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.

Going Retro With Chroma Key

Last week in school we spent (well) with the teacher Leo Liesvirta in front of green screen and After Effects.  I was in a group with Sade Lahti, Anton Lipasti, Ossi Haapanen and Ville Kankaanpää. We five created these opening titles for a imaginary TV show called the Supreme Individual. We did them in just four days without any previous experience in chroma key. So proud to present you the outcome. Enjoy!

Animated Dreams in Tallinn

Greetings from Tallinn. I’m at the moment travelling back home from animation festival Animated Dreams held in the beautiful city Tallinn in Estonia. I was there for 4-days with my schoolmates and it was a blast. We ate well, enjoyed the historic scenery and shopped cheap art supplies. 

But I must admit I was little disappointed by the dark tone of most of the festival short films: they were often violent and rough. Nevertheless I managed to see few shorts that I was inspired by. Those were G-Aaah by Elizabeth Hobbs, Parade by Digna van der Put and You Are Not The Strongest by Emilio Yerba. These three were delightful, witty and pleasant to look at. I also saw the most enjoyable French feature animation film called Louise By The Shore by Jean-François Laguionie about an old lady and a dog in a seaside town. As my friend said it, it felt like a warm hug after all the war themed shorts. 

Now heading back home and school to finish my own very first drawn animation short. Here are some snaps from the trip. Enjoy!

Dood Elli Doo

My art vlogging career started today. The idea of Dood Elli Doo has been spinning around my head quite a while now but this week I got it done: speed drawing meets vlogging my way. I chose to keep the spoken language in Finnish which is my mother tongue but there is subtitles in English. If you’d like to see more videos like this please subscribe to my channel and also feel free to like/follow Dood Elli Doo in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Woop. Thank you! Now I’m off to a mini vacation in Stockholm. Fun times.

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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Practise Makes You Perf… Better

My school year ended. Just like that it’s already June and time to enjoy the Summer holidays. The last months of school for the Spring was just about 2D animation. Which is awesome.  Almost 3 months we set by our illuminated desk and drew. Our critical and charismatic teachers were Joni Männistö and Erkki Lilja.

We started the old school animation training from the classics (pendulum and bouncing balls) and slowly evolved into animating more challenging stuff and living mammals. The clips in this video below are pretty much in the order I made them. Enjoy!

Below are making of photographs from the way. Also check out bestestanimation.tumblr.com to find out what my talented classmates have been doing.

P.S. I will post my final work for the animation class later this week. Excited yet?