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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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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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Siemens Animation / Anima Boutique

I was a piece of a bigger puzzle designing this animation for Siemens last Autumn. I was involved in creating the overall look of the film as well as the characters. I worked with the good people of Anima Boutique.

From Anima Boutique’s website:

“Siemens infosec

Siemens needed an educational animation about information security. Animated short films was a fresh approach, since most of the other infosec material out there seems to be a bit boring and old-fashioned.

All together, we produced 12 short scenes about Bob, a hard-working Siemens employee, who encounters different safety hazards. The scenes take place at the office, the lobby, the meeting rooms and the airport. No doubt, Bob solves them with common sense and outsmarts the burglars!

We hope that the character animation to makes the message easy to understand and fun to watch. For you good people online, we share the airport scenes. For the rest of the exclusive animated material, you’ll just need to get a job with Siemens.

Client Siemens
Producer Jari Lähteinen
Design Ossi Pirkonen
Animation Mari Hotti/Kiira Kalliomäki
Sounds Anne Tolkkinen

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The moment when people of the world got to know who MC Hammer ment by “‘Em” in his album’s title “Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em”.

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Summing up the year 2011, pt. 2. Little bit of painting, other outdoor stuff, festival and t-shirt graphics, funny little things like that.

^ Muutakin

JCDeacaux had a campaign here in Finland, where they ask people what they want to see on the streets. I was one of the four professional illustrators that took part of the campaign. I wanted to see “Tolerance, peace and brotherhood.”

I chose Mini Moog synthesizer and Gibson SG, the legendary rock guitar, to be the characters, since the poster was first up in the Flow Festival, in Helsinki. The festival is known to bring a lot of indie rockers and electronic music fans under the same lovely music-roof during a weekend. So that’s why the brotherhood.

^ Teuvo – Maanteiden Kuningas

This illustration was a t-shirt design made for an up and coming Finnish ad agency. They had an idea of making t-shirts out of legendary Finnish rock songs. I chose Teuvo – Maanteiden Kuningas, Teuvo – King of the Road.

Teuvo – Maanteiden Kuningas is a song by Leevi and the Leavings, a famous 80-90’s Finnish rock band. It tells a story of a young man who wrecks several cars within the course of the song and Finally wakes up from the final crash, crying and spitting blood.

The car is in the picture and also the writer of the song, heavily bearded Finnish guy, the leader of Leevi and the Leavings, now passed, Göstä Sundqvist.

^Animatricks Animation Festival 2011

Graphics for Finnish animation festival. Done in collaboration with Sami Viljanto. We designed and made the characters, took the pictures, did all of the marketing material, posters, postcards, catalog and such. Working with Hama-pearls was fun.

^Animatricks Window Painting

In the middle of Helsinki during the Animatricks animation festival there was an animation doll exhibition. I did the painting to the window.

^Peace / Multicoloured Dreams

In the summer I painted a 2 x 2 m wall painting right behind the Helsinki Music Center. The theme was Peace and the painting was part of a Multicoloured Dreams -project. (http://mcdreams.wordpress.com/)

I had an idea of painting a painting about peace in a city in an indigenous, urban totem style.

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