Hey, I found your blog when I was searching Magellan Exchange on google and you mentioned that you were accepted. Were you overall pleased with the program and did you get to go where you were wanting? I'm sorry for asking this weird unexpected question.

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Yes, I did a semester of Magellan exchange in America. I felt that applying was quite simple and I got where I wanted. I didn’t get to register to any classes until the week I arrived to America, which left me a bit disappointed since some of the classes I really wanted to take were already full. It was an awesome experience though. Go for it!

  • Hey how’s it going

    I’ve been working as graphic artist trainee at Rovio Entertainment for two weeks now and it’s been very nice. I get to work with this 24HD Cintiq and coming home to draw on my Yiynova feels so clumsy compared to the Cintiq.

    Besides work, I’ve done some vis dev stuff and storyboards for my upcoming webcomic. Not a lot of blog-worthy stuff to share yet.

    I graduated today as a Bachelor of Fine Arts, which is nice. I applied to the Animation Workshop this spring to study Computer Graphics. I got in, but after close consideration I decided to take a small break from school to work on my personal stuff and maybe try to turn my traineeship into a full time job. If I feel like going back to school, I’ll apply to the AW again.

  • The last art classes I took at my school! These are the color tests I made for my color metal graphics’ class. I nailed the etching part, but completely failed the aquatints, making the colors way too light, so these tests are the ones I’ll submit. Dinosaurs! Dinosaurs are cool!

    Oh man I’m so excited to have all my art classes done. Now all I have left to do is a loooooot of writing. Ggah. Writing.

  • I assembled a texture pack from my thesis experiments, free for your personal non-commercial use. Most of these are watercolor monotypes, either original scans or with inverted colors because they’re way cooler with inverted colors :D. Pack no 2 will follow as I have a lot of materials left!

    I threw in a couple of (bad but still usable) photos of one of the offset plates I painted (the plate itself was super cool, but the print, unfortunately, failed).

    All images are approx. 2500-4000px wide or long, with 72 dpi resolution. (small preview of full texture images here)

    It’s available for free on Gumroad, but there’s also a pay-what-you-want option if you want to support an artist who’s moving and facing a bit of a financially difficult June, with two rents, moving costs and deposit on my new apartment.

    All donations are greatly appreciated ✿^ ‿ ^✿

    GET THE TEXTURE PACK HERE!

  • My third thesis piece for our graduating exhibition at Jyväskylä art museum.
It’s available as a 49x37cm print (19x14,5 inch) at the museum store, and I’ll probably do a giveaway on one of the test prints later this spring :)

    My third thesis piece for our graduating exhibition at Jyväskylä art museum.

    It’s available as a 49x37cm print (19x14,5 inch) at the museum store, and I’ll probably do a giveaway on one of the test prints later this spring :)

  • Another thesis piece for our graduation exhibition at Jyväskylä art museum. I combined hand printed watercolor monotypes with digital drawing&painting. 
This piece is called Disco Mare Balticum! (the looters), and it is based on a story I heard about a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea. There had been some looters who had made no effort to cover their tracks. They had tried to steal artefacts most inconvenient (things they could lift on the bottom of the sea, but not on the surface), and left footprints EVERYWHERE. My first mental image of the event was something like this (note the very obvious Saturday Night Fever reference that I’m now making even more obvious by pointing it out :D).
A 49x39 cm (19x15 inches) print is available at the museum store.

    Another thesis piece for our graduation exhibition at Jyväskylä art museum. I combined hand printed watercolor monotypes with digital drawing&painting. 

    This piece is called Disco Mare Balticum! (the looters), and it is based on a story I heard about a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea. There had been some looters who had made no effort to cover their tracks. They had tried to steal artefacts most inconvenient (things they could lift on the bottom of the sea, but not on the surface), and left footprints EVERYWHERE. My first mental image of the event was something like this (note the very obvious Saturday Night Fever reference that I’m now making even more obvious by pointing it out :D).

    A 49x39 cm (19x15 inches) print is available at the museum store.

  • One of three thesis pieces (that’s quite fun to say) for our graduating artists’ exhibition at Jyväskylä art museum. I combined hand printed watercolor monotype with textures found around the school (mostly my studio’s stained floor :D) and hand drawn elements into a digital painting. Lots of fun, let me tell you!
The piece is called “Gimme gimme gimme!”, and it’s available as a 38x39cm (about 15x15 inches) pigment ink print at the museum store. 

    One of three thesis pieces (that’s quite fun to say) for our graduating artists’ exhibition at Jyväskylä art museum. I combined hand printed watercolor monotype with textures found around the school (mostly my studio’s stained floor :D) and hand drawn elements into a digital painting. Lots of fun, let me tell you!

