Aid For Imagination

Has that happened to you that you’d like to draw something from your imagination but when you stare at that blank sheet of paper all the ideas you had just a moment ago, vanishes? It for sure has happened to me. When I’m ready to fall asleep or walking outside my mind is full of images. But when I’m facing a blank white paper my mind becomes as blank and I cannot think anything to draw. In this weeks video on the Elli Maanpää Art channel, I show a way to go around that. How to make the empty paper burst into endless drawing possibilities.

P.S. I’m leaving to another Euranim Video Mapping workshop – this time in Lille, France – on Sunday so I might not be posting much next week. But I’ll film a vlog from the travel so in a way I’m gonna take you with me. You just have to wait and see.


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Taitteessa

I mentioned this project briefly before but now it’s happening. Taitteessa is an short vlog style documentation of Media studies in Turku Arts Academy in Turku University of Applied Sciences. Us four students – Kia, Emilia, Venla and I – filmed our study life during January 2017. Emilia and Venla study Advertisement, Kia studies Journalism and I study Animation. The Taitteessa workgroup edited the material into four times four short episodes. Two first episodes from each of us have already come out. The next episode featuring me will come out on Wednesday on the Turun AMK:n Taideakatemia facebook page. And on Friday on the TurunAMK YouTube page. Below is the trailer. Episodes 1 and 2 you can find by clicking one or two. Enjoy also the selection of my crazy facial expressions in these video thumbnails.

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30 Minutes To Spare For Drawing

Do you sometimes feel like drawing but don’t really know what to draw? I thought I’d make a series from that topic to my YouTube channel Elli Maanpää Art. This weeks video is the Part 1 on What To Draw. In this video I share one of the coolest websites: line-of-action.com where you can take online drawing classes. I’m especially addicted to the figure drawing classes since it’s such an essential craft for an artist. I hope you enjoy my speed drawing female figures -video.

10 Tips On Applying To Art University

Since it’s that time of the year that everybody is figuring out what they gonna do when they grow up so I thought I could share some tips on how to get into the Art University of your dreams. It’s in Finnish since I have only applied and been accepted to Universities in Finland so that’s all I know. But I added English subtitles so just click on the CC button to understand what I’m raving about. I’m not claiming to be an expert but as an three-times-applicant I’ve seen some things and wanna share the wisdom. See my ten tips below.

I guess my biggest point is that the school alone cannot give you a career. Only you self can make it happen. So don’t stress about getting into the right school too much.

Thank you for tuning in and have a good one. See you next time with more art.

P.S. The awesome archive material I used on the video is from Archive.org

Water On Nonexistent Planet

I finally reached the end of my sketchbook. When I had only one spread left I asked what should I draw on it in my instagram @ellimaanpaa. I got two great answers: 1st Draw a nonexistent planet & 2nd Draw a landscape with water. I decided to try to combine these two. I drew the Spacescape with brushmarker and it took about one hour to make. 

Perfect Day

I’m planning to do a post about 2016 favourites. But before that I just want to share with you what a perfect day the 1st of January 2017 was. Great start for a new year.

It all started with a perfect winter weather. Sun was shining and Turku looked beautiful. We took a long walk with my loved one and I photographed the city scenery with my phone. Then at home I drew the photos to my sketchbook with the brushmarkers Santa gave me for Christmas. What a perfect day. 

“Bye Bye” Says the Christmas Card Shop 2016

Joulukorttikauppa Christmas Card Shop 2016 is now closed. Thank you so much for all the orders. I love making christmas cards for you guys. Have lovely Holidays!

P.S. Phototgraph taken yesterday in front of the Turku Art Museum. Aren’t the christmas lights pretty? kiitos-tilauksista_2016_netti