Elli Maanpää

Visual Artist Elli Maanpää // Contact: elli@maanpaa.com

Elli Maanpää

Dreams Vs Reality

Dreams vs Reality // Elli Maanpää Art Blog // 2018
Which is better: dreams vs reality? I think reality and I tell you why in a second.

DREAM

But first. Let’s look at this amazing image of a painting studio. It has been on my Pinterest Living Like a Hippie Royal wish list for a long time. Quite a dream, right?!

Dream Art Studio // Dreams vs Reality: Elli Maanpää Blog, 2018

Dream Art Studio // Dreams vs Reality: Elli Maanpää Blog, 2018

Well let me tell you: It’s not real. Only today I discovered that the image above is actually a skilfully done 3D model. It’s been rendered, textured and lit wonderfully. You can see it made step by step here. But it doesn’t exist. Nobody actually can use this space for painting since it only exists in the virtual world.

REALITY

Now we can take a look at this image below.

Real Art Studio // Dreams vs Reality: Elli Maanpää Blog, 2018

Real Art Studio // Dreams vs Reality: Elli Maanpää Blog, 2018

Quite blunt and boring painting space? Not as much Pinterest dream painting studio material as the first one. But this one exists and it works. It’s reality. And the best part: it’s mine.

Reality isn’t always as “dreamy” as the dreams. It’s also rainy days and slow Mondays. But when you know what you need to get where you want – the reality is the most exciting thing I know.

To have a place that is dedicated to painting means it’s my time to stop making excuses why I’m not painting even when it’s something I really want to do – and what I’m pretty good at.

When I said to my boyfriend that, “painting in my studio has felt like I’ve came home”. He stated that, “no wonder”. My new painting studio is based in my childhood room in my parent’s home. You can watch this short video of the process of clearing the room into a painting studio which I posted in my Facebook Page.

Painting Studio

I've been needing a space to paint for a while now. I love working home with my muse Cocco the Cat and it works well when I'm drawing or working on a computer. But it's been impossible to work on larger acrylic/oil paintings since there's not enough room to hang them dry safely. Cocco has a bad habit of biting/eating everything so it, wouldn't be good to him (to eat paint) nor the paintings. After looking at painting studios (which are a dream but a bit too pricey at this animation-student stage) I asked my parent’s if I could use my old room as painting studio for the next year. They said “Yes” so now I have a place dedicated only for painting. And that’s just absolutely awesome.

Geplaatst door Elli Maanpää Art op Donderdag 21 juni 2018

Maybe it’s not the fanciest painting studio but money is time. I made the decision to rather have more time to create my own art than take more illustration work to pay for the fancy painting studio. At this stage, that I still have one year left of my studies, it was a smart move for me. I’m thankful that my parents were able to offer me the space for my use for now.

Paintings in the making // Dreams vs Reality: Elli Maanpää Blog, 2018

Paintings in the making // Dreams vs Reality: Elli Maanpää Blog, 2018

Folks, I have news for us: It’s all up to ourselves. I’m a fair believer in day dreaming and goal setting. Still it’s the reality which makes me most empowered. I’m taking actual steps towards my goals. If I want to become the biggest contemporary painter of my time – it’s my job to make it happen.

If you have a dreams of your own make a decision today that gets you little closer to them. It doesn’t need to be a big step. Even just stating your dream out loud and believing in them. Make dreams into reality since reality is the only life you’ll have.

Art Idols

Elli Maanpää Blog: Art Idols, 2018
I have a new set of Art Idols. Here is three artist who’s works I found and fell in love with recently. I also want to share why their works speak to me. They are both contemporary and historical painters.

HENRI DE TOLOUSE-LAUTREC

Let’s start from the turning point of visual arts – especially in painting. In the late 19th century in France lived the great artist Henri de Tolouse-Lautrec. He might be most known for his illustration work for cabarets like Moulin Rouge. But it’s his paintings too that were revolutionary.

“I paint things as they are. I don’t comment. I record.”

– Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

He had an amazing ability to capture movement. Also he had a sensitive eye to people’s personalities and was able to capture that with his bruh. I also admire his ability to leave the paintings partly un-painted. It’s intriguing to see the pencil sketch below the paint. It makes me think of the quote by Leonardo da Vinci.

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.”

