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.
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.
This was fun. One of the biggest projects I worked on this summer was making a cover illustrations for Ville Karttunen‘s upcoming children music album Superradio. I did the drawings with ballpoint pen which was a new art supply for me. But I love the end result. See the whole process of the cover illustration from this week’s video at Elli Maanpää Art. Ville Karttunen is having a crowdfunding campaign for the album so go check out mesenaatti.me. You can also buy cool merchandise from there: like the Superradio Tee I designed too. Picture below. Check out also the shorter art music video for the single Superradio.
Remember Joulukorttikauppa: my online Christmas Card Shop? Well it’s not Christmas right now – even though it snowed yesterday in Finland – but I decided to open a Spring edition of the shop. There I sell my non-Christmas postcards and art prints during May 2017.
From the selection you can find postcards for Finnish celebrations like high school graduation and confirmation party but also all kinds of postcards from my illustrations and paintings. I will post the orders on Saturdays. Check also Joulukorttikauppa’s facebook page.
Thank you for checking out my postcard shop. Have an awesome MayDay! Or as they say here in Finland: Hauskaa Vappua!
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.
We are approaching the end of the first third of 2017 and it means that Seasons are about to change. It’s hard to talk about proper Spring when there is still snow in the ground here in Turku but as an optimist I’m already all about the Spring. This weeks video is first of it’s kind of the Story Time Art videos where there is a “plot line” hidden in the image I speed paint. I already did these back in the Dood Elli Doo videos but this is the first one in English. How do you like it? I also finally purchased some gouache paints and I loved painting with them.