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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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.

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Christmas Cards Like 17th Century Dutch Portraits

I had so much fun designing Christmas Cards for my Christmas card shop Joulukorttikauppa this year. Among other things I was inspired by Dutch 17th century portraits with an animalistic twist. See how I made the sphynx, buldog and frog paintings in the Joulukorttikauppa – Part 1: Animal Portraits video below. You can purchase these postcards in here.

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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.