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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Saara Aalto Takes It All

Finnish song bird Saara Aalto competes in the finals of X Factor UK this evening. She is amazingly talented and she has fought hard for her success. I’m rooting for her big time or as we say in Finnish: “Näytä niille närhen munat Saara” Watch her breathtaking performances for example here and here.

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Ihan OK!

Ihan OK! is Ukkosmaine‘s 6th studio album. The title means in English Quite Ok! It’s an album full of new Ukkosmaine disco-rock-pop songs: dance music with optimism and synthetic sounds. But this time there is also a deeper melancholy side to the lyrics. When life is not only fantastic fireworks but with its ups and downs it’s still quite ok.

I was honoured when Wilhelm and Klaus asked me to design illustrations to their album cover and tee-prints. Below you can see preliminary doodles for the cover ideas. I decided to use hand signs which we use to express we’re ok when the words are not enough. The mini-disco-star in the Ukkosmaine catsuit holds on the hand to cope in the big wide world. In the other image the same disco-star gives thumbs-up while flying with his disco-balloon to his dreams. CONTINUES —>

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After the sketches were approved I started to work in the illustrator to create vector images. I used Ukkosmaine’s brand colours: pink, yellow and black. As you can see the first colour palette was way too pastel. CONTINUES —>

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After I got the colours right I continued colouring in the Photoshop. A added a noise texture to give the illustration a video vibe. Below is the final cover illustration. CONTINUES —>

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I also made an black-and-white version of the illustration for a tee-print. You can buy this shirt from here until the 14th of February 2016CONTINUES —>

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I also designed another tee-print for the band. This one is mashup from the songs on the album. As you can see from the not-so-pretty sketch below in right the boys in the band trust me enough to know I create something neat even though my doodles would be little rough. CONTINUES —>

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This Ukkosmaine 8-bit print has been a real hit. You can buy your own shirt from hereCONTINUES —>

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There is still time until the 14th of February to take part in the Ihan Ok! -mesenaatti funding campaign where you can buy the album, shirts and other super goodies beforehand. Cool thing is that the upcoming album has already raised the sum they were originally looking for but all the extra pennies go for the band to continue keep making the world a better place with their music. So go for it!

Rock Cat for Ville Karttunen

Tunnet muusikko Ville Karttusen ennestään Ukkosmaine ja Hullut Hattuset bändeistä, mutta nyt Villellä on oma sooloalbumi tuloillaan. Voit ottaa osaa sooloalbumin mahdollistamiseen Villen Mesenaatti-projektin avulla. Ville pyysi minua suunnittelemaan t-paita printin projektia varten aiheena “Kissa, joka soittaa v-kitaraa”. Alla ensimmäisiä luonnoksia.

You know musician Ville Karttunen from the bands Ukkosmaine and the Hullut Hattuset but now Ville has his own solo album coming out. You can take part in making the album happen trough Ville’s Mesenaatti project. Ville asked me to design him a tee print with the theme “Cat who plays V-guitar”. Below you can see the first drafts.

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Villen ohjeistus oli, ettei kissasta saa tulla liian söpö. Lisäsin katu-uskottavuutta epäsymmetrisillä yksityiskohdilla ja maanisella meiningillä. Lisäsin kissalle myös Villen pitkät hiukset.

Ville didn’t want the cat to look too cute. I added street cred by adding asymmetrical details and manic feel. I also added Ville’s long hair to the cat.

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Kun olin saanut kuvan piirrettyä käsin mieleiseksi, otin siitä valokuvan ja piirsin kuvan puhtaaksi illustratorilla.

After getting the drawing look the way I wanted I photographed it and drew it over in Illustrator.

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Sitten lisäsin vielä yksityiskohtia (mm. VK nimikirjaimet) ja rosoisuutta printtiin. Valmista tuli. Voit ostaa paidan mesenoimalla Villen albumia täällä.

Then I added more details (like the VK initials) and roughness to the print. And it’s done. You can by the shirt by supporting Ville’s album here.

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Heart Does Not Sleep

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Tasan viikko sitten lauantaina jännitin Ylen studiolla konserttiyleisössä. Olin siellä kannustamassa Pihka ja myrsky bändiä Uuden musiikin kilpailun UMK:n 1. karsinnassa. Heidän kappaleensa Sydän ei nuku on valloittava indiepopbiisi, joka jää sopivasti päähän soimaan.

Exactly week ago on Saturday I was being excited at the YLE studios. I was there supporting the band Pihka ja myrsky in the UMK song contest. Their song Sydän ei nuku (in English Heart Does Not Sleep) is charming indie pop song that stays in your head.

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Surreaalia, että vain viikkoa aiemmin sain olla itse keikalla Pihka ja myrsky bändin keulakuvien Lassen ja Hennan kanssa, kun Korkeasaaren Teatteri veti minikonsertin pohjoismaiden eläintarhanhoitajille. Löydätkö Lassen ja Hennan yllä olevista kuvista (vinkki: vasemmalla)? Minä olen Korkeasaaren Teatterin kuvassa tuo pusuhuuli toisena oikealta.

Surreal that only week before I had been on a gig with Pihka ja myrsky rock idols Lasse and Henna since the Korkeasaari Teatteri did miniconcert for the Scandinavian zookeepers. Can you find Lasse and Henna from the photos above (hint: on left)? I’m the pouty mouth second from right in the Korkeasaari Teatteri pic.

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Lauantai alkoi – kunnon fanitytön tapaan – kyltin tekemisellä. Se sai osakseen somerakkautta jo ennen konserttia kun postasin kuvan twitteriin.

Saturday started – like it does with all true fan girls – by making a fan sign. The sign got a lot of social-media-love before the concert after I posted it to twitter.

