Friday, February 26, 2010

Pinstripe umbrella

This could even be Mayor Poppins, I don't really know :]

Really want to work with colour but can't work digitally right now, so I've been watercolour doodling a lot. Deeelightful!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Maudlin photo fest

If you could see inside my heart...


(Told you it was gonna be maudlin! :P)

To kick things off: a Finnish poem states, 'when you walk the road, you are imprisoned by the road. The only way to be free is through knee deep snow.' And I am friggin' free!

The only tip you need for surviving winter:
F*** fashion - wear some proper clothes. Even if you can't afford a high-tech insulated ski jacket, no one's going to make fun of you for padding yourself up until you look like the Michelin mascot. Trust me, we've all been there.

(There's my favourite niece. Actually my only niece, actually technically my step-niece, but whatever...)

(Marina in the winter)

...End of fest!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Rainbow canyon giant frogspawn

That's not frogspawn, just domes of some sort, that's why they don't look like real life frogspawn.

Long explanation: I had a school assignment earlier this year where I had to copy a certain photo in watercolour; it had a ton of gradients and even though I got the colours very close to the original eventually (on my third try - I'll post the assignment later, I don't have it on hand at the moment), I could never... get... the damn gradients! So I started this painting from an old layout sketch with the intention to try out gradients in watercolours. I don't know if I actually figured out much about those, but at least it adds a bit of colour to my sketch-heavy oeuvre.

I'm back home in Finland with no Photoshop no nothing, enjoying the snow, and stumbling a surprising amount over my Finnish. And Vancouver has made me a bit soft when it comes to enduring cold. It's all coming back to me little by little, though. I just love it here!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

3 animals and 5 dots

Posting old stuff while away from civilised computers. By the way, I'll probably post some crappy photography of my snow-buried 'hood in the next couple of days YOU'VE BEEN WARNED

The three animal characters. I coloured this supposedly final version before beginning to wonder why the hell I'd chosen THE most boring options for every single character out of all three keys - argh! So they'll be getting a do-over.
The lineart is final, though... Probably.

Another "5 dots pose". This approach really has given me some much needed digital sketching fuel. Although, weirdly, both of my 5 dots poses so far have turned into some kind of self-portraits... Huh.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Unproductive interlude

Nobody's going to understand what the holy hell I'm talking about, but it really doesn't matter, it's awesome. There's this loopy British kids' show that I kind of LOVE called "Young Dracula." It's the story of how the Dracula family moves to a modern-day English town, Stokely. (...Not Stokley.)
Somebody went and combined Young Dracula with the title song to a somewhat similarly themed show from back in the day, and all I can say is, IT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE.