Forest Queen’s Getaway

While on my walking adventures around Toronto I got obsessed by the Queen Anne’s Lace in their hibernation form. They look like delicate nests. So for the Matte Painting assignment I knew I wanted to use photographs I took of them as the base for a warm whimsical sunset setting. I’d like to knock on that door and be invited inside to share a cup of yogi tea. You’re welcome to join me.

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Piece of Cake

Plenty of things to celebrate. 1st) There was the channel’s birthday last week. 2nd) Today we are officially over 100 subscribers. 3rd) It’s Midsummer – Juhannus this weekend. So this week I illustrated a cake using Adobe illustrator snd Photoshop. Thanks for the idea Shankar. Enjoy!


I guess I haven’t yet spoken here much about the fact that this Autumn I moved to Turku and started new studies in Turku University of Applied Sciences majoring is Animation. It’s been approximately one month now and I’ve really enjoyed myself. One of the first “real” class (meaning that all the introduction classes have been more about the studying itself rather than the subject of study) has been digital photography. This series of photographs was my take on our last homework: how to illustrate a movie you’ve seen with five photographs.sisterhood_photography_elli-maanpaa_2015

I chose a French film called Il y a longtemps que je t’aime (English: I’ve Loved You So Long) by Philippe Claudel. The movie is beautiful drama about love, family, forgiveness and sisterhood. It’s also very French in it’s impeccable style throughout the filmography and costume design. I won’t give you more spoilers. In my photos I played the role of both sisters, took most of the photographs with self-timer and used lot of photoshop. Big thanks also to my assistant and male model Mr. Kuula. I’m really happy how these pictures turned out. sisterhood_photography_elli-maanpaa_2015 sisterhood_photography_elli-maanpaa_2015 sisterhood_photography_elli-maanpaa_2015 sisterhood_photography_elli-maanpaa_2015