Leonardo da Vinci

In time I want to learn to be as confident with my paintings. Since I love the looseness of the sketches and doodles more than the perfectly rendered photorealistic paintings. So I would not over work my paintings.

SEBASTIAN CHILLEMI

Sebastian Chillemi is a contemporary painter living in Buenos Aires in Argentina. I found his paintings trough Pinterest. His works really spark and inspirations in me. Especially the colourful portraits that are filled with geometric doodles and loose flower ornaments.

It’s also always about the eyes. Look at the eyes he painted: they’re so full of soul. I could look into these eyes for ever.

MALCOLM T. LIEPKE

The first time I saw Malcolm T. Liepke‘s art works was in Toronto Art Fair last Autumn. Which was also the very first Art Fair I’ve ever visited. It was this Swan Dive painting (oil on linen) below. No wonder I fell in love with him (meaning his art). Red and blue and perfection of brushstrokes.

Malcolm T. Liepke: Swan Dive, 2017

Malcolm T. Liepke: Swan Dive, 2017

He is very highly valued contemporary painter who’s style is admired and copied quite a lot. He’s subjects are often very sensual and delicious. I mean who doesn’t admire beauty no matter what your gender preference? He knows how to stage a inviting feeling with compositions and colours.

I get so exhilarated by looking at art. Of course seeing paintings live is the biggest kick but window watching online is such thrill as well. Thank you universe for having this tool called Internet for finding and learning from artist while sitting on my home sofa.

“Good artists copy, great artists steal.”

– Pablo Picasso

I’ve done my share of art copying. Now I’m entering to the world of stealing, as Picasso stated above. The influence of these three painters works as a seasoning in the art works I’m working on right now. I’m merely using the knowledge I’ve absorbed. After getting the full artistic brain boost it’s now my intuition that helps paint the art I can call my own.

Do you find these artist inspirational? Who’s your biggest art inspiration right now? Let me know in facebook or instagram.

Have a good one. Inspire and be inspired. Love, Elli

Art Progress

Art Progress // Aspiring Artist Elli Maanpää Blog 2018
Art progress – or art journey – is not a straight line from not-being-an-artist to being-an-artist. As an aspiring artist I’m still only starting but I can share a little bit of my personal art progress.

I’ve stumbled upon a lot of my old art works lately since I’m turning my old childhood room into my painting studio for the next year. More about that later. But my room – and the whole house – is full of my art: drawings and paintings.

2001

From one shelf I found folder that said Wednesday Exhibition (Keskiviikkonäyttely) Elli Maanpää 2001. I’ve been fifteen when I drew them. It contained about ten pencil and marker drawings. I’ve probably had these drawings up in my parent’s office for Wednesday 17th of January 2001. But I have no memory of it.

Wednesday exhibition and Pruberty by Elli Maanpää 2001 // Art Progress // Aspiring Artist Blog 2018

Wednesday exhibition and Puberty by Elli Maanpää 2001 // Art Progress // Elli Maanpää Blog 2018

The first thing I noticed looking through the drawings that I was NO child prodigy. My lines are weak and wobbly and there’s basically no shading. Technically the drawings are rubbish and I’m little bit embarrassed to show them to you.

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh

But after the critique comes the other voice. Both inner voices are as important: the one who states what’s wrong and the other one who says what’s inspiring about them.

What I noticed was my imagination and the need for telling stories visually. I had titled the drawings: “Escape”, “Biggest Fear”, “Love at the first sight”, “Puberty” and so on.

Love at First Sight by Elli Maanpää 2001 // Art Progress // Aspiring Artist Blog 2018

Love at First Sight by Elli Maanpää 2001 // Art Progress // Elli Maanpää Blog 2018

I find the expression of the characters in the Love at First Sight insightful. There is mania of the passion. But also uncertainty and concern in the way the lady is tilting her head and man is leaning back even while running forward. Love at first sight can be both exhilarating and frightening at the same time.

I also love the expressive lines of the flying big. Such a shame I hadn’t named that one.

Flying pig by Elli Maanpää 2001 // Art Progress // Aspiring Artist Blog 2018

Flying pig by Elli Maanpää 2001 // Art Progress // Aspiring Artist Blog 2018

When I found these drawings my mom was next to me. When I stated how bad they were, she kept on saying: “You were so talented already back then”.  That’s one of my biggest secret ingredients for becoming a visual artist: the unconditional cheer of my parents. They even let me paint the walls of my room at the age of 11 – see the photograph in the end of this post.

