Heart Does Not Sleep

UMK 2015 - Elli Maanpää

Tasan viikko sitten lauantaina jännitin Ylen studiolla konserttiyleisössä. Olin siellä kannustamassa Pihka ja myrsky bändiä Uuden musiikin kilpailun UMK:n 1. karsinnassa. Heidän kappaleensa Sydän ei nuku on valloittava indiepopbiisi, joka jää sopivasti päähän soimaan.

Exactly week ago on Saturday I was being excited at the YLE studios. I was there supporting the band Pihka ja myrsky in the UMK song contest. Their song Sydän ei nuku (in English Heart Does Not Sleep) is charming indie pop song that stays in your head.

Pihka ja myrsky / Korkeasaaren Teatteri 2015

Surreaalia, että vain viikkoa aiemmin sain olla itse keikalla Pihka ja myrsky bändin keulakuvien Lassen ja Hennan kanssa, kun Korkeasaaren Teatteri veti minikonsertin pohjoismaiden eläintarhanhoitajille. Löydätkö Lassen ja Hennan yllä olevista kuvista (vinkki: vasemmalla)? Minä olen Korkeasaaren Teatterin kuvassa tuo pusuhuuli toisena oikealta.

Surreal that only week before I had been on a gig with Pihka ja myrsky rock idols Lasse and Henna since the Korkeasaari Teatteri did miniconcert for the Scandinavian zookeepers. Can you find Lasse and Henna from the photos above (hint: on left)? I’m the pouty mouth second from right in the Korkeasaari Teatteri pic.

Pihka ja myrsky sign by Elli Maanpää 2015

Lauantai alkoi – kunnon fanitytön tapaan – kyltin tekemisellä. Se sai osakseen somerakkautta jo ennen konserttia kun postasin kuvan twitteriin.

Saturday started – like it does with all true fan girls – by making a fan sign. The sign got a lot of social-media-love before the concert after I posted it to twitter.

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Pihka ja myrsky esiintyi karsinnoissa neljäntenä. Heidän shownsa oli mielettömän hyvä. Kauniiseen biisiin oli yhdistetty hauska visuaalinen korografia liikkuvine kajareineen. Jos alussa rokkikukkoja vähän jännitti, niin viimeistään ensimmäisen kertosäkeen kohdalla esiintyminen oli muuttunut silkaksi nautinnoksi. Voit katsoa live esiintymisen täältä.

Pihka ja myrsky performed in the fourth place. Their show was spectacular. The catchy song was accompanied by fun visual choreography with moving loudspeakers. If the rockers were little bit nervous in the beginning it changed to  enjoyment of performing already before the first chorus. You can see their live performance here.UMK15 Tiia Santavirta Photography 2015

Minä nautin keikasta (ja koko konsertista) suunnattomasti, mutta myötäelin myös jännityksessä niin vahvasti, ettei minulla ole illasta kovin selvää muistikuvaa. Kuulin myöhemmin että olin vilahdellut useasti myös suorassa TV-lähetyksessä kylttini kanssa. Jee.

I enjoyed their performance (and the whole concert) enormously but I also sympathized in the excitement so strongly that my memories of the night are not very clear. I heard later that I also had had my fifteen-seconds-of-fame in the national TV with my sign. Jeah.UMK 2015 YLE

Lopuksi julistettiin äänestystulos. Pihka ja myrsky ei tällä kertaa päässyt UMK finaaliin. Pettymys kirpaisi, vaikkei se ollut täysin odottamaton sillä samassa karsinnassa kilpaili pari suurta ennakkosuosikkia, kuten Satin Circus ja Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. Minun silmissäni Pihkis on kuitenkin voittaja.

Ultimately they announced the vote results. Pihka ja myrsky did not make to the UMK finals this time. It was a disappointment even though the result was not completely unexpected since P&M competed in the same elimination as the two biggest front runners Satin Circus and Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. In my eyes though Pihka ja myrsky is the winner.
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Tänä iltana tulee 2. karsinta YLE TV2 klo 21 ja 3. karsinta ensi lauantaina. Sitten ollaankin jo finaalissa, jossa Suomen tämän vuoden Euroviisu-edustaja valitaan. Elämme jännittäviä aikoja.

Tonight is the 2nd elimination in YLE TV2 at 9pm and the 3rd elimination next Saturday. Then it’s already the finals where this years Eurovision song contest competitor of Finland will be selected. We live exciting times.

Dog King

When I told my friend I was designing an illustration about dogs his first response was “I’m sorry“. He saw me so much as a cat person (I’ve done many paintings and illustrations about cats) that he tough that designing dogs would not be so fun for me. But it really is quite the opposite. Yes I love cats but I love dogs too. I’m like this.

What I adore about dogs is that they always seem be full of joy. Also they can’t hide their feelings at all. Imagine a human with a dog tail trying to say “No, I’m not at all excited to see you again” but the tail waving like crazy. Would you believe the words or the tail? Cats are loving and mysterious. Dogs are loving and honest.

