Home Away From Home

Do you remember last summer when I was looking for a room to rent from Toronto for the Autumn? I do. It felt like a hard task since the real estate market is booming: everybody want’s to move to Toronto. But thanks to good luck angels I found a room before I it was time to move.

The home I found from Toronto was welcoming from the start, filled with good energy. My roommate became Canadian sister for me showing where to get the best deals on fresh fruits.

In these two drawings I tried to capture the spirit of my Toronto home. These are also home assignments for the Drawing for 3D animation class. The aim was to study light and reflections. I used different paper but same col-erase pencil in both of them. The first drawing is from the backyard. I always imagined two poets sitting on these chairs gossiping about the essence of life. And in the 2nd one you can see our home mascot: Tito and his eyes full of love.

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Trip To OIAF

Last weekend I hopped on a school bus and travelled to Ottawa International Animation Festival OIAF. I was so happy I went. I saw amazing animation feature films and short films all over the world.  Especially I enjoyed attending the talks where the artists shared their behind the scenes stories for example from such films as the The Breadwinner and Coco. The weekend was so good. Maybe next time I visit OIAF I have my own short film featured there. Wouldn’t that be something.

Turning Opera de Lille Into A Dollhouse

Last week was spectacular. It was also so intense that after getting back home I’ve been down with a cold whole week. But nevertheless I’m so proud of the work we did last week in Lille in France. I’m excited that I’m able to share how the week went by in my workshop & travel vlog I uploaded to my Youtube channel Elli Maanpää Art.

During the 4-day workshop we created animation to project on the wall of the Opera de Lille. The showtime of the video mapping was last Friday at 9PM as a part of the Fête de l’anim. You can watch the whole video mapping on this video filmed by Daniel Derg – since I chose to show only our part in my vlog to keep it short and snappy.

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There were 50 students and professionals from Europe and Asia taking part on the workshop. My group “The Roomies” – me (Turku Arts Academy), Thomas Van Fucht (Howest), Leonardo Altieri (CSC Turin) and Elena Sorrentino (CSC Turin) – turned the Opera De Lille into a Circus themed dollhouse.

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I did three illustrations and animations: Cannon Lady, Clown and Lion. I worked with Illustrator, Photoshop and After Effects. You can see my work here in these looping gif’s. I really loved working in this method. Which character you like the best?

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As Viborg this week was one to remember. Thank you Euranim and Turku Arts Academy for making it happen!

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Animated Dreams in Tallinn

Greetings from Tallinn. I’m at the moment travelling back home from animation festival Animated Dreams held in the beautiful city Tallinn in Estonia. I was there for 4-days with my schoolmates and it was a blast. We ate well, enjoyed the historic scenery and shopped cheap art supplies. 

But I must admit I was little disappointed by the dark tone of most of the festival short films: they were often violent and rough. Nevertheless I managed to see few shorts that I was inspired by. Those were G-Aaah by Elizabeth Hobbs, Parade by Digna van der Put and You Are Not The Strongest by Emilio Yerba. These three were delightful, witty and pleasant to look at. I also saw the most enjoyable French feature animation film called Louise By The Shore by Jean-François Laguionie about an old lady and a dog in a seaside town. As my friend said it, it felt like a warm hug after all the war themed shorts. 

Now heading back home and school to finish my own very first drawn animation short. Here are some snaps from the trip. Enjoy!

Video Mapping In Viborg

Couple of weeks ago I had a chance to participate in a Video Mapping Workshop in Viborg Denmark. Here’s my video documentation from the trip.

The workshop was organized by Euranim. It’s an European project that involves 6 animation schools around Europe. The hosting school for this workshop was The Animation Workshop in Viborg Denmark.

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Our lead guru to the magical world of Video Mapping was Tamás Zador from Hungary. Also Lasse Andersen from Denmark englightened us with his video mapping works. The wonderful hostess and coordinator Lana Tankosa Nikolic from TAW made us feel welcomed.

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In this workshop there were 13 students participating. We formed 3 groups and each group made 1 minute 52 second long animation. The building Arsenal (in the picture below) was divided to three sections and every group got one section. My group had the left side of the building.

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The week was wonderful: exhausting and inspiring. I learned so much. I’m super thankful of the experience. Thank you Euranim and Turku Arts Academy!

Summer Mashup

Today it’s raining and cold outside. In just couple of days it’s going to be September. So I guess this is what I have left of the summer 2016. These photographs have been taken in Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Latvia by me and my boyfriend with my Olympus  Pen Lite E-PL6 and iPhone 5s. If interested to see more check out also the travel videos from Tallinn & Riga and Stockholm.

So many sunny memories. Thank you summer for being amazing. Bye now and see you next year.

Doodling Tourist In Stockholm

Last week we were in Stockholm with my bf and family. We saw vikings, beaches and lot of red dots. I had my sketchbook with me so I made another Travel doodling video to Dood Elli Doo Youtube channel. Hope you enjoy it. With love, Elli.

P.S. I try to post new video every Thursday