Back when I was teen I had only my class mates to compare with on art skills. In that group I was one of the best at drawing. That gave me confidence of thinking about art as a career. If I’d be fifteen today at 2018 I’m not sure would I be discouraged or couraged by the social media. They’re so crazy talented people in Instagram. It’s hard not to compare yourself. Would the international selection of artist at the same-age-than-me had made me work harder or would it have crushed me thinking I’m not good enough to make it? I don’t know.

If there is young aspiring artists reading this blog post right now I want to say to you: It’s more important to have strong passion to create than be technically savvy. You can learn technique at any age. But without the urge to tell your own stories you might lose the inspiration of learning the technique and keeping on practising your vision.

2009

Self-portrait by Elli Maanpää 2009 // Art Progress // Aspiring Artist Blog 2018

Self-portrait by Elli Maanpää 2009 // Art Progress // Aspiring Artist Blog 2018

Let’s fast forward to 2009. This is a self-portrait from 2009 made with markers and acrylic paint. I’m still pretty impressed by it. I remember working from a reference I took with the the built-in camera on my computer. My most favourite part is the shadows on the cheek bones. I also like the intense stare but I wish the look in the eyes would be little deeper. The work is very flat – more like comic book type of work rather than fine art.

“Art cannot progress by sticking to what is already familiar” – Mieczysław Jastrun

If I would have continued with these materials – marker and acrylic together – I might have gotten something really interesting out of them. But I didn’t. I keep on chancing my medium. It’s both a blessing and a curse. Blessing because it’s good to keep experimenting. But curse for not settling to a style that people would recognise me for.

2017

Tyrannosaurus Tietta by Elli Maanpää 2017 // Art Progress // Aspiring Artist Blog 2018

Tyrannosaurus Tietta by Elli Maanpää 2017 // Art Progress // Aspiring Artist Blog 2018

This Tyrannosaurus Tietta painting – acrylics and oil pastels on 30cm x 30cm wood board  – from 2017 is one of my latest paintings. This is a direction which I want to explore further. Painting with acrylics and continuing with oil paints or pastels. Being both loose and detailed at the same time. Little bit like Toulouse-Lautrec’s paintings.

“In my inner soul art and life are inseparable.” – Eva Hesse

With my paintings I want to share my admiration of life and world’s creatures. To smile trough my art. But it’s not a forced smile. It’s the smile that twinkles in the eyes. I want to talk about the things that matter to me: nature, being humane to each other and seeing the inspiration around us.

Big themes and big art journey ahead. I’m ready. I’ve finally got the new studio cleaned so this week I can start painting. I’m super excited.

In my old childhood room and new painting studio 2018 // Art Progress // Elli Maanpää Blog 2018

In my old childhood room and new painting studio 2018 // Art Progress // Elli Maanpää Blog 2018

In the stories of my IG account @ellimaanpaa I share my art making progresses, every day life and inspiration. My facebook page is dedicated to all and everything creative in my life. I will organize a giveaway in both accounts in couple of weeks so come check them out.

Until next Tuesday: Inspire and be inspired. Have a wonderful Mid Summer celebrations!

Childhood Week

Childhood Week was awesome.  I got five out of the seven prompts done and I’m super pleased with that. I have now brand new illustrations to show you. I’m also going to share the stories that inspired the artworks.

In case you missed it, I talked more about what the Childhood Week is in the previous post.

I decided to draw my self as a lion-cat-person since that is pretty much what I was as a kid. My horoscope is Leo and I’ve always loved cats. I tried to follow our pet cats where ever they went. Sometimes I got stuck but often I just saw the world from a new perspective.

Elli Maanpää // Childhood Week Illustration: Tempting, 2018

Elli Maanpää // Childhood Week Illustration: Tempting, 2018

TEMPTING

I’m the youngest of four siblings. One day my dad surprised us and had a bought not only ice cream but also colourful ice cream sprinkles. That was superb. But since we all four kids were pretty feisty personas that one bottle of sprinkles got us fighting like cats and dogs. Who got the most and who didn’t get any at all.

Next time my dad bought instead of one bottle, FOUR bottles of sprinkles. He marked each bottle with our name. One for Elli. One for Vilma. One for Ville. And one for Juho.

