“Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”

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I did this wall painting couple of weeks back. It is next to Wanha Kauppahalli, in Helsinki. It’s 6m x 2,4m. I did it with spray paint and a stencil. There’s about 1900 little 5cm x 5cm color pieces in the painting. Name of the painting is “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, a Blade Runner nod.

Wanha Kauppahalli is being renovated at the moment, it’s packaged. You can go check it out if you want. There’s also about 20 other wall paintings there.

I love to paint. This piece was particularly fun to do because I haven’t really spray painted or used a stencil at all. All new for me. I intended the characters to be robots at first, but when they started looking like space invaders, I just went ahead and continued on that path.

This was part of Knitted City, a Multicoloured Dreams project. http://mcdreams.wordpress.com/

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My Top Albums Of 2012

A list I made today. Went through some of the albums I’ve listened this year, other top lists, some music blogs and music websites. Couldn’t make just one Top 10 list. Proved to be pretty hard. Made a quick Top 5 tho. It’s in the end.

Rock / Indie:
 
Field Music – Plumb
Donald Fagen – Sunken Condos
Ben Folds Five – The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind
Grizzly Bear – Shields
alt-J – An Awesome Wave
David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant 
Chairlift – Something
Tame Impala – Lonerism
Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
Grimes – Visions
…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Lost Songs 
Hexvessel – No Holier Temple
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

Electric-ish:
 
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Trouble
Todd Terje – It’s The Arps
Crozet – We’ll Be Gone By Then
Diiv – Oshin
Vcgm – SSSS
Ghost Monkey – Boxy Music
Disasterpeace – Fez
Lindström – Smalhans
Lone – Galaxy Garden
Machinedrum – SXLND EP
Mux Mool – Planet High School

 
Hard Rock / Metal:
 
Van Halen – A Different Kind Of Truth
Deftones – Koi No Yokan
Aerosmith – Music From Another Dimension (without the ballads)
Ginger – 555% / Mutation – The Frankenstein Effect / Hey!Hello! – S/T (Ginger released 3+1+1 albums this year)
Gallows – Gallows
Testament – Dark Roots Of Earth
Turbonegro – Sexual Harassment
The Darkness – Hot Cakes
Torche – Harmonicraft

Bubblin’ under:

Com Truise – In Decay
Futurecop! – The Movie
Mitch Murder – Glass Cities
Nitemoves – Longlines
The Men – Open Your Heart
Passion Pit – Gossamer
John Maus – A Collection of Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material
Purity Ring – Shrines
Sekuoia & Rain Dog – Finest Ego / Faces Series Vol. 3
S. Mahabra – S. Mahabra
Seams – Tourist / Sleeper
The Shins – Port Of Morrow
Slow Magic – Triangle
Slugabed – Time Team
Uppermost – One
Swans – The Seer
Lambchop – Mr. M

Top 5 of all of the above.


Van Halen – A Different Kind Of Truth

Field Music – Plumb

Mutation – The Frankenstein Effect

Disasterpeace – Fez

Deftones – Koi No Yokan

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Drawing Furry Creatures at Kamppi

The furry creatures are now taken down from Kamppi, but at the very end there was a day of drawing next to the thingies. I was there with the writer of the story, Maria Candia and we drew some illustrations for and with the kids that happened to stop by.

 

It was a delight. I drew a picture and gave it to a kid and soon after I got one myself! It was so cool. And the kids drawings were much nice and more imaginative than mine of course! :)

 

A sample of a visitors awesome furry thingie drawing:

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My Furry Animal Installation in the Middle of Helsinki

Wow, it’s been quite quiet on this front recently. I blame my new day job. I work at Rovio now, as a senior graphic designer. Have been for four months now.

Recently I’ve been involved with Napa Illustrations agency’s book Yellow City – Illustrated Stories from Helsinki. In the book the agency’s illustrations illustrate stories from Helsinki, written by Finnish authors. My story’s author was Maria Candia, a science fiction writer extraordinaire.

In the story Maria wrote there’s an alternative universe in which Kamppi shopping center doesn’t exist. Instead there’s a huge pit in the ground in where Köpöttis, these strange furry creatures, live.

Now the story comes to life. My installation is now in Kamppi shopping center. As you can see from the pictures the big boys are made from cardboard and tulle. Whole lot of stapling and voila, the installation is ready.

