Piece of Cake

Plenty of things to celebrate. 1st) There was the channel’s birthday last week. 2nd) Today we are officially over 100 subscribers. 3rd) It’s Midsummer – Juhannus this weekend. So this week I illustrated a cake using Adobe illustrator snd Photoshop. Thanks for the idea Shankar. Enjoy!

Moving To Toronto

Lats Friday it was exactly one year from the first video published in my art related YouTube channel. To celebrate that and explain why I’m moving to Toronto for the Fall I did a quick live video in YouTube on Friday. If you weren’t able to catch me live you can still watch the recording. Let me know if you have some recommendations for Toronto. Thank you.

Tyrannosaurus Tietta

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!

Inspired By Own Photographs

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 🙂

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Turning 1-Year-Old Illustuber

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

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Brand New Me

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?

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Artist Q&A

I did today my 2nd live video on Youtube. It was about answering some questions about me, my career and art in general. Also my cat Cocco keeps stealing the show. If you’re interested seeing a more raw video of me talking to a camera about things that matter to me please see the video below. Thank you and have a lovely evening.