    The piece is called “Gimme gimme gimme!”, and it’s available as a 38x39cm (about 15x15 inches) pigment ink print at the museum store. 

  • Life update?

    I’m done with my thesis artwork, heading down to Jyväskylä tomorrow to set up the exhibition and then I’m DONE WITH SCHOOOOL (almost. I still have to do a written thesis.)

    In more exciting news, I GOT A JOB at Rovio animation studios for the summer :D. I’m so excited! This spring has been full of good news and I’m so PUMPED AND MOTIVATED to work on stuff YEAH! Especially now that my thesis artwork is done.

    So long and away, I’ll return next week!

  • Character designs for my AW application portfolio part 2.

    Happy little demon doge, Succubus squid, A post-apocalyptic survivalist who didn’t prepare for the apocalypse very well but is still miraculously alive and someone who’s probably gonna blind you with all that sparkle.

    I had fun with my portfolio! There’s still a couple of things to complete (*khrmPERSPECTIVEkhrm* and a couple of other things I’ve been so cleverly putting off), and the deadline’s tomorrow, so I have a looong night ahead :D

  • I think I’ve taken life drawing ONCE this year. Before that one time I think my last time was in 2010 even though my school offers weekly life drawing sessions.. I’m terribly regretting skipping all those evening classes now that I have to do a pile of life drawing for an application portfolio :D.

    If you don’t have any access to life drawing classes, there are some great free online resources for practicing. My current favourites right now:

    - FIGURE & GESTURE DRAWING - tools for self educating artists. A photo library for your use that randomly gives you photos

    and 

    - ONAIRVIDEO’S CROQUIS CAFE - 20 minute croquis sessions on youtube. AWESOME practice, 1, 2 and 5 minute poses with different models every week. There are over 100 sessios on which you can practice!

    So maybe stop what you’re doing right now, put on a croquis cafe video and spend 20 minutes on practicing your life drawing skills. You won’t regret it! :D

  • I feel bad for getting another cluster of new followers (hello people <3 ) and not really uploading any art. I haven’t even scanned my comic answers yet because I’ve been keeping my computer at my studio  at school, and the scanner’s been OH SO FAR AWAY at the other side of the building xD

    So here’s what’s up:

    I’m graduating! In a couple of months. First I need to complete my thesis. We’re having a group exhibition for the graduating artists at the museum of Jyväskylä in Finland. If you’re from around there, you’re most welcome to visit the exhibiton/ come to the opening on Friday April 11th at 6pm. 

    I’ve been swamped with work lately, making the promotional materials for our exhibition, sorta art directing a couple of small photoshoots, and working on my application to the Animation Workshop and holy moly is this a lot of work at once xD. I’ve developed a rock solid work routine, I don’t do all nighters anymore but get to the school around 9-10 and get the day’s work done by 4-5pm.  I even went to the gym yesterday at 7 friggin am because I thought it’d be fun to get that done in the morning too so that I wouldn’t have to go in the afternoon in my precious precious pastime. Haha.

    It’s gonna be SO WEIRD when I don’t have any projects like this in a month. I think I’m gonna do a one month super session with my webcomic and get it running. It feels so good to get stuff done!

    I’m keeping my blog on a sort of a hiatus for another week or two, but I’ll have all my portfolio pieces for the AW to submit by 15th, and all my exhibition pieces by the end of the month too. I also have a couple of new tutorials about brush settings and effective use of layer masks (since I taught two short Photoshop-classes in late 2013 and I kinda modified the material I gave my students to fit tumblr :D)

    But yay! Here’s our exhibition’s promo pic, a couple of pics from around my little studio and a beautiful profile photo of me taken by sassaphoto.tumblr.com for our exhibition catalogue.

  • Ask me a question and I’ll answer with a short comic! :D

    A couple of years ago I did these Q&A things (oh wow haha nostalgia. I used to draw lots of comics like this. But then I stopped. Why did I stop? D:) where people could ask me questions and I would answer with a short comic.

    My life lately has been nothing but school stuff (I’m graduating this spring and it’s A LOT OF WORKKKK with art show organizing and writing my thesis and stuff) and application portfolios (for internships/the AW), so I’d love to take a break and do some personal stuff. Stuff stuff stuff.

    So if there’s anything you ever wanted to know about me now’s your chance to ask?? (you can ask me anytime but now it’s, like, ~*~special~*~)..IDK I feel like I don’t give a lot away about myself in the interwebs because I’m too inactive these days to make my BEAUTIFUL PERSONALITY shine bright onto your screens so I feel like there won’t be many raised questions haha.

    Anyway, ask me stuff maybe so I can take a break from stupid school things?

