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

High On Spring

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.


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Kosmonautti

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.


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Birds Getting Ready For Holidays

You know I’m just genuinely so happy right now. It’s one month to Christmas. My Christmas Cards in Joulukorttikauppa are selling well. I’m excited about the short 2D animation film I’m working on at school. Next Saturday I’ll attend a Cat Exhibition TUROK in Turku Fair Center. Besides Christmas cards I’ll be selling cat themed art prints there. That’s gonna be so much fun. I’ve never attended a Cat Exhibition before.

In this super fresh youtube video – which I posted last night to my Elli Maanpää Art channel – you’ll see me working on the Christmas birds illustrations for Joulukorttikauppa. Enjoy!

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Paper Art Snowflakes

Snowflakes have danced they way to Finland. My home town Turku is snowy white this week. Inspired by the icy stars I created these three paper art illustrations for Joulukorttikauppa: Ballerina, Snow Queen and Hot Air Balloons. See the Joulukorttikauppa – Part 2: Snowflakes video in Elli Maanpää Art channel to see how I made them.

Joulukorttikauppa Is Open

Joulukorttikauppa Christmas Card Shop 2016 is now open in. The shop joulukorttikauppa.fi is featuring not only the favourite cards from last year but thirteen new and fresh Christmas card illustrations from me and Vesa Kuula. I will share making of videos of my illustrations later on my Youtube channel. Also if you’d like to keep updated be sure to like Joulukorttikauppa’s facebook page. Thank you. Have an awesome Halloween weekend!joulukorttikauppa_header_2016

Ihan OK!

Ihan OK! is Ukkosmaine‘s 6th studio album. The title means in English Quite Ok! It’s an album full of new Ukkosmaine disco-rock-pop songs: dance music with optimism and synthetic sounds. But this time there is also a deeper melancholy side to the lyrics. When life is not only fantastic fireworks but with its ups and downs it’s still quite ok.

I was honoured when Wilhelm and Klaus asked me to design illustrations to their album cover and tee-prints. Below you can see preliminary doodles for the cover ideas. I decided to use hand signs which we use to express we’re ok when the words are not enough. The mini-disco-star in the Ukkosmaine catsuit holds on the hand to cope in the big wide world. In the other image the same disco-star gives thumbs-up while flying with his disco-balloon to his dreams. CONTINUES —>

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After the sketches were approved I started to work in the illustrator to create vector images. I used Ukkosmaine’s brand colours: pink, yellow and black. As you can see the first colour palette was way too pastel. CONTINUES —>

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After I got the colours right I continued colouring in the Photoshop. A added a noise texture to give the illustration a video vibe. Below is the final cover illustration. CONTINUES —>

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I also made an black-and-white version of the illustration for a tee-print. You can buy this shirt from here until the 14th of February 2016CONTINUES —>

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I also designed another tee-print for the band. This one is mashup from the songs on the album. As you can see from the not-so-pretty sketch below in right the boys in the band trust me enough to know I create something neat even though my doodles would be little rough. CONTINUES —>

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This Ukkosmaine 8-bit print has been a real hit. You can buy your own shirt from hereCONTINUES —>

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There is still time until the 14th of February to take part in the Ihan Ok! -mesenaatti funding campaign where you can buy the album, shirts and other super goodies beforehand. Cool thing is that the upcoming album has already raised the sum they were originally looking for but all the extra pennies go for the band to continue keep making the world a better place with their music. So go for it!