I was always the first to finish my bottle. Not only because I had a serious sweet tooth but I always shared my sprinkles if my siblings asked. They think they tricked my when they first asked with the left hand if they could get some sprinkles and after that with the right hand. The right hand would be sad if it wouldn’t get any. It wouldn’t be right.

My memory is that I did know what was going on. I just enjoyed the fact they were playing with me and we’re so happy to get some extra sprinkles. No matter how much I liked the sprinkles I liked the feeling of sharing even more.

I’m still the same. What ever I have I use it and share it. Also my siblings are with their possessions as they were when they were kids. Ville is the next to spend his, then Juho and last Vilma – who is a master at saving.

Elli Maanpää // Childhood Week Illustration: Universe, 2018

Elli Maanpää // Childhood Week Illustration: Universe, 2018

UNIVERSE

My parent’s are soil engineers and entrepreneurs. Their office was – and still is – downstairs in the same house that we lived in.

That office was my Universe. At least after office hours. Not only it contained endless amounts of art tools (= office supplies) it was also place to practise my circus act: balancing beautifully on the postal tubes. I got pretty good at that, I must say. There was a full crowd in my imaginary audience.

Childhood Week, Layers of illustration, Elli Maanpää, 2018

Layers of the Childhood Week illustrations: First col-erase drawing. Second base colour compositions. Third shadows, lights and red cheeks. Fourth: Done!

In the image above I want to illustrate how many layers went into creating these illustrations. I first drew the drawings by hand with my blue col-erase pencil. Then I scanned and open it in Photoshop where I first did a simple colour compositions. Then I added shadow, light and detail layers. After adjusting everything to be just right, the illustration was finished. Jey.

Elli Maanpää // Childhood Week Illustration: Tales, 2018

Elli Maanpää // Childhood Week Illustration: Tales, 2018

TALES

I don’t remember what age I was when I found out Hugo Simberg’s paintings. He is a Finnish symbolist painter who lived in the 1800. Every painting of his tells a tale. He has lot of dark themes and humour in his paintings.

My illustration is tribute to his painting The Garden of Death (in the image below). The way he portraits death is very comforting. The skeletons seam fragile and caring. His art was especially important to me to look at when my grandma and my cat Väiski died.

There’s no life without death. It’s not to be scared since it nurtures life.

From top left: The original painting Garden of Death by Hugo Simberg // Up Right: Thumbnail sketch // Down Left: Blue col-erase drawing // // Down Right: Colours in Photoshop // Elli Maanpää Childhood Week Illustrations 2018

Progress of the Childhood Week – Tales illustration /// From top left: The original painting Garden of Death by Hugo Simberg // Up Right: Thumbnail sketch // Down Left: Blue col-erase drawing // Down Right: Colours in Photoshop (Elli Maanpää, 2018)

I based the Tales illustration heavily on the painting Garden of Death. But I didn’t want to copy it exactly. As you can see in the image above not only the characters are different I also changed the positions, flowers and the background to better suit my visual tale.

The first sketch in the up right is the thumbnail sketch. I usually start my artworks by doodling in a very small scale to get the feel of the illustration. Only after I start to work on the final piece.

Elli Maanpää // Childhood Week Illustration: Guardian, 2018

Elli Maanpää // Childhood Week Illustration: Guardian, 2018

GUARDIAN

If you have siblings you know that they are both you’re best friends and your worst enemies when you’re a kid. Since I was the youngest I felt like others were always bullying me. We fought especially lot with my big brother Juho who was only two years older than me.

But our neighbour Ari was kind of third big brother to me. He was “the kind one”. He was my Guardian. Ari tried to cool off the fights between me and brother. When Juho hit me, I got so angry and tried to hit him back. If Ari was playing with us he said: “Hit me instead”, so that the situation would calm down.

I don’t remember if I did hit him. Probably not very hard at least since he was my friend.

He was few years older than us and way more mature. He was the peace maker. I’m not surprised that he’s now an orthodox priest and has a big family of his own. Thank you Ari for always being the extra-big-brother to me.

Elli Maanpää // Childhood Week Illustration: Sun, 2018

Elli Maanpää // Childhood Week Illustration: Sun, 2018

SUN

Sun and childhood together makes me think of our family trip to the sunny New Mexico when I was a 7-years-old. My oldest big brother Ville was graduating from High School there.