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Pihka ja myrsky esiintyi karsinnoissa neljäntenä. Heidän shownsa oli mielettömän hyvä. Kauniiseen biisiin oli yhdistetty hauska visuaalinen korografia liikkuvine kajareineen. Jos alussa rokkikukkoja vähän jännitti, niin viimeistään ensimmäisen kertosäkeen kohdalla esiintyminen oli muuttunut silkaksi nautinnoksi. Voit katsoa live esiintymisen täältä.

Pihka ja myrsky performed in the fourth place. Their show was spectacular. The catchy song was accompanied by fun visual choreography with moving loudspeakers. If the rockers were little bit nervous in the beginning it changed to  enjoyment of performing already before the first chorus. You can see their live performance here.UMK15 Tiia Santavirta Photography 2015

Minä nautin keikasta (ja koko konsertista) suunnattomasti, mutta myötäelin myös jännityksessä niin vahvasti, ettei minulla ole illasta kovin selvää muistikuvaa. Kuulin myöhemmin että olin vilahdellut useasti myös suorassa TV-lähetyksessä kylttini kanssa. Jee.

I enjoyed their performance (and the whole concert) enormously but I also sympathized in the excitement so strongly that my memories of the night are not very clear. I heard later that I also had had my fifteen-seconds-of-fame in the national TV with my sign. Jeah.UMK 2015 YLE

Lopuksi julistettiin äänestystulos. Pihka ja myrsky ei tällä kertaa päässyt UMK finaaliin. Pettymys kirpaisi, vaikkei se ollut täysin odottamaton sillä samassa karsinnassa kilpaili pari suurta ennakkosuosikkia, kuten Satin Circus ja Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. Minun silmissäni Pihkis on kuitenkin voittaja.

Ultimately they announced the vote results. Pihka ja myrsky did not make to the UMK finals this time. It was a disappointment even though the result was not completely unexpected since P&M competed in the same elimination as the two biggest front runners Satin Circus and Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. In my eyes though Pihka ja myrsky is the winner.
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Tänä iltana tulee 2. karsinta YLE TV2 klo 21 ja 3. karsinta ensi lauantaina. Sitten ollaankin jo finaalissa, jossa Suomen tämän vuoden Euroviisu-edustaja valitaan. Elämme jännittäviä aikoja.

Tonight is the 2nd elimination in YLE TV2 at 9pm and the 3rd elimination next Saturday. Then it’s already the finals where this years Eurovision song contest competitor of Finland will be selected. We live exciting times.

Penny Lane

Penny Lane is a Beatles themed musical perfromed by show choir Partita. They performed the show three times this Spring in Kulttuuritalo Grand in Porvoo. Below (2nd picture) is couple of press photographs from the colorful and joyful show. I designed the graphic material for the perfromance: from the poster and facebook graphics to the playbill. pennylane_ellimaanpaa_2014_poster_3.jpg

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I took some pictures of the playbill on our courtyard yesterday. The playbill is the flyer/booklet the audience get when they’re coming to see the show. There you have all the information about the crew, cast, music and sponsors. The playbill I designed fro Partita was horizontal A4 with four pages. I wanted it to look like a vinyl cover from the 60’s. I used the same colors and visual elements that I used in the poster which you can see it in the beginning of the post. I got really lovely feedback from the playbill – the Penny Lane performers and audience had liked it a lot.

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P.S. If you didn’t manage to see Penny Lane show yet you still have a chance to see it next Autumn. Partita has promised to organize some extra shows but they haven’t released the dates yet. You can stay tuned on their facebook page.

Ukkosmaine Book In Person

On Easter Monday morning I met up with Ville Karttunen from Ukkosmaine and he brought me the printed Ukkosmaine book: Salamaponin selässä – Ukkosmaineen tarinoita which he has written and I’ve illustrated. You’ve already seen glimpses of this book in the making of the cover post and some sketches of the illustrations.ukkosmaine_kauppatori_book_2014 Our plan was to celebrate the finished book and cheer it with some special coffees or sparkling wine. But it was the Easter Monday and no place were open. Finally we found a cooking booth in the Helsinki Market Square that sold fried vendace fish and soft drinks. So coke it was. But the sun was shining and coke tasted good while browsing trough the book that looked exactly as planned and even better. It’s always great feeling to see the final product in person and feel it in your hands. So cool. Cheers!

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I’m on the left and the writer Ville Karttunen on the right. Photographs by Elli and Ville 2014

Here are some more photographs of the book. Both outside and inside. ukkosmaine_book_ellimaanpaa_2014_1  ukkosmaine_book_ellimaanpaa_2014_2  ukkosmaine_book_ellimaanpaa_2014_3  ukkosmaine_book_ellimaanpaa_2014_7  ukkosmaine_book_ellimaanpaa_2014_6  ukkosmaine_book_ellimaanpaa_2014_7  ukkosmaine_book_ellimaanpaa_2014_8

Here is my desktop at the Heya workroom. Do you notice something new around here (other than it’s a bit messy)? ukkosmaine_book_ellimaanpaa_2014_9Yes. Well spotted! It’s of course the new Ukkosmaine poster in the right corner looking bright and cheerful.
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The book will be released officially on the 30th of April and you can pre order it here.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST I thought I would organize little LOTTERY with you guys. The prize: One Salamaponin selässä book with my autograph (value 19,95€). The book is in Finnish but maybe you’re interested in learning the language or then you can just concentrate on looking at the photographs and illustrations. I promise you this book will be collecting treasure later on. What you have to do is like Ukkosmaine facebook page here and follow my blog either trough  wordpress, facebook or bloglovin. Then just leave your email address to the comment box below. You have time to enter until the 1st of May 2014. Ok? Go!