My Animation studies

This weeks Youtube video in my Elli Maanpää Art channel is a coktail of video clips of me working on my very first drawn 2D short film at the University. My film is called Näkökulma – Point of View. It should be ready in two weeks. Oh, I’m so excited.

I was actually filming my study life because I’m taking part in this Taitteessa project where four Turku Arts Academy students vlog about their studies and everything else young people do or/and wonder about. Those episodes will be in Finnish and published in Turku University of Applied Sciences in February-March 2017. I’ll let you know when they are out.

Atlantic Puffin Tattoo

Today I uploaded new video to my Youtube channel Elli Maanpää Art. It’s a speed painting of the Atlantic Puffin. I did it as a commission for a friend Linnea from the Kujerruksia blog. She asked if I could design another tattoo for her this time about Atlantic Puffin. I’ve drawn a kolibri tattoo for her five years ago. That time my design was just the outlines and the tattoo artist made the shading. Linnea also got the tattoo colored later.

This time Linnea asked if I could include the colors to the original sketch. Since I’m not an expert in the tattooing I was first little nervous if I could do it right. Later I realized that I could just do my thing and the tattoo artist will translate the design into a form of a tattoo. I have such a high respect on the craft of tattoo artists. They know their thing.

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Newborn Youtube Artvlogger

Less than two weeks ago I said I’m gonna quit my Youtube channel Dood Elli Doo because of time issues. But after the decision I started missing the video making. I started to think if there would be a smarter way to do this. How could I keep on being an Youtube artist, an animation student, a Christmas card entrepeneur and freelancer illustrator at the same time? The obvious response was that if I could combine my projects I could still keep on doing all of them. So say hello to my new born Youtube channel Elli Maanpää Art where I share making of videos of my art projects. The first video is in English and I’m still not sure how I feel about my accent. What do you think? Can I do this? I’m also looking dazzling in the thumbnail. I love it. Life is more fun when you are a bit goofy.

Practise Makes You Perf… Better

My school year ended. Just like that it’s already June and time to enjoy the Summer holidays. The last months of school for the Spring was just about 2D animation. Which is awesome.  Almost 3 months we set by our illuminated desk and drew. Our critical and charismatic teachers were Joni Männistö and Erkki Lilja.

We started the old school animation training from the classics (pendulum and bouncing balls) and slowly evolved into animating more challenging stuff and living mammals. The clips in this video below are pretty much in the order I made them. Enjoy!

Below are making of photographs from the way. Also check out bestestanimation.tumblr.com to find out what my talented classmates have been doing.

P.S. I will post my final work for the animation class later this week. Excited yet?

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!