Aid For Imagination

Has that happened to you that you’d like to draw something from your imagination but when you stare at that blank sheet of paper all the ideas you had just a moment ago, vanishes? It for sure has happened to me. When I’m ready to fall asleep or walking outside my mind is full of images. But when I’m facing a blank white paper my mind becomes as blank and I cannot think anything to draw. In this weeks video on the Elli Maanpää Art channel, I show a way to go around that. How to make the empty paper burst into endless drawing possibilities.

P.S. I’m leaving to another Euranim Video Mapping workshop – this time in Lille, France – on Sunday so I might not be posting much next week. But I’ll film a vlog from the travel so in a way I’m gonna take you with me. You just have to wait and see.


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Postcards Without The Project

Postikorttiprojektin jälkeen olen jatkanut postikorttipapereille piirtämistä. Olet saattanut nähdä osan näistä piirustuksista instagram-tililläni @ellimaanpaa aiemmin.

After the Postcard Project I have continue sketching on the postcard papers. You might have seen some of these drawings in my instagram account @ellimaanpaa earlier.Postcard sketch Elli Maanpää 2014-2015

Jos minulla ei ole musteita käden ulottuvilla olen käyttänyt väritykseen myös puuvärejä, …

If I haven’t had inks at hand I’ve also used for coloring color pencils, …Postcard sketch Elli Maanpää 2014-2015

…vesivärejä (P.S. Alla olevan kuvan muusana Smokahontas)…

…watercolors (P.S. The muse for the pic below is Smokahontas)…
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…ja tusseja.

… and markers.Postcard sketch Elli Maanpää 2014-2015 Seesteistä viikkoa!

Have a serene week!Postcard sketch Elli Maanpää 2014-2015

Finish Line of Postcard Project

So November ended and with it ended the Postcard Project. Here is the last nine postcards sized art works I sent to wonderful people all around the world.

23rd The geometric carrot head to Mia 24.10.2014

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24th Sleeping beauty in a morning sunshine to Pia 24.10.2014

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25th Sparkling belle in red to Veera 25.10.2014

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26th Mysterious woman to Laura 28.10.2014

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27th Hair like carrot clouds to Carina 28.10.2014

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28th Cutie pie bird to Iiris 28.10.2014

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29th Screaming Peacock to Linnea 29.10.2014

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30th Postcard with a lady – who looks little she has stepped out from the Clockwork Orange movie – to Shadi 30.10.2014

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31st The last but not least artistic fashionista went to Suzanne 31.10.2014

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That was it for this project. “How do I feel now after the project is over?” you ask. I must admit I feel relieved. It was such a inspiring project that kept me doing art works daily but there was also somewhat pressure. Particularly during this last week because there was so many other projects going on as well – like the Joulukorttikauppa and Lähtöviivalla art exhibition. So you can see there is gaps in the drawing days: I didn’t find the time to do the postcard during the exact day so I made some of them on a later day when I had more time. But still I’m really happy I did this – happy how the cards turned out and the sending business has been so much fun. Thank you for participating! Next I will concentrate on the lovely commissioned works that have piled up. And I won’t stop drawing daily – because sketch-a-day challenge will last till the end of this year – but I might not publish everything so that will take all the pressure of “being good” away.

P.S. On Thursday I will show you photographs from the Lähtöviivalla exhibition opening so stay tuned!