Category Archives: illustration

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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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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Frog Mountain

It’s the Frog Mountain, far away in the middle of a vast ocean, on a lonely island. The one who enters, shall never leave and must abandon all hope!

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Holiday Doodles

Duudles-A-Hoy!! Little something I did on my vacation week in Azores. Enjoy. ©

Blue Eyes

A quick one while I was doing other stuff. I was also listening to The Who, as you might see from the strip. Well, here it is. Hope you enjoy it. Have a good day!

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Mega Therion / Hexvessel / Islaja

Two Hexvessel-related poster designs. These are quite old already, 6-12 months or so. Hexvessel is my friend’s band. He also organizes a club called Mega Therion, tho I think they’re taking a break at the moment.

These were fun to do. Quite a lot of reference pictures of nature and crazy scenes of forest and occultism. And artistic freedom. Which is always nice.

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