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 🙂
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.
What a better day to post this video about dreams than the one when I finally saw the movie “La La Land”. Loved it. I hope you like half as much my today’s speed drawing with brush markers. The work (both drawing and video) could be called “Chat With Your Dreams”. That’s the way to know where to head next.
Boys fell in love with her. I wanted to be like her. The force was strong with Carrie Fisher. Rest in peace.
Edit: I just heard that the world also lost her wonderful mother Debbie Reynolds yesterday. I hope they are now together in a heavenly place.
1) Frannerd Illustrator and Youtuber – I actually stole this idea for monthly favourites from her. I hope she’s not upset 😳 (sorry and thank you). I adore her personal illustration style and charismatic Youtube artist persona. 2) Balcony – I’m moving to a new flat in September which has a balcony. 3) Taco Nitos Taco Tuesdays – Their gluten free vegetarian tacos are tan ricos. 4) Sleep With Me -Podcast in Spotify. 5) Julieta – Almodovar’s new film. Perfect story telling, fantastic performances, enjoyable colour scheme. And it was such a special experience to see it with my mom. 6) Designing Patterns – Book by Lotta Kühlhorn. 7) Jazz dance classes – Autumn semester started after summer break. 8) Gluten free cake – cafe Agata opened in Helsinki (Annankatu 22). 9) Braids – My hair is finally long enough to make this crown like hairdo again. 10) Mänttä Art Festival – Amazing art all over Mänttä. Pic featuring Kalevi Helvetti’s drawing: Haikala
One of my free time leisures is to go to Pinterest and window daydream with images. I collect inspirational pictures of places I’d like to go, moments I’d like to live and people I’d like to be. Today I made myself a new mood board wallpaper from my current inspirations: from Tove Jansson to kittens.
I don’t know all the credits for the photographs – you can find the Pinterest links for them from my profile. For the artist that took the photos I’d like to say thank you for enlightening the world with your images. Have a wonderful weekend all!
P.S. Feel free to download this wallpaper for your own use if it suits your fancy.