Puppet Animation About Art Gallery

Wanna build some puppets and then make them act? Yeees. That’s what we have been doing whole spring in school – Animation programme in Turku Arts Academy – with the help of the puppet animation guru Antti Laakso. It’s been super fun. First we crafted the animation puppets from scratch with wire and foam rubber. Then we built and painted the sets. And now finally we are at the studio filming our about 1min short animation about Art Gallery. See more from this 3min making of in Elli Maanpää Art.

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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?