Now let’s talk about the design. I did this Dog King illustration to Hau-Hau Champion illustration contest. The task was to design dog cup, tablet and a print for a t-shirt with the theme Passionate About Dogs. Judges chose 9 designs to the finals and my Dog King made it to the finalists. Jey! You can vote the design in facebook Hau-Hau Champion page by liking the picture. The winner is chosen by the amount of likes in the facebook. Below more about the making of the design.

dog_king_hauhauchampion_ellimaanpaa_design_2014_4The story of this design starts from the jogging trail. One day I saw a man running with a t-shirt that had a A4 size photograph of a running dog. Maybe it was his own dog in the picture I figured since  the shirt had self-made vibe. Designed wise I thought that is a great idea for a t-shirt print. How much fun it’s to run in a good company you’ll have only by wearing this shirt!dog_king_hauhauchampion_ellimaanpaa_design_2014_5Doodling is important part of the designing process. Trying out different dimensions and characters.

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Then some hard work at the computer (at the Heya workroom). I’m finalizing the four happy chaps.

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One of my favorite parts (aren’t they all) is trying out different color options. Here is yellow-orange-purple version of the doggies.

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But in the end I decided to go with only 4 bright and bold colors: red, yellow, black and white – to keep the design compact and graphic. Below is the t-shirt print. That is 3 color print on a red shirt.

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The dog food cup’s image area is very wide so I made it like a dog fortress. These guys won’t share their food (unless you’re really nice person and give them some treats in return).

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And last but not least is the pattern for the tablet: Dog King craziness. Hope you like it. If you do please like it also here and share the design joy with friends. Thank you so much!

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Vote

The European Parliament Election went already but you can still make a difference by voting my Cool Cat -design in the Paulig’s Frezza poster contest (has nothing to do with the European Parliament Election). The voting goes on until the 12th of June. Please vote by liking the poster here and share the link ☞ http://www.paulig.fi/kampanja/frezza/julisteet/638/ Thank you!coolcat_frezza_ellimaanpaa_2014_netti

Cool Cat

Now I need you’re help! I’ve participated in a poster design contest organized by Paulig Frezza. Frezza is a cold coffee drink which comes in 4 different flavors: Latte, Forte, Mocca, Vanilla. Their slogan is Viilenny Frezzalla which means Get Cool With Frezza. In my poster illustration (below) I combined visual elements I love: cat, mustache and a little bit retro feel. The brown shades I borrowed from the new Frezza bottle colors and brighten the color map with pink and turquoise. You can see my design below. Like it?

Good! Now please also like it here since the winner is chosen by the amount of likes. The voting goes on until the 12th of June. The winner gets her design displayed as a huge print to the centrum of Helsinki next Summer and 5000€. Would be pretty cool! If I win I’ll offer all the people who vote and share my design coffees (Frezza of course) in our workroom Heya in Helsinki! Thank you for your support!coolcat_frezza_ellimaanpaa_2014_nettiP.S. Below is additional making of photograph. I love love love the fact I can carry my office anywhere with me. This time I worked in the Turku Library since I’m in town visiting my parents. I wonder if the young man in the right corner is taking a picture as well? If you’re visiting Turku I highly recommend visiting the library – it’s simply a lovely place.coolcat_makingof_ellimaanpaa_2014

Ukkosmaine Book In Person

On Easter Monday morning I met up with Ville Karttunen from Ukkosmaine and he brought me the printed Ukkosmaine book: Salamaponin selässä – Ukkosmaineen tarinoita which he has written and I’ve illustrated. You’ve already seen glimpses of this book in the making of the cover post and some sketches of the illustrations.ukkosmaine_kauppatori_book_2014 Our plan was to celebrate the finished book and cheer it with some special coffees or sparkling wine. But it was the Easter Monday and no place were open. Finally we found a cooking booth in the Helsinki Market Square that sold fried vendace fish and soft drinks. So coke it was. But the sun was shining and coke tasted good while browsing trough the book that looked exactly as planned and even better. It’s always great feeling to see the final product in person and feel it in your hands. So cool. Cheers!

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I’m on the left and the writer Ville Karttunen on the right. Photographs by Elli and Ville 2014

Here are some more photographs of the book. Both outside and inside. ukkosmaine_book_ellimaanpaa_2014_1  ukkosmaine_book_ellimaanpaa_2014_2  ukkosmaine_book_ellimaanpaa_2014_3  ukkosmaine_book_ellimaanpaa_2014_7  ukkosmaine_book_ellimaanpaa_2014_6  ukkosmaine_book_ellimaanpaa_2014_7  ukkosmaine_book_ellimaanpaa_2014_8

Here is my desktop at the Heya workroom. Do you notice something new around here (other than it’s a bit messy)? ukkosmaine_book_ellimaanpaa_2014_9Yes. Well spotted! It’s of course the new Ukkosmaine poster in the right corner looking bright and cheerful.
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The book will be released officially on the 30th of April and you can pre order it here.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST I thought I would organize little LOTTERY with you guys. The prize: One Salamaponin selässä book with my autograph (value 19,95€). The book is in Finnish but maybe you’re interested in learning the language or then you can just concentrate on looking at the photographs and illustrations. I promise you this book will be collecting treasure later on. What you have to do is like Ukkosmaine facebook page here and follow my blog either trough  wordpress, facebook or bloglovin. Then just leave your email address to the comment box below. You have time to enter until the 1st of May 2014. Ok? Go!