Building A Cartoon Character

This was one fun assignment in the Drawing for 3D animation class by Beverley Ransom. The task was to design your own cartoon characters and then draw their skeletons. This is pretty much what riggers in 3D animation need to do. I drew my guardian angel Mikael and his sidekick Furry.

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How About The 3D Animation Studies?

I finally had a chance to look trough the material I’ve filmed at school here in Toronto. I edited a video about my 3D animation studies in Centennial College. I also list 5 good reasons why to do exchange studies – and 1 reason why not.

As it is the 4th week of the Ontario teacher strike going on it’s a bit bittersweet to talk about the studies right now. But then again when I went trough the amount of clips and sketches from the first six weeks of school I noticed that I’ve already learned a lot in that time.

I’ve been pretty active during the strike as well. Not so much with the 3D stuff – you might understand why after looking the video – but with making art and learning new skills. I’ll tell you more about those projects later. Thank you for tuning in. Have an awesome weekend.

P.S. I’m sorry. There is a typo in my drawing teachers name in the video. She is Beverley Ransom.

Halloween Art

It’s the Halloween holidays. This is actually first time I’m officially celebrating Halloween since in Finland we don’t really have it. Some of the yard decorations in Toronto are just amazing: ghosts, zombies, skeletons, spiders… you name it. Tomorrow I get to help my roommate to hand out candies to kids.

I wanted to celebrate the occasion by making an Halloween themed illustration. What do you think of my little Vampire. So innocent and cute. Just enjoying the flowers… Didn’t see that coming did you?

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Sunflower Fields Forever

Vincent Van Gogh painted sunflowers over and over again. Some say it’s because in his time sunflowers were popular decorative theme in art. Paintings with sunflowers were easier to sell. That might be true but for sure not the only reason to Van Gogh’s endless desire to convey the beauty of that golden flower. There is soul in a flower that’s been given a name of the sun. And even when the flower is in the end of his lifespan it still shines like a beautiful memory.

This week’s video is a new episode of What To Draw and – as you might have guessed – the theme was drawing flowers. Enjoy.


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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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