My 3-year-old godson Viljo had a request for my art channel. He wanted to see “fierce angry Trannosaurus Tietta” so this week I drew my very first dinosaurus. I used an old board – which I’ve used as a colour palette before – as the canvas and worked with oil pastels and acrylic paints. It was fun. If YOU have ideas or requests please send me a comment. Sunny weekend to all!
These days we always have a good camera with us where ever we go. The cellphones take remarkably good photographs. So use it for your advantage and always collect inspiration photographs from everything that draws your attention. This way you don’t need to rely on finding a perfect reference from the internet because you have it already on your own. Sometimes it can just be an shape or a colour scheme you like. Or you can do a hardcore realistic art work from it. In my case I used the references very loosely and created this Flower Delivery kid lit art with gouache paints and markers. Enjoy the What to Draw – Part 6.
P.S. I just got today wonderful news: that I’m going to move to Toronto for next Fall to do exchange studies in 3D animation in Centennial College. How awesome is that. If you have some tips where I should look for a housing and what else should I see or do in Toronto/Canada – let me know. Thank you 🙂
I’m going to have my 1st Birthday soon. Jey! Year ago I published first video in the Elli Maanpää Art YouTube Channel – even though the name at first was Dood Elli Doo. I did a presentation for school of my first year in YouTube. I though it might interest you as well so I walk you trough it on this weeks video. I talk about the things I’ve learned so far. There is also bonus speed drawing of a Wonder Woman with a twist. Congratulations to all who are graduating this weekend! You did it. We are all superhero of our own life.
Here is the presentation also in a PDF format 👉 https://indd.adobe.com/embed/3c100231-102c-4aff-8ab9-7e20a23df379?startpage=1&allowFullscreen=true
Sometimes it’s time for a change and this week was one of them. I chose to redo my profile picture. I used the old photograph loosely as a reference but I added some important extra parts like my cat Cocco the Coconut Boy. Nowadays he does everything with me so he deserves some profile picture coverage. I painted the illustration with gouache, continued with coloured pencils and did some colour adjustments on photoshop. I love how it turned out. How about you?
The Little Mermaid was one of my favourite films as a child. We didn’t have the video at home so I went to my brother’s friend’s house to look at the film with his mom. So when I found out that May is the month of drawing mermaids I wanted to give it my own go. My first mermaid turned into a calm merman chilling with a giant fish in the bottom of the ocean. Proudly presenting to you this weeks Elli Maanpää Art – speed painting video: What to draw, Part 5. Be inspired by the challenges in social media. May is the MerMay.
P.S. If you’re wondering I’m trying to look like the kissing gourami in the thumbnail 😀
Also more traditional mermaid – she’s a redhead like Ariel – swam into my bullet journal page this week.
On this week’s video on Elli Maanpää Art I ponder aloud if tracing in art is ok. What do you think? I’d love to hear your comments. While talking about it I speed paint the painting for our puppet animation. The painting – both 3D and 2D version – is inspired by Picasso and Mondrian. I also mention the postcard shop with cat themed postcards. Enjoy!
Happy Easter! I drew bunnies on this week ‘s video in Elli Maanpää Art. I used gouache, pencil, ink, brushmarkers and cotton swaps. Inspired by the season and free stock photographs. Have a good one.