Even though I didn’t complete Huevember – which I talked about in this post – I’m still pretty amazed of the 18 digital paintings I was able to create in November-December 2017. The Penguin In The Sky (3rd from top) is probably my personal favourite. It’s based on a sketch I did earlier in ROM: Royal Ontario Museum so it’s also a memory of fun day sketching in the museum in Toronto with my dear friend Chang. Now I’ve purchased my own Wacom (finally!) so I’m definitely going to explore digital painting further.
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.
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 🙂
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?
When one drawing isn’t enough. On this weeks Elli Maanpää Art -video I take you with me to our summer cottage in the Finnish countryside in Ähtäri. There I love to walk around in the forests. I was so inspired by the surroundings I did two illustrations: the first one I painted with gouache and the second one I did with Adobe Illustrator. I uploaded the later design also to my Redbubble store. Thank you for helping me choose the background colour for it in Twitter and Instagram. I appreciate the helping eye.