Let me know in Instagram or Facebook. See you next Tuesday with a video post about How to self-study art for free. Until then. Inspire and be inspired.

Enviously yours, Elli

P.S. The art work in this post is illustrations I originally did for Satyyri web publications 2010.

 

Aspiring Artist Blog – New Posts On Tuesdays

Elli Maanpää Art Trailer 2018
Welcome to the aspiring artist and animation student blog. I decided to simplify my posting schedule a little bit. For now on there’s a new blog posts every Tuesday.

Every other Tuesday the post is also a vlog: a video published in my Elli Maanpää Art YouTube Channel. But my main focus is in my own blog. The one you’re reading as we’re speaking. Here I can supervision better the look and feel of it all: being the art director of my own artist life.

I published new video trailer to celebrate the new schedule. I hope you like it. Inspire and be inspired.

Easter Feast

Easter Egg Art by Elli Maanpää // Fazer Mignon // 2018
I’m little late to the Easter party since it is already the Easter Monday. But nevertheless: Happy Easter 2018!

I enjoyed my Fazer Mignon to the fullest by creating some Easter egg art.

We travelled to west coast of Finland with my loved ones – bearded boyfriend Vesa and Cocco-the-Cat – to visit our family. I’ve been working hard and exercising (as you can see from the pictures below). We always look picture perfect with Cocco. #keepingitreal

Holiday mood: Daydreaming with Cocco // Photos by me and Vesa 2018

Holiday mood: Daydreaming with Cocco // Photos by me and Vesa 2018

I hope you’ve had as relaxing Easter as I’ve had. Enjoy the chocolate while it lasts. Happy Easter Hunny Bunnies!