Inspiration From The Forest

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.

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Hugging Trees from up left: Women’s t-shirt, Pillow, A-line dress

Turning Opera de Lille Into A Dollhouse

Last week was spectacular. It was also so intense that after getting back home I’ve been down with a cold whole week. But nevertheless I’m so proud of the work we did last week in Lille in France. I’m excited that I’m able to share how the week went by in my workshop & travel vlog I uploaded to my Youtube channel Elli Maanpää Art.

During the 4-day workshop we created animation to project on the wall of the Opera de Lille. The showtime of the video mapping was last Friday at 9PM as a part of the Fête de l’anim. You can watch the whole video mapping on this video filmed by Daniel Derg – since I chose to show only our part in my vlog to keep it short and snappy.

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There were 50 students and professionals from Europe and Asia taking part on the workshop. My group “The Roomies” – me (Turku Arts Academy), Thomas Van Fucht (Howest), Leonardo Altieri (CSC Turin) and Elena Sorrentino (CSC Turin) – turned the Opera De Lille into a Circus themed dollhouse.

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I did three illustrations and animations: Cannon Lady, Clown and Lion. I worked with Illustrator, Photoshop and After Effects. You can see my work here in these looping gif’s. I really loved working in this method. Which character you like the best?

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As Viborg this week was one to remember. Thank you Euranim and Turku Arts Academy for making it happen!

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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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Kosmonautti

Kosmonautti (meaning Cosmonaut in English) is new beautiful song by Finnish singer-songwriter Tuomas Peurakoski. The song combines storytelling pop music to the celestial space vibes. Tuomas approached me last spring if I could create visuals for his single. I fell in love with the song right away so I was excited about the project. Tuomas talked about Georges Melies, 1920’s steamboats and star gazing. I got free hands to interpret those themes with the technique of my choice. Below you can see the final illustration. Be sure to give Tuomas Peurakoski a follow in WordPress, Spotify, Facebook and watch this meditative lyric video. You can also find a little traces of my design in the all the sites.


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Birds Getting Ready For Holidays

You know I’m just genuinely so happy right now. It’s one month to Christmas. My Christmas Cards in Joulukorttikauppa are selling well. I’m excited about the short 2D animation film I’m working on at school. Next Saturday I’ll attend a Cat Exhibition TUROK in Turku Fair Center. Besides Christmas cards I’ll be selling cat themed art prints there. That’s gonna be so much fun. I’ve never attended a Cat Exhibition before.

In this super fresh youtube video – which I posted last night to my Elli Maanpää Art channel – you’ll see me working on the Christmas birds illustrations for Joulukorttikauppa. Enjoy!

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Paper Art Snowflakes

Snowflakes have danced they way to Finland. My home town Turku is snowy white this week. Inspired by the icy stars I created these three paper art illustrations for Joulukorttikauppa: Ballerina, Snow Queen and Hot Air Balloons. See the Joulukorttikauppa – Part 2: Snowflakes video in Elli Maanpää Art channel to see how I made them.

Christmas Cards Like 17th Century Dutch Portraits

I had so much fun designing Christmas Cards for my Christmas card shop Joulukorttikauppa this year. Among other things I was inspired by Dutch 17th century portraits with an animalistic twist. See how I made the sphynx, buldog and frog paintings in the Joulukorttikauppa – Part 1: Animal Portraits video below. You can purchase these postcards in here.

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