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?

  • hello (: do you welcome us to submit our 30 day challenge pieces or is it more of an individual project?

    Anonymous

    It’s more of an individual project, but I do welcome you to tag your art with #art block butt kick (super inspired tag) so I can spy on everyone! (I do have statcounter installed on my blog so I can keep track on most of the incoming traffic, but with a tag it’ll be easier for me to stalk :D)

  • sdalla:

Me and my friend Victor wanted to start the year with a 30-day challenge, but we couldn’t decide which one, so we whipped up one of our own :D. We’ll try to motivate ourselves and eachother to complete it within 5-7 weeks. We warmly encourage other people to take the challenge as well! It should be fun. You can tag your stuff with #art block butt kick so I can spy on everything you guys are doing :D. Yay!
The Challenge





















1. Draw yourself as a superhero, along with your animal sidekick 2. Make some squiggles and create 3 monster based on them. 3. Go to random character generator like [this] or [this] and draw the character you get 4. Now develop the character further by drawing a room from their home! Try to include lots of random stuff that tells us even more about the owner’s personality. 5. Paint a picture using colours generated by a random color palette generator like [this] or [this] (or any colour meme you find). You are allowed to use black&amp;white too. 6. Find an interesting photo (either from the internet or your personal library) and do this cutout-exercise 7. Draw an animal that doesn’t really exist. 8. Find interesting textures from your surroundings and incorporate them into an illustration. 9. Go to Serendipity’s city generator and illustrate the environment! Have as much fun as you want with whatever you get, but try to make it a lesson in perspective - you know you need to practice it! :D 10. Draw a garden, jungle, forest or any place with lots of different kinds of flowers and plants. 11. Draw something inspired by a dream. 12. Go to wikipaintings, and select Artwork - Random artwork. Do a self portrait based on the piece you get. 13. Do some life drawing today. People, places, random objects, anything. 14. There are some story generators around the internet, like this one here. Design a book cover or a movie poster for the story you get. If you find it difficult to come up with a title for the book/movie (I know I always struggle with naming my stuff), don’t let it stop you, just use Lorem Ipsum or something :D 15. Inspired by drawgabbydraw- make a watercolor blob and draw something on it, or participate in gabcollab. 16. Fashion day! See magazines, lookbook or some of the gazillion fashion blogs for inspiration, and draw some outfits. If convenient, keep using traditional mediums. 17. Draw something to reflect dictionary.com’s word of the day 18. Draw some character interaction, like a couple, a fight or a group of friends on a road trip. 19. Draw a vehicle of some kind - car, train, bicycle, plane, anything. If you like, you can draw one or more characters as drivers/passengers. 20. Let’s get back to the city and character generators. Get a new city, and a new character, and draw the character interacting with the environment. 21. I know I personally draw way too few animals, so this day is dedicated to drawing all kinds of animals. If you decide to do multiple drawings, try to include at least one bird, one land mammal and one marine creature. Insects are pretty cool to draw too.  22. Re-do one of your old artworks. 23. Another life drawing day - but this time with your non-drawing hand. 24. Do some album cover art for a musician of your choice (existing or imaginary). Include both front and back covers as well as the label in the disc itself. 25. Draw a short comic. 26. Draw a genderswap self portrait 27. Do some light source studies 28. Draw a room from your dream house. 29. Go to random mascot generator, and based on what you get design a package for a new kind of cereal. 30. As for the last one, go to wikipedia and click “Random article”. Now imagine someone writing a story about the person/place/topic/whatever in your random article, and you’re commissioned to illustrate that story. (Don’t cheat! No clicking “Random article” until you get something that seems fun. Do your research on your topic, and if the article is a stub about someone relatively insignificant just use your imagination I suppose :D)






















If you’re making a New Year’s resolution to draw more, here’s something that you could do to get started! (It’s from about a year ago, so obviously I didn’t complete it in 5-7 weeks like I originally intended. How surprising xD.)

    sdalla:

    Me and my friend Victor wanted to start the year with a 30-day challenge, but we couldn’t decide which one, so we whipped up one of our own :D. We’ll try to motivate ourselves and eachother to complete it within 5-7 weeks.

    We warmly encourage other people to take the challenge as well! It should be fun. You can tag your stuff with #art block butt kick so I can spy on everything you guys are doing :D. Yay!

