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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Aid For Imagination

Has that happened to you that you’d like to draw something from your imagination but when you stare at that blank sheet of paper all the ideas you had just a moment ago, vanishes? It for sure has happened to me. When I’m ready to fall asleep or walking outside my mind is full of images. But when I’m facing a blank white paper my mind becomes as blank and I cannot think anything to draw. In this weeks video on the Elli Maanpää Art channel, I show a way to go around that. How to make the empty paper burst into endless drawing possibilities.

P.S. I’m leaving to another Euranim Video Mapping workshop – this time in Lille, France – on Sunday so I might not be posting much next week. But I’ll film a vlog from the travel so in a way I’m gonna take you with me. You just have to wait and see.


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30 Minutes To Spare For Drawing

Do you sometimes feel like drawing but don’t really know what to draw? I thought I’d make a series from that topic to my YouTube channel Elli Maanpää Art. This weeks video is the Part 1 on What To Draw. In this video I share one of the coolest websites: line-of-action.com where you can take online drawing classes. I’m especially addicted to the figure drawing classes since it’s such an essential craft for an artist. I hope you enjoy my speed drawing female figures -video.

Chat With Dreams

What a better day to post this video about dreams than the one when I finally saw the movie “La La Land”. Loved it. I hope you like half as much my today’s speed drawing with brush markers. The work (both drawing and video) could be called “Chat With Your Dreams”. That’s the way to know where to head next.

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Mountain Getaway

My this week`s speed drawing Youtube video is done with Winsor & Newton brush markers. I saw this view in Argentina Bariloche back in the 2006 when I was backpacking there. It’s hard to imagine that this dreamy place actually exist but it does.

As you can see in the video my cyan blue marker is pretty much dried out. I said this out loud last week and my boyfriend got me new blue markers for Valentine Day surprise. That was the best gift I could have ever had. Thanks to him there is more brush marker landscapes to come. Hope you enjoy my video.

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Draw Something Every Day

I have a strong work ethic on everything I love to do: art, design, animation. There is the constant need for improvement. I’ve been drawing daily for maybe three years now. Of course I’ve always drawn a lot but about three years ago I started the 365-drawings-a-year challenge. After the year ended I chose to keep on drawing daily but not beat myself up if I miss a day or only doodle something super fast. There is a balance I try to seek. Balance of persistent training and keeping zen.

For the Christmas Holiday I came up with a new challenge for myself. I had this old sketchbook that I decided to fill during the two week holidays. My aim was to draw a lot of landscapes since I want to be better at drawing the backgrounds. In the end it took little longer but I managed to fill this sketchbook in 24 days. If you wanna see how it turned out take a look below.