Home Away From Home

Do you remember last summer when I was looking for a room to rent from Toronto for the Autumn? I do. It felt like a hard task since the real estate market is booming: everybody want’s to move to Toronto. But thanks to good luck angels I found a room before I it was time to move.

The home I found from Toronto was welcoming from the start, filled with good energy. My roommate became Canadian sister for me showing where to get the best deals on fresh fruits.

In these two drawings I tried to capture the spirit of my Toronto home. These are also home assignments for the Drawing for 3D animation class. The aim was to study light and reflections. I used different paper but same col-erase pencil in both of them. The first drawing is from the backyard. I always imagined two poets sitting on these chairs gossiping about the essence of life. And in the 2nd one you can see our home mascot: Tito and his eyes full of love.

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Building A Cartoon Character

This was one fun assignment in the Drawing for 3D animation class by Beverley Ransom. The task was to design your own cartoon characters and then draw their skeletons. This is pretty much what riggers in 3D animation need to do. I drew my guardian angel Mikael and his sidekick Furry.

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Learning Digital Painting – Huevember

Do you know those people who do everything with mouse – even graphic design and illustration? Or even worse: the people who use only the trackpad of their laptop? Well. I was one of those people. I’ve been doing all my computer graphics using the trackpad of my macbook for the last 10 years.

Now I encountered the chance of a lifetime to tackle this beast. Our school – Centennial College – let’s their students rent small Wacom Intuos drawing tablets for free. So as it is the teacher strike going and our classes cancelled – I’ve thrown myself into learning how to do paint digitally with the tablet. I’ve looked for tutorials online and this one by Loish herself is one of my favourites. November is time of Huevember so that served as a perfect starting point for my progress. I’m loosely using movies as references. Can you tell which ones?

These eight illustrations took about 46 hours to make. I’m planning in the future use digital painting as the sketch before big size acrylic paintings. So I can play with the composition and the colours. I’m also excited to make stand alone illustrations completely digitally – like these ones.

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How About The 3D Animation Studies?

I finally had a chance to look trough the material I’ve filmed at school here in Toronto. I edited a video about my 3D animation studies in Centennial College. I also list 5 good reasons why to do exchange studies – and 1 reason why not.

As it is the 4th week of the Ontario teacher strike going on it’s a bit bittersweet to talk about the studies right now. But then again when I went trough the amount of clips and sketches from the first six weeks of school I noticed that I’ve already learned a lot in that time.

I’ve been pretty active during the strike as well. Not so much with the 3D stuff – you might understand why after looking the video – but with making art and learning new skills. I’ll tell you more about those projects later. Thank you for tuning in. Have an awesome weekend.

P.S. I’m sorry. There is a typo in my drawing teachers name in the video. She is Beverley Ransom.

Halloween Art

It’s the Halloween holidays. This is actually first time I’m officially celebrating Halloween since in Finland we don’t really have it. Some of the yard decorations in Toronto are just amazing: ghosts, zombies, skeletons, spiders… you name it. Tomorrow I get to help my roommate to hand out candies to kids.

I wanted to celebrate the occasion by making an Halloween themed illustration. What do you think of my little Vampire. So innocent and cute. Just enjoying the flowers… Didn’t see that coming did you?

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Classmate Sketching

Sometimes I get shy when sketching people in public. People often sense that someone is looking at them. If they catch me staring at them I get embarrassed. Some people smile and that smile I love. That means they give their approval. They are ok that I’m inspired by their appearance. But if they seem annoyed I stop drawing them of course. And change the subject.

We decided to make things easier for ourselves for the school assignment : Draw five 10-20 minute long sketches of people. We got together with my classmates and drew each other. Meet Mikhaela, Lazo, Chang and Tricia plus two students from the Story Arts Center that I do not know.

Our teacher liked the “lyrical lines” in my drawings. What a beautiful thing to say.

5 Things To Love About Toronto

I’ve been planning and filming material for this video since I arrived to Toronto. The video was first called 5 things about Toronto but as I noticed my tone talking about these five things it’s clear that it’s a matter of love. I will do another video later about my animation studies here in Toronto. So stay tuned for that.