Well, not quite. It took so much time I couldn’t even imagine half of it. There was usually 3 people working on it, for 2-3 weeks mostly in the evening time, after day jobs. The gluing of the balls alone took quite a lot of time since every ball is made of ten long pieces that had to be glue together.

Luckily there was a lot of capable people working on the thingies from start to finish. I couldn’t have pulled this one off on my own. So, big, big thank you to Johanna, Marjo, Iiro, Maiju, Mia.

The Köpötti’s, as they are called in the short story, are now in Kamppi. Go check them out if you’re around. Kamppi representatives said they are the first ever art installation in Kamppi shopping center. I’m quite proud of that!

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Instagram

Hey guys! If you want to follow me on Instagram and never knew how that wonderful thing was possible, well, now you do!

My instagram name is Ossyhello. Just go ahead and follow me if you like! There’s quite a lot of small and pretty comics I’ve made in recent weeks. They just kept on popping up.

Anyways, have a nice day!

Collector of Small Toys

I love small toys. You know, the kind that you’d might give to a kid and go “don’t put that in your mouth” and continue to mumble “it WILL get stuck in your throat, and that’s not a pretty sight.”

I’ve found mine from flea markets, mostly. I have nice memories of some of them. Some are just repair parts for less-toy-filled-childhood.

Preference seems to be dinosaur toys. I wanted to be an archeologist when I was a kid.

Oh, and then there’s the strange looking colorful characters. I’d like to know who designed them. I know that they’ve been a Happy Meal toy at some point, I don’t know, maybe ten years ago, but I think they’re brilliant. I haven’t been able to figure out who has designed them. So if you have any info, please share that info with me. Thank you!

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ossyhello:

I went to the Fontwalk the other day. Cool beans! I was wishing a bit more of hard history facts, but other than that the walk is something I can definitely recommend. Go, enjoy!

Originally posted on Napa Galleria:

Cities are full of visual stories. Signs and symbols, letters and numbers – their main purpose is functional, to give information. What if we looked at them from another angle: as something that, in addition to being informative, can be aesthetically pleasing or tell an interesting story?

Fontwalk is an independently taken stroll up and down the streets of Kamppi, pointing out details and exploring the visual role of graphic design in the streetscape. The route takes approximately 45 minutes to walk and is based on a map distributed free of charge at Napa Gallery. Thirty-one destinations illustrate the past and present of typography and graphic design, and also offer a glimpse of the micro history of the area.

The map is designed by graphic designer Camilla Pentti together with Napa Gallery and will be available at Napa Gallery from April 26, until the edition runs out.

With Fontwalk Napa Gallery wishes…

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Kuvita!-Festival / Wondrous Sea

Last weekend I was painting a big painting in Kuvita!-festival. The festival was first of its kind in nordic countries and was held In Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland.

It was way more fun than what I anticipated. I haven’t painted too much. Not recently at least. Maybe during my school years, but that’s more than seven years ago.

I got invited to do the painting by Satu Kettunen, an organizer of the The Multicolored Dreams -movement here in Finland. What is The Multicolored dreams you ask? The Multicoloured Dreams (MCD) was created by three artists in Helsinki on summer 2010. Its aims are as well increasing the amount of art and culture on the streets of Helsinki as encouraging everybody to participate in creative action in the common space. More info about it here: http://mcdreams.wordpress.com/

The festival was kind of a small universe of Finnish illustration and illustrators, guru’s and newcomer’s, even a Swedish guest was accepted to speak, ha. http://www.karlgrandin.com/

We illustrated a poem by Finnish poet Edith Södergran. It’s called Wondrous Sea. Here it is in Finnish: http://fi.wikisource.org/wiki/Ihmeellinen_meri Very inspiring poem.

The size of the painting was 250 cm x 207 cm. We painted on a MDF-board with non-toxic Uula-paint.


And as it happens, when a lot of things, well, almost everything goes right, something needs to go horribly wrong. This time it was documenting the whole event. I trusted my camera too much and the automatic option let me down. I think it was the lighting or the lack of it, and also the fact that I should’ve learn how to use my camera in a situation like that. That would’ve most likely save me the trouble of cursing myself to the ground after I started downloading the pics to my computer.

Luckily there was some good pictures there too.

Bottom line is: I need to paint more. It’s fun.

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Posteljoona Typography

Did a record cover for a friend. Well, a single cover. A typographic bundle of joy.

I made a couple of different color versions of it. The one I liked was the colorful one. The client went with the red / paper texture -version, which turned out good too, in my opinion. I’m just such a sucker for colors. What can I say.

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