Unfinished Hues

Even though I didn’t complete Huevember – which I talked about in this post – I’m still pretty amazed of the 18 digital paintings I was able to create in November-December 2017. The Penguin In The Sky (3rd from top) is probably my personal favourite. It’s based on a sketch I did earlier in ROM: Royal Ontario Museum so it’s also a memory of fun day sketching in the museum in Toronto with my dear friend Chang. Now I’ve purchased my own Wacom (finally!) so I’m definitely going to explore digital painting further. digital art illustration Elli Maanpaa 2017digital art illustration Elli Maanpaa 2017digital art illustration Elli Maanpaa 2017digital art illustration Elli Maanpaa 2017digital art illustration Elli Maanpaa 201713_huevember_elliMaanpaa_4hdigital art illustration Elli Maanpaa 2017digital art illustration Elli Maanpaa 2017digital art illustration Elli Maanpaa 201709_huevember_elliMaanpaa_9h

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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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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.

Blind Contour Self Portrait

This was one of the exercise we’ve done for Beverley Ransom‘s wonderful Drawing for 3D Modelling and Animation -course. Blind Contour is a drawing technique where you draw the contour of an subject – in this case my own face – while you’re not allowed to look at the paper. You can look at your drawing only when repositioning the pen. I absolutely love this technique. It’s so much fun. And the self portrait turned out freaking awesome.

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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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Which Tee I Choose?

Draw With Jazza announced the Artsy Tee Design challenge finalists. There were over 800 designs submitted and three finalists chosen. Sadly my design Art Is Not For Ninnies didn’t make the cut. So it was time to take this shirt into my own hands – since I want it so bad. I uploaded the design into my Redbubble store. Now I should just choose between the Women’s Fitted Scoop or Women’s Relaxed Fit T-shirt. What do you think? Which one should I order? You can also comment by participating the Twitter poll.

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Art Is Not For Ninnies also on Stickers, Tote Bags and Wall Clocks.art-is-not-for-ninnies_elli-maanpaa_shop_2017