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.
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!
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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
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!
Hello. Hello. I uploaded new Dood Elli Doo video already on Monday but only today I added the English subtitles. I love how convenient the Youtube subtitle tool was so I’m gonna use that also in the future. You can click on the subtitles by finding the sub icon from the right down corner of the display screen.
This is actually the first Dood Elli Doo video where do what I’m gonna do: tell stories while making illustrations. This one is about a Business Pigeon in Manhattan New York. Hope you like it. If you do I’m ever so grateful for likes, shares and subscribes. I’m gonna upload a new video this week. I think Thursday will become my day of new content. Wohooo!