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.
We are approaching the end of the first third of 2017 and it means that Seasons are about to change. It’s hard to talk about proper Spring when there is still snow in the ground here in Turku but as an optimist I’m already all about the Spring. This weeks video is first of it’s kind of the Story Time Art videos where there is a “plot line” hidden in the image I speed paint. I already did these back in the Dood Elli Doo videos but this is the first one in English. How do you like it? I also finally purchased some gouache paints and I loved painting with them.
Hello Handsome the 2nd! Here is the brother of the 1st Handsome as promised.
The second Handsome started his life as quite an ugly duckling. I used an card board cover of an old A2 sketchbook. That’s why the canvas was full of black spots.
I made the piece with color pencil, gouache paints, little bit of aclyric and ink. He has piercing blue eyes.
Now he is almost getting over the bad acne and starting to blossom to whole lot of good looks, don’t you think?
And he smiles in his trendy denim shirt.
Prince charming at your service. Have lovely week all!
Hey Handsome! He (the intellectual poem boy below) is the first out of two men portraits I painted in August. The two are going to be stars of my upcoming artsy-fartsy short film about relationships. But since it sometimes takes years before I actually finalize the film ideas I have I now thought It would be fun to introduce my lead actors to you / show you the paintings.
I used ink, gouache and acrylic paint on paperboard. I assume painting on the paperboard with water soluble colors was little like painting a mural on a wet clay since the paint and colors just melted into the background. The technique needed layers and layers of paint before I saw something happening on the board. Here below is some of the making of photographs.
Lastly I outlined the most important facial features (like eyes) with black ink and also highlighted them with white acrylic. Here is the completed painting.
He is beautiful isn’t he? But of course he is just a painting which is kinda the idea of the film. I will introduce you his brother (the 2nd painting) later. Have a handsome week!
P.S. Of course my boyfriend is really the best looking guy in my world but that is also because he is an actual person. He would not have liked if I would have painted him. That’s why I had to use male models as my muses instead. 🙂
This post is dedicated to the making of the 1st Bird Girl -painting which some of you might have seen already in the facebook page. The pencil sketch (above in left) is done in January and the painting version of it I did in March. Here is how the painting evolved. I used again my lovely russian gouache paints (thanks to Anna who cave them to me as Christmas present!).
As you can see my painting style this time was as sketchy as the pencil sketch. It’s so much fun to paint this freely. Just have fun with the brushes and color. Here (below) is the finalized painting. If you like it like a crazy you can order a print of it from my Society6 shop. How handy is that! Have a happy Wednesday!
Bird Lady 1 – Painting by Elli Maanpää 2014