Elli Maanpää

Animated Painter

Tag: professional illustrator

Ladybug Illustration

Ladybug Illustration - Elli Maanpää 2018

When I’m not painting I’m working on illustration commissions like this ladybug illustration. My favourite Finnish children music artist Ville Karttunen won the national The Best New Kid’s Song -contest this year with his song Leppäkertun sadelaulu. The title means Ladybug’s Rainy Day Song. The song is cute and cosy and made me remember that

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

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. I

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

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

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

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

Key To Happiness In Life

Key To Happiness in Life // Elli Maanpää Art Blog and Illustration // 2018

Key to happiness in life is… moving to Finland. According to the report made by UN 2018 Finland is the happiest nation in the world. Read an article about it here. The funny thing is: most Finns don’t have a clue that were so happy. We think it’s the opposite. We know our neighbours, people