Try Something New Everyday

First video from Toronto. First speed drawing comicstrip video. First time riding a mechanical bull. Try something new everyday. So worth it.

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Autumn Moodboard

This is my Autumn 2017 moodboard. I’ve told you before my healthy obsession to create moodboards from inspirational illustration, quotes and photographs I find from Pinterest. And then I use them as my wallpaper. As it is a beginning of a new – in so many ways – season I put on my rosy glasses and imagined what this Autumn is gonna be about: art, 3D, new friends, travel and laughter.fall2017-mindmap

Summer Recap

Before we head into Autumn and the exchange studies in 3D animation here in Toronto Canada I wanted to give my last tribute to an awesome summer back in Finland. Weather-wise it wasn’t the warmest but otherwise it was one warmhearted summer with awesome people (and cats). Thank you summer for being so good for us. See you again next year.

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This was fun. One of the biggest projects I worked on this summer was making a cover illustrations for Ville Karttunen‘s upcoming children music album Superradio. I did the drawings with ballpoint pen which was a new art supply for me. But I love the end result. See the whole process of the cover illustration from this week’s video at Elli Maanpää Art. Ville Karttunen is having a crowdfunding campaign for the album so go check out mesenaatti.me. You can also buy cool merchandise from there: like the Superradio Tee I designed too. Picture below. Check out also the shorter art music video for the single Superradio.

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I Am An Animation Animal

You remember the puppet animation short we were working on in Turun Taideakatemia last Spring? Well I just noticed I never showed you these funniest still photographs we took on the last day of shooting. My idea was to finish the sound design and post production this summer – but life happened. Good life: apprenticeship in Pyjama, painting and illustration projects, holiday travelling and my weekly videos to the Elli Maanpää Art channel. So as I’m leaving to Toronto for the exchange next week I will let this film rest in my editing board for a little while longer. But I won’t let it get forgotten since it turned out pretty awesome. It’s going to be released Spring 2018. P.S. If there’s interested producers out there send me an email to elli(at)maanpaa.com.

And talking about my animation work: My 2D drawn animation Point of View will be screened in TAFF Turku Animated Film Festival this week in the Fresh from Finland screening on Thursday the 24th at 8pm and on Sunday the 27th at 1.30pm. I just learned also that the whole screening will be seen in the Helsinki International Film Festival too this Autumn. And that’s pretty awesome. So I think the title of this blog post is well earned, right?

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2017 – Puppet animation classmates and the puppet makers from up right: Linda Hirvonen, Éva Darabos, Sade Lahti. Down right: Aino Eronen, Elli Maanpää, Anna Mikkola, Essi Peuraniemi, Konsta Hormia, Emma Rautala.

How to Draw A Teddy Bear (Eating a Banana With Kinder Toy Paint)

This video is dedicated to my nephew Teo. Since we ran out of time to draw this Teddy Bear together this summer – he lives in California and I in Finland – I decided we could do it in this modern telecommuting way. The art supplies I used were a paint set gotten from a Kinder chocolate egg and a red blue pencil.

Are you gonna draw your own Teddy Bear? If you are and want me to see it either send me a note or add a hastag #lookellilook to it in Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and I will check it out.

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Sunflower Fields Forever

Vincent Van Gogh painted sunflowers over and over again. Some say it’s because in his time sunflowers were popular decorative theme in art. Paintings with sunflowers were easier to sell. That might be true but for sure not the only reason to Van Gogh’s endless desire to convey the beauty of that golden flower. There is soul in a flower that’s been given a name of the sun. And even when the flower is in the end of his lifespan it still shines like a beautiful memory.

This week’s video is a new episode of What To Draw and – as you might have guessed – the theme was drawing flowers. Enjoy.


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