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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Saara Aalto Takes It All

Finnish song bird Saara Aalto competes in the finals of X Factor UK this evening. She is amazingly talented and she has fought hard for her success. I’m rooting for her big time or as we say in Finnish: “Näytä niille närhen munat Saara” Watch her breathtaking performances for example here and here.

Saara Aalto, Elli Maanpää, X Factor UK

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!

Heart Does Not Sleep

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Tasan viikko sitten lauantaina jännitin Ylen studiolla konserttiyleisössä. Olin siellä kannustamassa Pihka ja myrsky bändiä Uuden musiikin kilpailun UMK:n 1. karsinnassa. Heidän kappaleensa Sydän ei nuku on valloittava indiepopbiisi, joka jää sopivasti päähän soimaan.

Exactly week ago on Saturday I was being excited at the YLE studios. I was there supporting the band Pihka ja myrsky in the UMK song contest. Their song Sydän ei nuku (in English Heart Does Not Sleep) is charming indie pop song that stays in your head.

Pihka ja myrsky / Korkeasaaren Teatteri 2015

Surreaalia, että vain viikkoa aiemmin sain olla itse keikalla Pihka ja myrsky bändin keulakuvien Lassen ja Hennan kanssa, kun Korkeasaaren Teatteri veti minikonsertin pohjoismaiden eläintarhanhoitajille. Löydätkö Lassen ja Hennan yllä olevista kuvista (vinkki: vasemmalla)? Minä olen Korkeasaaren Teatterin kuvassa tuo pusuhuuli toisena oikealta.

Surreal that only week before I had been on a gig with Pihka ja myrsky rock idols Lasse and Henna since the Korkeasaari Teatteri did miniconcert for the Scandinavian zookeepers. Can you find Lasse and Henna from the photos above (hint: on left)? I’m the pouty mouth second from right in the Korkeasaari Teatteri pic.

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Lauantai alkoi – kunnon fanitytön tapaan – kyltin tekemisellä. Se sai osakseen somerakkautta jo ennen konserttia kun postasin kuvan twitteriin.

Saturday started – like it does with all true fan girls – by making a fan sign. The sign got a lot of social-media-love before the concert after I posted it to twitter.

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Pihka ja myrsky esiintyi karsinnoissa neljäntenä. Heidän shownsa oli mielettömän hyvä. Kauniiseen biisiin oli yhdistetty hauska visuaalinen korografia liikkuvine kajareineen. Jos alussa rokkikukkoja vähän jännitti, niin viimeistään ensimmäisen kertosäkeen kohdalla esiintyminen oli muuttunut silkaksi nautinnoksi. Voit katsoa live esiintymisen täältä.

Pihka ja myrsky performed in the fourth place. Their show was spectacular. The catchy song was accompanied by fun visual choreography with moving loudspeakers. If the rockers were little bit nervous in the beginning it changed to  enjoyment of performing already before the first chorus. You can see their live performance here.UMK15 Tiia Santavirta Photography 2015

Minä nautin keikasta (ja koko konsertista) suunnattomasti, mutta myötäelin myös jännityksessä niin vahvasti, ettei minulla ole illasta kovin selvää muistikuvaa. Kuulin myöhemmin että olin vilahdellut useasti myös suorassa TV-lähetyksessä kylttini kanssa. Jee.

I enjoyed their performance (and the whole concert) enormously but I also sympathized in the excitement so strongly that my memories of the night are not very clear. I heard later that I also had had my fifteen-seconds-of-fame in the national TV with my sign. Jeah.UMK 2015 YLE

Lopuksi julistettiin äänestystulos. Pihka ja myrsky ei tällä kertaa päässyt UMK finaaliin. Pettymys kirpaisi, vaikkei se ollut täysin odottamaton sillä samassa karsinnassa kilpaili pari suurta ennakkosuosikkia, kuten Satin Circus ja Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. Minun silmissäni Pihkis on kuitenkin voittaja.

Ultimately they announced the vote results. Pihka ja myrsky did not make to the UMK finals this time. It was a disappointment even though the result was not completely unexpected since P&M competed in the same elimination as the two biggest front runners Satin Circus and Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. In my eyes though Pihka ja myrsky is the winner.
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Tänä iltana tulee 2. karsinta YLE TV2 klo 21 ja 3. karsinta ensi lauantaina. Sitten ollaankin jo finaalissa, jossa Suomen tämän vuoden Euroviisu-edustaja valitaan. Elämme jännittäviä aikoja.

Tonight is the 2nd elimination in YLE TV2 at 9pm and the 3rd elimination next Saturday. Then it’s already the finals where this years Eurovision song contest competitor of Finland will be selected. We live exciting times.