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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Love Birds

Love Birds is a commissioned illustration I did for a wedding invitation for a couple that was getting married about one year ago. The choice of the theme, colours and the type of flowers came from the bride. And the choice to add one bug to man up the sugary illustration came from the groom. So the end result is beautifully balanced but oh so romantic. Below couple of making of snaps of the drawings and the final illustration.



Kuppikakkuja ensi-ilta on la 16.5. klo 19 – eli alle kahden viikon päästä – Helsingin Arabianrannan Bokvillanissa. Minä näyttelen kahvilanomistaja Hannan roolin, jonka kahvilassa näytelmä tapahtuu. Kaikki näytelmän kolme naista kohtaavat elämässään väkivaltaa. Asia pidetään piilossa moninaisin tavoin. Näytelmä on osa Wings to Fly kampanjaa, jossa vastustetaan naisiin ja tyttöihin kohdistuvaa väkivaltaa. Kaikki Kuppikakkuja lipputulot menevät Planille ja heidän kauttaan kehistysmaissa asuvien tyttöjen suojeluun ja koulutukseen.

Kuppikakkuja premier is in the Bokvilla in Arabianranta in Helsinki on the 16th of May at 7pm – so it’s less than two weeks. I play the part of a cafe owner Hanna in whos cafe the play takes place. All the three women of the play encounter violence in their life. They try to keep it hidden in many ways. The play is part of Wings to Fly campaing which is rasing awareness about the violence women and girls encounter. All our ticket income goes straight to Plan and to their work to help and give education the girls in developing countries.
Kuppikakkuja, Teatteri Kiilas, Elli Maanpää

Yläpuolella on virallinen julisteemme. Valokuvan on ottanut valokuvaaja Tommi Rummukainen ja graafisena suunnittelijana on toiminut allekirjoittanut.

Above is our official poster. The photograph has been taken by photographer Tommi Rummukainen and graphic design is made by me.Kuppikakkuja, Teatteri Kiilas, Elli Maanpää

Yllä olevassa kuvassa –  Ylävasemmalla: Toinen Tommi Rummukaisen ottama pressivalokuva. Yläoikealla: Tuoreita painosta tulleita julisteita. Alavasemmalla: Niina Hartikainen treenamassa näytelmässä kuultavia biisejä, jotka ovat Niinan ja ohjaaja Laura Madekiven käsialaa. Alaoikealla: Minä Hannan karkkilookissa.

In the picture above – Above in left: Other pr-photograph taken by Tommi Rummukainen. Above in Right: Freshly printed posters. Below in left: Niina Hartikainen rehearsing the songs we hear in the play. They are composed by Niina and our director Laura Madekivi. Below in right: Myself in the Hanna’s candy look.Kuppikakkuja, Teatteri Kiilas, Elli MaanpääMinä ja Niina Hartikainen teimme näytelmälle teaserin. Minä hoidin kuvauksen, editoinnin ja Niina äänipuolen. Yläpuolella making of -kuvia kuvauksista. Alla valmis teaserivideo. Yhtäkään kuppikakkua ei säästetty.

I and Niina Hartikainen made a teaser for our play. I filmed, edited and Niina did the sounds. Above you can see some making of -photographs. Below is the ready made teaser video. No cupcakes were saved.
Tarkemmat tiedot esityspaikasta ja ajoista yms löydät facebook eventistä ja Teatteri Kiilaan sivuilta. Muista tulla katsomaan. Loistava mahdollisuus tehdä hyvää.

The information about the show times and the address etc you can find from the facebook event and from the Teatteri Kiilas page. Remember to come see it. Perfect chance to do good.