Inspired By Own Photographs

These days we always have a good camera with us where ever we go. The cellphones take remarkably good photographs. So use it for your advantage and always collect inspiration photographs from everything that draws your attention. This way you don’t need to rely on finding a perfect reference from the internet because you have it already on your own. Sometimes it can just be an shape or a colour scheme you like. Or you can do a hardcore realistic art work from it. In my case I used the references very loosely and created this Flower Delivery kid lit art with gouache paints and markers. Enjoy the What to Draw – Part 6.

P.S. I just got today wonderful news: that I’m going to move to Toronto for next Fall to do exchange studies in 3D animation in Centennial College. How awesome is that. If you have some tips where I should look for a housing and what else should I see or do in Toronto/Canada – let me know. Thank you 🙂

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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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#MerMay

The Little Mermaid was one of my favourite films as a child. We didn’t have the video at home so I went to my brother’s friend’s house to look at the film with his mom. So when I found out that May is the month of drawing mermaids I wanted to give it my own go. My first mermaid turned into a calm merman chilling with a giant fish in the bottom of the ocean. Proudly presenting to you this weeks Elli Maanpää Art – speed painting video: What to draw, Part 5. Be inspired by the challenges in social media. May is the MerMay.

P.S. If you’re wondering I’m trying to look like the kissing gourami in the thumbnail 😀

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Also more traditional mermaid – she’s a redhead like Ariel – swam into my bullet journal page this week.

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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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High On Spring

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.


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Handsome Brother

Hello Handsome the 2nd! Here is the brother of the 1st Handsome as promised.

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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.

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I made the piece with color pencil, gouache paints, little bit of aclyric and ink. He has piercing blue eyes.

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Now he is almost getting over the bad acne and starting to blossom to whole lot of good looks, don’t you think?

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And he smiles in his trendy denim shirt.

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Prince charming at your service. Have lovely week all!

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