Which Tee I Choose?

Draw With Jazza announced the Artsy Tee Design challenge finalists. There were over 800 designs submitted and three finalists chosen. Sadly my design Art Is Not For Ninnies didn’t make the cut. So it was time to take this shirt into my own hands – since I want it so bad. I uploaded the design into my Redbubble store. Now I should just choose between the Women’s Fitted Scoop or Women’s Relaxed Fit T-shirt. What do you think? Which one should I order? You can also comment by participating the Twitter poll.


Art Is Not For Ninnies also on Stickers, Tote Bags and Wall Clocks.art-is-not-for-ninnies_elli-maanpaa_shop_2017


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 —>


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 —>


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 —>


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 —>


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 —>


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


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!

Dog King

When I told my friend I was designing an illustration about dogs his first response was “I’m sorry“. He saw me so much as a cat person (I’ve done many paintings and illustrations about cats) that he tough that designing dogs would not be so fun for me. But it really is quite the opposite. Yes I love cats but I love dogs too. I’m like this.

What I adore about dogs is that they always seem be full of joy. Also they can’t hide their feelings at all. Imagine a human with a dog tail trying to say “No, I’m not at all excited to see you again” but the tail waving like crazy. Would you believe the words or the tail? Cats are loving and mysterious. Dogs are loving and honest.

Now let’s talk about the design. I did this Dog King illustration to Hau-Hau Champion illustration contest. The task was to design dog cup, tablet and a print for a t-shirt with the theme Passionate About Dogs. Judges chose 9 designs to the finals and my Dog King made it to the finalists. Jey! You can vote the design in facebook Hau-Hau Champion page by liking the picture. The winner is chosen by the amount of likes in the facebook. Below more about the making of the design.

dog_king_hauhauchampion_ellimaanpaa_design_2014_4The story of this design starts from the jogging trail. One day I saw a man running with a t-shirt that had a A4 size photograph of a running dog. Maybe it was his own dog in the picture I figured since  the shirt had self-made vibe. Designed wise I thought that is a great idea for a t-shirt print. How much fun it’s to run in a good company you’ll have only by wearing this shirt!dog_king_hauhauchampion_ellimaanpaa_design_2014_5Doodling is important part of the designing process. Trying out different dimensions and characters.


Then some hard work at the computer (at the Heya workroom). I’m finalizing the four happy chaps.


One of my favorite parts (aren’t they all) is trying out different color options. Here is yellow-orange-purple version of the doggies.


But in the end I decided to go with only 4 bright and bold colors: red, yellow, black and white – to keep the design compact and graphic. Below is the t-shirt print. That is 3 color print on a red shirt.


The dog food cup’s image area is very wide so I made it like a dog fortress. These guys won’t share their food (unless you’re really nice person and give them some treats in return).

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And last but not least is the pattern for the tablet: Dog King craziness. Hope you like it. If you do please like it also here and share the design joy with friends. Thank you so much!