Blind Contour Self Portrait

This was one of the exercise we’ve done for Beverley Ransom‘s wonderful Drawing for 3D Modelling and Animation -course. Blind Contour is a drawing technique where you draw the contour of an subject – in this case my own face – while you’re not allowed to look at the paper. You can look at your drawing only when repositioning the pen. I absolutely love this technique. It’s so much fun. And the self portrait turned out freaking awesome.



Brand New Me

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?


I Am Ready 2016

The year 2015 is coming to an end. And what a year it has been. I got my first personal art grant. I held my biggest (so far) art exhibition. I started studying (my fervors) animation and film. I moved back to my home town Turku (even though half of me is still in my 2nd home in Helsinki). I turned thirty.

It feels like my life has been spinning around me so fast for the whole year that I had to seize it for a brief moment to remember I was really here. Now lets say farewell to 2015 and welcome year 2016. Happy New Year!

Self-portraits taken with Olympus Pen Lite A-PL6.




Artists often create themselves in their images. At least I do. Even when I’m not trying to draw myself I easily add some features of my own face to the image. It’s like my nose and eyes are doing photo-bombing in almost all my drawings regardless who the actual muse is. But in this sketch-a-day drawing I did s self-portrait on purpose. It’s a drawing of me painting myself. Drawing can be good self-examination but it can also be used as a disguise. I used pencil, color pencil, marker and correction pen onto brown paper. Below you can see the whole work and some close-ups.self_portrait_drawing_elli_maanpaa_ellimaanpaa_2014_1 self_portrait_drawing_elli_maanpaa_ellimaanpaa_2014_2 self_portrait_drawing_elli_maanpaa_ellimaanpaa_2014_3 self_portrait_drawing_elli_maanpaa_ellimaanpaa_2014_4