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.


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

Art Is Not For Ninnies

“Hard work beats talent every time.” – Jake Paul

I noticed the art related tee print design challenge by Jazza – from Draw With Jazza YouTube channel – week ago and remembered this tee print design Art Is Not For Ninnies I’ve sketched couple of months ago but never finished. Now I got the perfect opportunity to finish it up. This is a shirt I would proudly wear myself.

The idea behind the design statement is that sometimes people don’t think visual arts for being a real profession. It takes time and dedication to make a hobby into an prospective reality and that applies from professional football to making art. When you put the hours and heart into it, it can turn into a profession. It’s not easy but when you have only one life to live you might as well spent the time working on the things you really want.




Inspiration From The Forest

When one drawing isn’t enough. On this weeks Elli Maanpää Art -video I take you with me to our summer cottage in the Finnish countryside in Ähtäri. There I love to walk around in the forests. I was so inspired by the surroundings I did two illustrations: the first one I painted with gouache and the second one I did with Adobe Illustrator. I uploaded the later design also to my Redbubble store. Thank you for helping me choose the background colour for it in Twitter and Instagram. I appreciate the helping eye.

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Hugging Trees from up left: Women’s t-shirt, Pillow, A-line dress


ENG: There is couple of prints left from the Christmas market of the UHANALAISET paintings. These are also A4 sized. They are printed on a about 150 gsm photo paper. There is a thin white border around the picture. They cost 10€ a piece (+ the postal cost 4€). Three prints are 20€. Payment can be made trough Paypal. Each print is hand signed by me and they are very limited edition. Order by sending me email at elli(at)manpaa.com. I will send the prints on next Monday. Have a relaxing weekend!

FIN: Joulumyyjäisistä jäi jäljelle myös muutamia UHANALAISET taideprinttejä. Ne ovat myös A4 kokoisia. Ne on printattu noin 150gsm valokuvapaperille. Kuvien ympärillä on ohut valkoinen reunus. Printtien hinta on 1kpl 10€ ja 3kpl 20€ (+ postitusmaksu 4€). Maksun voi tehdä suoraan tilille. Jokainen printti on käsin signeerattu ja niitä on erittäin eksklusiivinen määrä. Tilaus onnistuu lähettämällä sähköpostia osoitteeseen elli(at)maanpaa.com. Postitan teokset ensi maanantaina. Rentouttavaa viikonloppua!


Lovely Ladies as Art Prints

ENG: Pssst. Still in time for Christmas. I have limited edition of my Lovely Ladies as A4 sized prints for sale. They cost 10€ a piece (+ the postal cost 4€). Three prints are 20€. Payment can be made trough Paypal. Each print is hand signed by me. Order by sending me email at elli(at)manpaa.com

FIN: Pssst. Vielä ehtii jouluksi. Myynnissä nyt rajattu valikoima muusa-maalauksiani A4 kokoisina taideprintteinä. Niiden hinta on 1kpl 10€ ja 3kpl 20€ (+ postitusmaksu 4€). Maksun voi tehdä suoraan tililla tai Paypalin kautta. Jokainen printti on käsin signeerattu. Tilaa lähettämällä minulle sähköpostia osoitteeseen elli(at)maanpaa.comelli-maanpaa_art_2015_1 copyelli-maanpaa_art_2015_2 copyelli-maanpaa_art_2015_3 copyelli-maanpaa_art_2015_4 copyelli-maanpaa_art_2015_5 copy

Rock Cat for Ville Karttunen

Tunnet muusikko Ville Karttusen ennestään Ukkosmaine ja Hullut Hattuset bändeistä, mutta nyt Villellä on oma sooloalbumi tuloillaan. Voit ottaa osaa sooloalbumin mahdollistamiseen Villen Mesenaatti-projektin avulla. Ville pyysi minua suunnittelemaan t-paita printin projektia varten aiheena “Kissa, joka soittaa v-kitaraa”. Alla ensimmäisiä luonnoksia.

You know musician Ville Karttunen from the bands Ukkosmaine and the Hullut Hattuset but now Ville has his own solo album coming out. You can take part in making the album happen trough Ville’s Mesenaatti project. Ville asked me to design him a tee print with the theme “Cat who plays V-guitar”. Below you can see the first drafts.


Villen ohjeistus oli, ettei kissasta saa tulla liian söpö. Lisäsin katu-uskottavuutta epäsymmetrisillä yksityiskohdilla ja maanisella meiningillä. Lisäsin kissalle myös Villen pitkät hiukset.

Ville didn’t want the cat to look too cute. I added street cred by adding asymmetrical details and manic feel. I also added Ville’s long hair to the cat.


Kun olin saanut kuvan piirrettyä käsin mieleiseksi, otin siitä valokuvan ja piirsin kuvan puhtaaksi illustratorilla.

After getting the drawing look the way I wanted I photographed it and drew it over in Illustrator.


Sitten lisäsin vielä yksityiskohtia (mm. VK nimikirjaimet) ja rosoisuutta printtiin. Valmista tuli. Voit ostaa paidan mesenoimalla Villen albumia täällä.

Then I added more details (like the VK initials) and roughness to the print. And it’s done. You can by the shirt by supporting Ville’s album here.


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.


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


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


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.


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!