    ASK BOX or just type here?

  • Working with iPad

    I recently upgraded my old iPad2 for iPad 4 Retina. I also bought a keypad and Jot Touch 4 pressure sensitive stylus, and suddenly BOOM!!! I use my iPad all the time for drawing and writing and I go out and take it with me and just TYPE or DRAW it’s so nice and I find it so easy to concentrate on work in a public place (as long as it’s not too crowded or loud, and I have a wall behind me so no-one has an opportunity to sneak behind me haha)

    Here are some apps that I personally find most useful:

    ____MY ESSENTIALS:

    Procreate
    Best painting app IMO. Line art tools are not so hot, but the painting and blending brushes are gorgeous. Somewhat simulates pressure sensitivity depending on how fast you stroke (without pressure sensitive stylus, that is :D). Pressure sensitivity support for Jot, Pogo and Hex3 JaJa and Wacom Intuos creative of course. (all the drawing apps I mention here support pressure sensitive styli) Lets you export PSDs! 

    Adobe Ideas
    Vector drawing. Beautiful line smoothing, awesome to work with even without pressure sensitivity! An awesome app for line arts and typography. Lets you import files to Illustrator through Creative Cloud ( I haven’t done it yet though, but I read it’s possible? :’D. Gotta look into that, there’s some Illustrator stuff I need to get done next week)

    Writeroom
    Minimalistic user interface, you can hide the menu and just concentrate on the text. Customizable background color and writing font. I have it on black bg & white AmericanTypewriter text. Simple and beautiful, I tell you. Simple and beautiful, and you just want to WRITE.

    _____OTHERS:

    ArtStudio
    Haven’t used this all that much, but it seems cool. The thing that most draws me into this is that lets you use layer masks, which isn’t possible in Procreate. It also has pretty sweet paintbrush customizing, gradient tool, lots more layer settings, and other things to play with. The things that put me off is that I originally bought this when I still didn’t have a pressure sensitive stylus, and even though the painting tools are cool, i still wish it had more pressure sensitivity simulation. It’s also a bit heavier than Procreate. But I feel like I need to give it another chance now that I have the Jot Touch. PSD export also enabled.

    Sketchbook Pro
    Just like ArtStudio, this one’s a bit useless without pressure sensitivity. But it has a lot lighter feel than ArtStudio, and the drawing tools are pretty cool. Haven’t used this one that much either, since I’m more drawn to Adobe IDeas for lineart and Procreate for painting. But I have it, nevertheless, and I’m gonna give it another shot. 

    AirDisplay 2
    Lets you use iPad as a second screen for your computer.

    OK so I’ve grown accustomed to having two screens. I use my Yiynova as a second screen at home (or rather, iMac as a second screen and Yiynova as a work screen :’D), but I sometimes travel and take my computer with me, and can’t bring my darling drawing monitor with me. AirDisplay (by Avatron) gives me a small second screen, which is cool.

    But what’s even cooler is the potential this thing has. I’ve been in contact with Adonit, asking if they would maybe develop a pressure sensitivity support for the AirDisplay app. I did a bit of research, and they’ve expressed interest in developing this collaboration before, but haven’t done it yet… so what needs to happen is people bombing Adonit with AirDisplay collaboration requests, and doing the same with Avatron :D. If it happens, we would basically have a knock-off cintiq on the road. How jfdhgbdkjf would that be :D

    ____NON-ART STUFF ESSENTIALS just for fun:

    - Reminders, Calendar, DropBox (all sync with iMac, which is good)
    - Scribd, iBooks (I find myself reading more eBooks than normal ones. I love paper copies, but the freedom of not having to carry your bookshelf with you is kinda nice)
    - Spotify (required Premium membership), Podcasts, Netflix, Youtube, Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, the usual..

    GAMES: The Room and the Room 2 (they’re awesome and beautiful, support them if you can!), Phoenix Wright (it was on sale a while ago, KA-CHING), Limbo, FitBrains, Angry Birds, Rayman Run, Candy Crush (I know, I’m horrible. And hooked. GAH.)

    There we go. This is just a quick post I wanted to make. I’m probably gonna do a video tutorial on the drawing apps and styluses later on. I’ve gone through a couple of styli in the past, and my roommate has a Hex3 Jaja (if I remember correctly) and a cool iPad brush that I could also demonstrate.

    If you’re contemplating getting an iPad, I would warmly recommend it. After owning one for 2 years, I couldn’t imagine being without it. I’ve used it on creative purposes a bit before, but as I said, ever since I got the keypad and found the right stylus and apps for my personal preferences, my workflow has greatly improved. 

    What about you? Any apps that I’ve missed that you’d like to recommend?