Rocking Duck

One of the most challenging classes for me in Centennial College 3D animation was the Introduction to Maya: Modelling and texturing with the great Bohdan Ruzycky. Maya is known to be the Mount Everest of 3D programmes. It’s a fantastic programme since you can do so much with it. But the learning curve in the beginning is super high since there is so much to learn.

After spending hours and hours in the lab working on the assignments and asking help from the teachers and student peers I got hang of the modelling. I designed and modelled this rocking duck which I’m pretty proud of. Only sadly I didn’t finish it before it was time to fly back to Finland. Without the support of the lab (both the peers and computers) I had difficulties to finalising the wooden vintage texture. I’m still pretty amazed that what I doodled turned out looking like an actual object in the real world. The magic of 3D.


French French Fries Town

This is a my concept design sketch of a French French Fries Town in perspective for Matthew Lyon’s character design course. Idea and drawing by me. It’s drawn with blue Col Erase pencil. I think this would look cool coloured, don’t you think?


Art That Sells

This week I had a chance to visit Mikkeli Housing Fair. I spent my time well by studying what kind of art have people put on the walls of their dream houses. I found three recurrent themes: Abstract, Typography and Travel. Back home I combined all of them and came up with my own design: Inspire And Be Inspired. It’s now available in my Redbubble Shop as a wall tapestry, posters and much more. See on this weeks video the visit to Mikkeli and progress of the design. Have a great weekend.


Acrylic Block – Click the image to see more.


Tee – Click on the image to see more.


Large Poster – Click on the image to see more.



Kosmonautti (meaning Cosmonaut in English) is new beautiful song by Finnish singer-songwriter Tuomas Peurakoski. The song combines storytelling pop music to the celestial space vibes. Tuomas approached me last spring if I could create visuals for his single. I fell in love with the song right away so I was excited about the project. Tuomas talked about Georges Melies, 1920’s steamboats and star gazing. I got free hands to interpret those themes with the technique of my choice. Below you can see the final illustration. Be sure to give Tuomas Peurakoski a follow in WordPress, Spotify, Facebook and watch this meditative lyric video. You can also find a little traces of my design in the all the sites.


Just In Time For Christmas

Have you gotten all the Christmas gifts ready for the Holidays? Well. I haven’t yet. Luckily there is still time to order some amazing unique gifts from my Redbubble store. I think I’m finally gonna get that Pikkupanda of Finland drawstring bag for myself – who said you’re supposed to only buy gifts for others 😉

Direct links to the products below: Cats Are All Around – Black – Laptop Sleeve, Pikkupanda of Finland – Drawstring Bag, When Words Say It All – Hardcover Journal,  Cats Are All Around – Red and Blue – Hoodie. And in the shop there is much much more.

Thank you so much for all the orders I’ve gotten this Holiday season. Happy December to you all!

Cat Puppet From The Past

Once a cat lover always a cat lover. For this Friday’s lightening post I want you to meet this cat puppet I’ve done once upon a time in the primary school. I use to take all sorts of art and crafts courses with my friends in the fantastic Lasten Kulttuurikeskus (Eng. Culture Center for Kids) in Turku where I lived back then.

Him – the cat puppet – I’ve done in hand puppet course. He was spending his retirement days back in my childhood home in Turku. He had seen some rough days since half of his iron wire whiskers were gone and little piece of his nose was missing.

But since a dear friend Rinna (mother of my goddaughter) told me that her 4-year-old daughter had become interested in puppetry I took the cat puppet from the storage room in Turku to Helsinki and patched him up. Now he has painted whiskers and re-painted nose. Other than that I kept him exactly as he was. He’s so happy now to have a reborn life in a new family.

We wish you all happy weekend! Meow!
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Color Your World

Today I’m going to tell you story behind my Color Your World -design and about the new Society6 shop ElliMaanpaa.

It all started with my new visual art CV. I planned to make it very simple and formal with one exception: I needed one eye catching illustration for the headline. So that the overall look would be little more playful – more like me. That’s how the smiling paint brush vector graphic illustration was created.

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I liked the paint brush character so much I started to play around with it. First I created my initial letter E just for fun.


I saw potential in the simple but funny figure so I became more ambitious: I wanted to create a pattern out of it. This pattern below I named as Make Your Own Northern Lights. I used this print in the t-shirts, mugs and clocks.


I still continued experimenting. That’s how the stripe version was born. I love stripes in many different forms so it was truly exciting to create a stripe pattern of my own.


Color Your World became the name and message of the design. It’s also my philosophy in life –  the world gives you the outlines of your life that you cannot choose yourself but what you do inside the lines is only up to you. You can color every corner of your life with the color/mood of your preference. Below Color Your World Art Print in Society6.


If you’ve followed my whereabouts before you know that I have an Society6 shop by the name ElliEmiliaTale. So why did I not just post this design there? Why the new shop? The answer is that I have multiple design aesthetics inside me. I love (to make and see) tactile fragile hand drawn illustrations and watercolor paintings which ElliEmiliaTale is all about. But I also love  (to make and see) these bright clean cut vector illustrations that ElliMaanpaa will be about. To honor both styles I wanted to give them own space.

Below from up left Color Your World: Stationery Cards, Mugs, V-neck Shirt and Duvet Cover. There is much more products available in the shop so go take a look.


That’s it for today. Thank you for reading! Have a colorful weekend all!