The story how Ville graduated from High School in the States is a story of it’s own. He left there as a teen to do exchange studies but decided to fought his way to stay for good. He didn’t even speak English when he left but he learned it quickly. He’s very untypical Finn: super social and laughs a lot. So in the 90’s he felt more at home in the States than in Finland.

Thanks to him the trip was AMAZING! We saw The Gran Canyon, Las Vegas, some very big orange rocks and huge forests and everything. I also fell in love with the food – mostly tacos. Tacos are SO good!

Also this 2-piece yellow outfit is from that trip. It had a Mexican themed prints with cactuses, sombreros, maracas and also fringes and frills. I loved it. I was one of my faves as a kid and that’s why I chose to use that one for all of the Childhood Week illustrations.

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Thank you for accompanying me to my childhood memory lane. I also added these illustrations to my brand new INPRINT shop if you’re interested to get some postcards or gallery-quality giclée art prints. It’s absolutely the best way to support me as an artist. You get a beautiful print and I get affirmations that I should keep on making happy-go-lucky art. See you next Tuesday.

The creative adult is the child who survived.” -Ursula Leguin

Childhood Pictures

Childhood pictures // Elli Maanpää Blog 2018
Childhood pictures since I’m participating to the Childhood Week. Jey!

I want to show you couple of photographs from my childhood taken by my dad and mom. Don’t tell my brother that I posted a picture of him as a child since he might not be as thrilled. I know my parents won’t mind.

Summer vibes -Childhood pictures // Elli Maanpää Blog 2018

Summer vibes – Childhood pictures // Elli Maanpää Blog 2018

I cannot get over the fact how cute we look. We were best buddies with my brother as kids. He’s always been important to me, like big brothers often are.

Childhood week is a one-week-long challenge invented by Beatrice Blue. Beatrice organises it internationally twice a year. During the week you publish every day an art work inspired by your childhood. There is a prompt list you can follow (below) but it’s no way necessary. There’s no rules written on stone.

Childhood Week - Summer 2018 // Prompt list by Beatrice Blue

Childhood Week – Summer 2018 // Prompt list by Beatrice Blue

I’ve been wanting to participate for a long time. Now it was time to end making excuses. Even in the middle of commissioned work (thank you for the work!) it’s important to do my own art too. I love this chance to make personal illustrations that reflect memories from my childhood.

You can follow my illustration daily in instagram or facebook. I will post all of them here in the blog next Tuesday.

Until then: inspire and be inspired (by your childhood)!

Always making faces - Childhood pictures // Elli Maanpää Blog 2018

I’m the one always making faces – Love my family // Elli Maanpää Blog 2018

Change Ahead

Change Ahead // Life update // Elli Maanpää 2018
Change is ahead. But that is good since only thing constant in life is change.

I got great news this Monday. Next Fall I’m going to do internship in an exciting firm in Helsinki. I’m going to tell more about that later.

This is fabulous but it also means I need to speed up with my commissioned work so that I can start working on my creative thesis as soon as possible. My plan is to graduate next Spring.

My creative thesis will be an art exhibition. I’ll have large acrylic paintings that you scan with your phone to see an animated version of the painting. I’m super excited about this project. I’m still looking for a gallery space for next March or April so if you have any tips be sure to email me at elli(at)maanpaa.com.

To maximize the time I have, I decided to put my vlogs on hold. It was hard decision to make but I want to have my 100% concentration on the work, thesis and the internship.

“I close my eyes to old ends and open my heart to new beginnings” – Nick Frederickson

I’m still going to continue posting here in my blog every Tuesday. Just no videos, only words and pictures.

Blossoming Sneaker // Drawing done with W&N brush markers // Change Ahead: Elli Maanpää 2018

Blossoming Sneaker // Drawing done with W&N brush markers // Change Ahead: Elli Maanpää 2018

Also if you’re interested to see how my projects evolve in real time you’re welcome to follow me in Instagram @ellimaanpaa where I’m very active.

This drawing – in the picture – was a congratulations card for my cousin who graduated as Personal Trainer last weekend. I drew it with Winsor and Newton brush markers – which I looooove.

Thank you bearing with me through all the change. I appreciate it so much. Love you. Elli

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