Viral Eyelashes

It’s time to be superb excited. There is two Finnish Feature films coming out this summer that I’ve been a small part of. The first one is Virality (original name Viraali) directed by Thomas Laine. It’s fragmented drama of modern day with the need to get noticed in one way or another.

The 2nd one is romantic comedy Thick Lashes of Lauri Mäntyvaara (Original name: Lauri Mäntyvaaran Tuuhet Ripset) directed by Hannaleena Hauru. In this dreamlike coming to age film there is everything you might want: kittens, love, friendship, motorcycles and ice hockey.

Looking good guys. Cannot wait for the Premiere(s) – Viraali in June and LMTR in July in theaters in Finland.


Acting Makes Sense

Acting has always been one of my passions. But as long as my main work has been on creating visuals – art and illustrations – I’ve felt little shy about the actress in me even though I’ve gotten great roles trough castings. Now when I found my way to animation, acting makes so much sense.

The fact I’ve done acting both in films and theatre stage is a huge advantage when animating a character. I can act out emotions and replicate them to my drawings. Skills in improvisation help me out when trying to brainstorm ideas fast. So for now on I’m gonna embrace my love for acting. I’m super excited to be (small) part of two Finnish feature films that will come out this summer: Viraali and Lauri Mäntyvaaran tuuheet ripset. Thank you for these opportunities. Red carpet here I come.

P.S. Meet the poet and snow leopard Leopold from 2013. More photos of my roles in the acting page.


THEATRE – Korkeasaaren Teatteri: Kissainpäivät // Director: Laura Madekivi // Role: Lumileopardi Leopold // 2013

Greta Garbo

I read a book about Hollywood legend Greta Garbo. The book was called Conversations With Greta Garbo and it was written by journalist Sven Broman.

Biographies of famous actresses and filmmakers are interesting. But sometimes reading a book written by an confident of an star leaves me feeling like a voyeur especially when the book is about someone so private like Garbo. She was one of the biggest stars of her time but she hated being famous. She just wanted to be left alone. Nevertheless it was really interesting to hear how the beautiful Swedish lady studied theatre in Stockholm, worked in a department store and then become ‘found’ by film director Mauritz Stiller who took her with him to Hollywood. Stillers career crumbled in Hollywood but Garbo shined brighter than anyone. She had natural ability to act on film with subtle nuances.

Garbo is said to be one of the most beautiful women in the film industry. They could picture her face from any angle and she would look perfect from every direction. That lead to her nick name: Divine Garbo. My painting below does not do justice to Garbo’s beauty but it’s my attempt to appreciate her nevertheless.

gretagarbo_painting_ellimaanpaa_2014Black and white version of the portrait to honor her era.
gretagarbo_painting_ellimaanpaa_2014_4Close up.gretagarbo_painting_ellimaanpaa_2014_3And the instagram photo.gretagarbo_instagram_2014