Try Something New Everyday

First video from Toronto. First speed drawing comicstrip video. First time riding a mechanical bull. Try something new everyday. So worth it.

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SUPERRADIO

This was fun. One of the biggest projects I worked on this summer was making a cover illustrations for Ville Karttunen‘s upcoming children music album Superradio. I did the drawings with ballpoint pen which was a new art supply for me. But I love the end result. See the whole process of the cover illustration from this week’s video at Elli Maanpää Art. Ville Karttunen is having a crowdfunding campaign for the album so go check out mesenaatti.me. You can also buy cool merchandise from there: like the Superradio Tee I designed too. Picture below. Check out also the shorter art music video for the single Superradio.

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Finnish Movie Biz

This week I was inspired to make a second video – a vlog about my last day as a trainee in Pyjama Films Animation Studio and about my trip to Helsinki to the premiere of the Finnish feature film Viraali. I named this new style of videos with the title: ON THE GO. Please let me know if you like to see this kind of videos next to the more art related stuff on my channel. Have an extra lovely summer weekend. 

P.S. If you’re in Finland you should definitely go see the film Viraali! 

Here I am at the red carpet with my avec the handsome Herra Kuula. Photo credit belongs to Viraali

Brand New Me

Sometimes it’s time for a change and this week was one of them. I chose to redo my profile picture. I used the old photograph loosely as a reference but I added some important  extra parts like my cat Cocco the Coconut Boy. Nowadays he does everything with me so he deserves some profile picture coverage. I painted the illustration with gouache, continued with coloured pencils and did some colour adjustments on photoshop. I love how it turned out. How about you?

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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.

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

What Do You Think About Tracing?

On this week’s video on Elli Maanpää Art I ponder aloud if tracing in art is ok. What do you think? I’d love to hear your comments. While talking about it I speed paint the painting for our puppet animation. The painting – both 3D and 2D version – is inspired by Picasso and Mondrian. I also mention the postcard shop with cat themed postcards. Enjoy!

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Spring Postcard Pop Up Shop

Remember Joulukorttikauppa: my online Christmas Card Shop? Well it’s not Christmas right now – even though it snowed yesterday in Finland – but I decided to open a Spring edition of the shop. There I sell my non-Christmas postcards and art prints during May 2017. kevat_joulukorttikauppa_2017

From the selection you can find postcards for Finnish celebrations like high school graduation and confirmation party but also all kinds of postcards from my illustrations and paintings. I will post the orders on Saturdays. Check also Joulukorttikauppa’s facebook page.kevat-kortteja

Thank you for checking out my postcard shop. Have an awesome MayDay! Or as they say here in Finland: Hauskaa Vappua!VAPPUA