Art That Sells

This week I had a chance to visit Mikkeli Housing Fair. I spent my time well by studying what kind of art have people put on the walls of their dream houses. I found three recurrent themes: Abstract, Typography and Travel. Back home I combined all of them and came up with my own design: Inspire And Be Inspired. It’s now available in my Redbubble Shop as a wall tapestry, posters and much more. See on this weeks video the visit to Mikkeli and progress of the design. Have a great weekend.

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Acrylic Block – Click the image to see more.

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Tee – Click on the image to see more.

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Large Poster – Click on the image to see more.

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Art Is Not For Ninnies

“Hard work beats talent every time.” – Jake Paul

I noticed the art related tee print design challenge by Jazza – from Draw With Jazza YouTube channel – week ago and remembered this tee print design Art Is Not For Ninnies I’ve sketched couple of months ago but never finished. Now I got the perfect opportunity to finish it up. This is a shirt I would proudly wear myself.

The idea behind the design statement is that sometimes people don’t think visual arts for being a real profession. It takes time and dedication to make a hobby into an prospective reality and that applies from professional football to making art. When you put the hours and heart into it, it can turn into a profession. It’s not easy but when you have only one life to live you might as well spent the time working on the things you really want.

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Inspiration From The Forest

When one drawing isn’t enough. On this weeks Elli Maanpää Art -video I take you with me to our summer cottage in the Finnish countryside in Ähtäri. There I love to walk around in the forests. I was so inspired by the surroundings I did two illustrations: the first one I painted with gouache and the second one I did with Adobe Illustrator. I uploaded the later design also to my Redbubble store. Thank you for helping me choose the background colour for it in Twitter and Instagram. I appreciate the helping eye.

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Hugging Trees from up left: Women’s t-shirt, Pillow, A-line dress

Animation Showreel

It’s pretty overwhelming to comprehend that there is just a month left of my 2nd year of animation studies in Turku Arts Academy. Wow. At this point I feel like I’ve learn a lot and that I have so much more to learn. It was time to make my 1st animation showreel to list the animations I’ve worked on so far. My favourite animation programs at this point are TVPaint, AfterEffects and DragonFrame. I uploaded the showreel both to Youtube and Vimeo so go and take a look. All feedback is warmly welcomed. Thank you.

Just In Time For Christmas

Have you gotten all the Christmas gifts ready for the Holidays? Well. I haven’t yet. Luckily there is still time to order some amazing unique gifts from my Redbubble store. I think I’m finally gonna get that Pikkupanda of Finland drawstring bag for myself – who said you’re supposed to only buy gifts for others 😉

Direct links to the products below: Cats Are All Around – Black – Laptop Sleeve, Pikkupanda of Finland – Drawstring Bag, When Words Say It All – Hardcover Journal,  Cats Are All Around – Red and Blue – Hoodie. And in the shop there is much much more.

Thank you so much for all the orders I’ve gotten this Holiday season. Happy December to you all!

Pikkupanda Of Finland Bags and Other Goodies In My New Redbubble Store

HOX! Sale 20% off of everything at Redbubble until midnight 25th of July. Use poromo code SCREAM20.

I have good news for everyone who fancied my UHANALAISET – ENDANGERED paintings. Remember: the animalistic take on Finnish art history and the exhibition held in Korkeasaari Helsinki Zoo in August year ago? Now you can indulge yourself in my Redbubble store. Imagine summer travels with the Pikkupanda of Finland string bag or snapchatting under the warm gaze of Virgin Snow. Not bad, huh? Get the whole look of the Uhanalaiset goodies in my Redbubble Elli Maanpää store. Thank you!

Pikkupanda of Finland: Drawstring bag, Tote bag, iPad case

Virgin Snow: Drawstring bag, iPhone case, Throw pillow

Elonaali: Tote bag, Throw pillow, Spiral NotebookAd Leo Astra : Tote bag, Samsung Galaxy case, Drawstring bag, Spiral notebook

Wounded Snowy Owl: Travel mug, Framed print, Hardcover Journal, Sticker

The Convalescent Emperor: Throw pillow, Tote bag, Greeting card

P.S. The store operates from Europe (it also operates in the States) so no extra custom duties if you order for example to Finland. Jey!

My Grand Jewel of Animation: Scene About Gardening

As I promised: here it is. This is the final work I did for our 2D animation class in my school Turku Arts Academy this Spring semester. The task was to create a scene with two characters. The other one had to be a human (my bucket head is considered to have the anatomy of a man). The human has do at least one whole body movement and the other character reacts to that. We were allowed to either work on paper or on TV Paint. I chose the later because I feel it’s quicker, it’s easier to test things if they work or not (and I love using colors).

This is what I came up with. It’s a 20 second long loop. It took me week and half to do. It turned out looking a little like stop motion animation eventhough it is drawn on a wacom. I used my favourite color combination: blues and reds. The story is about gardening. The beauty and the constant work.

So please take a look and let me know what you think. Besides looping gif I made into a video which I downloaded to Youtube and Vimeo. Do you think I should add sound design to the video and make it a “real” short film? Thank you for accompaning my journey as a developing animation artist.

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