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 🙂
Winter in Finland can feel like lifetime in Mordor. There is days when I feel like I’m living in the never ending night surrounded only by darkness. But as you know: light looks the brightest next to a shadow. So when the missed sun rises above the horizon there couldn’t be prettier place to be. Also loved ones, winter treats and drawing are my go to when I’m in need for some extra light. Now there is already promise of Spring in the air and another winter bites the dust. Bye winter. In your darkness you shine.
I have a strong work ethic on everything I love to do: art, design, animation. There is the constant need for improvement. I’ve been drawing daily for maybe three years now. Of course I’ve always drawn a lot but about three years ago I started the 365-drawings-a-year challenge. After the year ended I chose to keep on drawing daily but not beat myself up if I miss a day or only doodle something super fast. There is a balance I try to seek. Balance of persistent training and keeping zen.
For the Christmas Holiday I came up with a new challenge for myself. I had this old sketchbook that I decided to fill during the two week holidays. My aim was to draw a lot of landscapes since I want to be better at drawing the backgrounds. In the end it took little longer but I managed to fill this sketchbook in 24 days. If you wanna see how it turned out take a look below.
Happy Independence Day Finland! Hyvää Itsenäisyyspäivää Suomi! Independent Finland turns 99-years-old today. So our country is a grand old lady. Grateful to be Finn.
Joulukorttikauppa Christmas Card Shop 2016 is now open in. The shop joulukorttikauppa.fi is featuring not only the favourite cards from last year but thirteen new and fresh Christmas card illustrations from me and Vesa Kuula. I will share making of videos of my illustrations later on my Youtube channel. Also if you’d like to keep updated be sure to like Joulukorttikauppa’s facebook page. Thank you. Have an awesome Halloween weekend!
HOX! Sale 20% off of everything at Redbubble until midnight 25th of July. Use poromo code SCREAM20.
I have good news for everyone who fancied my UHANALAISET – ENDANGERED paintings. Remember: the animalistic take on Finnish art history and the exhibition held in Korkeasaari Helsinki Zoo in August year ago? Now you can indulge yourself in my Redbubble store. Imagine summer travels with the Pikkupanda of Finland string bag or snapchatting under the warm gaze of Virgin Snow. Not bad, huh? Get the whole look of the Uhanalaiset goodies in my Redbubble Elli Maanpää store. Thank you!
Pikkupanda of Finland: Drawstring bag, Tote bag, iPad case
Virgin Snow: Drawstring bag, iPhone case, Throw pillow
Elonaali: Tote bag, Throw pillow, Spiral NotebookAd Leo Astra : Tote bag, Samsung Galaxy case, Drawstring bag, Spiral notebook
Wounded Snowy Owl: Travel mug, Framed print, Hardcover Journal, Sticker
The Convalescent Emperor: Throw pillow, Tote bag, Greeting card
P.S. The store operates from Europe (it also operates in the States) so no extra custom duties if you order for example to Finland. Jey!
Watch today’s Dood Elli Doo and find out. Don’t forget to turn on the English subtitles. Plus there is a give away lottery of the postcard art so be sure to participate. Awesomeness!