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Scottish Hipster Octopus Taking a Selfie

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Scottish Hipster Octodude

Done for the Pictoplasma character selfie exhibition in 2014. Part of their 10th anniversary exhibition in Berlin. More selfies (by some other great people) here: http://characterselfies.tumblr.com/

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“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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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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Shape/Shift / So Divided

Awesome January news! I was approached by Lisa and the folks of Inkygoodness. They are a good bunch of creative people, organizers of quality art events.

Inkygoodness is putting up a show, Fiend Projects, to the Designcenter de Winkelhaak in Antwerp and they asked me to be one of the featured artists. I was honored to participate. There’s 25 artists (including me) taking part of the exhibition.

The theme is Shape/Shift.

“A being who has the ability to change its shape into that of another person, creature, or other entity or finds its shape involuntarily changed by someone else.”

I decided to do a character, a being, that is in the process of being morphed. There’s an entity of maybe a bit more evil character growing out of the main character. The main character is sitting while the darker bubbly guy is trying to make itself some arms and legs and start living on its own.

Earlier Inkygoodness has been collaborating with Pictoplasma, McBess, Muxxi and other great artists.

Oh, and one more thing, as my main man Columbo would say. This was made with Adobe Illustrator (and with Photoshop). I havent really used Illustrator before, but now I’m determined to make it my friend, by force.

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