    The Challenge

    1. Draw yourself as a superhero, along with your animal sidekick
    2. Make some squiggles and create 3 monster based on them.
    3. Go to random character generator like [this] or [this] and draw the character you get
    4. Now develop the character further by drawing a room from their home! Try to include lots of random stuff that tells us even more about the owner’s personality.
    5. Paint a picture using colours generated by a random color palette generator like [this] or [this] (or any colour meme you find). You are allowed to use black&white too.
    6. Find an interesting photo (either from the internet or your personal library) and do this cutout-exercise
    7. Draw an animal that doesn’t really exist.
    8. Find interesting textures from your surroundings and incorporate them into an illustration.
    9. Go to Serendipity’s city generator and illustrate the environment! Have as much fun as you want with whatever you get, but try to make it a lesson in perspective - you know you need to practice it! :D
    10. Draw a garden, jungle, forest or any place with lots of different kinds of flowers and plants.
    11. Draw something inspired by a dream.
    12. Go to wikipaintings, and select Artwork - Random artwork. Do a self portrait based on the piece you get.
    13. Do some life drawing today. People, places, random objects, anything.
    14. There are some story generators around the internet, like this one here. Design a book cover or a movie poster for the story you get. If you find it difficult to come up with a title for the book/movie (I know I always struggle with naming my stuff), don’t let it stop you, just use Lorem Ipsum or something :D
    15. Inspired by drawgabbydraw- make a watercolor blob and draw something on it, or participate in gabcollab.
    16. Fashion day! See magazines, lookbook or some of the gazillion fashion blogs for inspiration, and draw some outfits. If convenient, keep using traditional mediums.
    17. Draw something to reflect dictionary.com’s word of the day
    18. Draw some character interaction, like a couple, a fight or a group of friends on a road trip.
    19. Draw a vehicle of some kind - car, train, bicycle, plane, anything. If you like, you can draw one or more characters as drivers/passengers.
    20. Let’s get back to the city and character generators. Get a new city, and a new character, and draw the character interacting with the environment.
    21. I know I personally draw way too few animals, so this day is dedicated to drawing all kinds of animals. If you decide to do multiple drawings, try to include at least one bird, one land mammal and one marine creature. Insects are pretty cool to draw too.
    22. Re-do one of your old artworks.
    23. Another life drawing day - but this time with your non-drawing hand.
    24. Do some album cover art for a musician of your choice (existing or imaginary). Include both front and back covers as well as the label in the disc itself.
    25. Draw a short comic.
    26. Draw a genderswap self portrait
    27. Do some light source studies
    28. Draw a room from your dream house.
    29. Go to random mascot generator, and based on what you get design a package for a new kind of cereal.
    30. As for the last one, go to wikipedia and click “Random article”. Now imagine someone writing a story about the person/place/topic/whatever in your random article, and you’re commissioned to illustrate that story. (Don’t cheat! No clicking “Random article” until you get something that seems fun. Do your research on your topic, and if the article is a stub about someone relatively insignificant just use your imagination I suppose :D)

    If you’re making a New Year’s resolution to draw more, here’s something that you could do to get started! (It’s from about a year ago, so obviously I didn’t complete it in 5-7 weeks like I originally intended. How surprising xD.)

  • Oh my god just the way you paint is absolutely gorgeous. Have you veer thought about doing a video speedpaint or a walkthrough? I would love to see a process <33

    magicpawed

    Thank you, you’re very kind :). I do enjoy doing process things (although I rarely publish them), but I’ve never done a video. It could be fun though. Ooo, I think I’ll try doing one once I get back home from my christmas break!

  • Share your favorite webcomics?

    Merry christmas for all of you who celebrate it!

    I’m spending this week with my family in Turku. It’s nice, but I have a HUGE to-do list for the holidays and I was stupid enough not to pack my spare wacom OR my own computer for christmas break, so I can’t really work on any of my projects until I get back home. And I don’t know how to be productive without my computer :D.

    So I need something to do for the next couple of days to distract myself from my work load :D. Could you tell me your favorite webcomics, especially those that might be a bit under the radar?

  • Hello, followers old and new <3

    Sometimes new followers come in clusters (I can’t believe there’s almost 2000 of you already thank you *__*), so it’s good to do a little introduction post every now and then.

    I’m Sdalla, I’m a 24 year old 4th year fine arts student from Finland. I major in printmaking, but have somehow managed to go through my bachelor’s degree by doing more digital art and graphic design stuff than actual printmaking work :D. After I graduate this spring, I’m gonna try to get into an animation school and get a second bachelor’s degree in computer graphics (Unless some awesome job opportunities arise :D). I got my upper secondary (kinda like high school?) degree with emphasis on media studies, then studied comic art for a year, and then graphic design for a while. I enjoy doing all kinds of visual stuff.

    I love animated movies and comics and sci-fi and telling stories and doing research for stories and planning projects that I never have time to execute because I have 1001 other projects I want to work on already. But whatever i do, I can’t NOT do stuff. Doing stuff is what I do, and I wish there were more hours in a day so I could do more stuff AND ALSO keep this balance of doing stuff vs. being lazy&tumbling/watching netflix/reading/playing.

    I have two pet projects at the moment:

    1) A sci-fi webcomic project called Amariah, which I’ve been writing for 1,5 years and it’s pretty much done now, but I haven’t found enough time to actually draw and launch it and it makes me sad because I’m really excited to work on this story and do concept art and world building…. and I REALLY wish I had more time to work on it..

    and

    2) my senior project for school - a series of monotype illustrations that interpret archaeologically interesting sites in Finland through their stories, folklore and scientific data (and other stuff like that) into these visual cut-out style illustrations that are supposed to tell something about how we perceive things and…something something fine arts something :D

    I don’t update my tumblr as often as I’d like (mostly due to all the other stuff I have going on) but I do my best :). I love drawing, and I love social media and I get such wonderful feedback from you guys. Thanks for following me here <3

    I also have a facebook page that you can go and like :)

  • An illustration I did for a fundraising thing for school. The print of this is size A2, and the quality is absolutely GORGEOUS.
The theme was the relationship between human beings and animals, and everyone was free to do whatever they pleased with the theme. I wanted to go with bears, because the relationship between bears and men is non-confrontational, and very respectful. Bears are very spiritual animals in northern European folklore. I&#8217;ve always kinda considered bears to be my power animal for a number of reasons that involve many long stories :)

    An illustration I did for a fundraising thing for school. The print of this is size A2, and the quality is absolutely GORGEOUS.

    The theme was the relationship between human beings and animals, and everyone was free to do whatever they pleased with the theme. I wanted to go with bears, because the relationship between bears and men is non-confrontational, and very respectful. Bears are very spiritual animals in northern European folklore. I’ve always kinda considered bears to be my power animal for a number of reasons that involve many long stories :)