Monthly Archives: June 2009

Skin sketch.


Larger version here.

This is a skin tone test I did. I tried to do it visually appealing, without resorting to using very high contrasts. I wanted it to have a somewhat etherreal feeling to it.

I didn’t use any reference either, so it’s not really photoreal. But I think it’s not too clumsy either. I used more subtle features, so the character is a bit androgynic.

Maby i’ll do it in oils, and call it contemporary?

More Surreal Connections.


As I used watercolor and airbrush, interesting visions came to be,,, It describes how we have different sides to us. Sometimes my mind is set on concrete things, and others times, I throw out stuff straight from the top of my hat.  And that’s the way I learn to know myself. At the beginning everything is vague, but starts to make sense, on a closer inspection.

Full resolution image here.

An Airbrush WIP.


A cartoony airbrush WIP (Work-In-Progress). I think it could be named something like “Car-Ton”. It has references to pop culture, but without repeating it. I guess somebody might categorize it as contemporary abstract-surreal pop art. To tell the truth, I don’t categorize my art. I think (like memes) art is the sum of past, with a direction to the future.

It’s a lot harder to do paintings there and then, but it’s the only way to be fully creative (at least to me).

If only I knew how to continue with it,,, Tell me if it touches a nerve.

Photo: Past, Present Or Future?

Past, Present Or Future?

To me, many things look like something else, that they are supposed to be. That’s why I make art. The first time I saw this, I knew I had to photograph it.

I photographed this one last summer, a year ago, in Finnish archipelago. It’s an old timber house, with an old combustion engine water pump. It works as a great example, about how long human made complexity still echoes, even when left untouched for decades.

It kind of looks like an old robot. It reminded me of Laputa: Castle in the Sky, an animated film by Hayao Miyazaki.

Full resolution image here.

Sketching with airbrush.

What Do You See In It?

What Do You See In It?

Seemingly chaotic.
Ink to watercolour paper, and some eraser work, to bring out the organic texture of the paper. I see many things in it, what about you? Look at it closer, it may start to move…

Full resolution image here.

A pice I made.


Full resolution image here.

This one is probably first of it’s kind. The thing that separates it from other pieces I’ve made, is the technique and the story that goes behind it. It’s art made with frenzy, coincidence, and intuition.

The background:

My friend Milla Nybondas needed technical aid in my old school. She went there to get the animation shortfilms she made, while studying there. The sequences in Avid Mediacomposer were gone (media offline), so I had to capture the films from Digibeta Master tapes she had. In addition she printed out the covers for her films. The displays in our computer rooms aren’t calibrated, so it was “eyeballing-color correcting-trial-and-error” for us (phew!). Now on to the piece I made that day;

Sometimes the paper gets stuck inside the laser printer (how annoying is that…), and it needs to be removed manually. The printer in our school is not a desktop model, so it had levers and doors to open. When I first saw inside a colour laser printer I went WOW! The colours,, the graduations! In case you aren’t aware. the laser printer works with colour powder (CMYK toners), that gets  messed up on the insides as well (with surprising and colourful effects). So when do we get to the juicy part? Keep reading,,,

When Milla took the first stuck page away from the printer, I noticed, that the toner wasn’t attached to the paper, you could literally shake off most of the image! The second stuck paper made a feeling, that I could use the loose toner somehow. I took a paper from the bin (with no print in it) on to the floor, and took Milla’s prints (where the toner wasn’t attached), turned it around and started tracing. I selected certain parts from the “loose toner-print”, and started to create my composition on white. It wasn’t out of the ordinary, that someone is creating frantically on the floor of the hall, in our school.

I made two pictures (shown above together), that I was happy with. There still was one problem; The toner wasn’t attached to the paper! So I went to our classroom, and found spray sealer, Tadaa! This is where everything fell to it’s place (literally). As I sprayed my fresh creations, I noticed that the sealer was apparently somehow attracted mostly to parts, where the toner was. Then it struck me: The laser printer works by making a static charge (to the image cylinder), and then the toner  has an electrostatically negative charge. The very same electrostatic charge was attracting the sealer spray as well!!!

On a closer inspection (sorry for the exposure), one might not be able to determine the technique used.

It gives the piece a nice texture.


Fashion sketch?

I got inspired by fashion imaginery (I watched 99 Francs), and wanted to make my version of a fashion model that has a certain “art nouveau” -feeling to it.

I guess she is a bit more “rounded out” in parts, than most supermodels, and there’s more etheric type of beauty in her. Exaggerated, long neck and legs, the usual stuff.

But her hair has magic in it, if you know what I mean 😉 She also has a surreal touch.

I went with an easy cut dress, and complementary color scheme . If you have a better dress for her to wear, let me know.

Shapes are flowing,,,

Again no reference or model of any kind was used.

What is her name? Comments and questions are welcome.

Sketch of The Day

Just to keep my arm going, I made this illustrative concept sketch.

Sketch of a character

Really rough, but it’s an original character, don’t you think?

He’s a 16 year old pokemon fan, who realized, that his pet guinea pig isn’t gonna get any special powers.

Reality hurts sometimes, but it’s the only way to grow up.

More of My Work -WIP-

Last month I’ve been occupied with other things. Now I’ll keep you updated on my work more often.

This one has been a longer project, and will be painted, when finished. The abstraction will be colourful and dynamic. This is an older photo, and many parts are now better defined, and anatomical.


It’s a sculpture made with polymer clay maquette technique. Here’s a short explanation of the different phases involved:

1) I carved the base out of wood, and made an armature with 2mm metal wire (the propotions need to be spot on!).

2) The armature is attached to the base with a screw, and then the major volume is filled out with tinfoil,, really tight!

3) The tinfoil is secured by spinning around it with thin metal wire, and then the armature is roughened up with sandpaper.

4) Polymer clay is added, to create the surface. (I use a mixture of Super Sculpey and Premo).

This is the stage where all the magic happens (if it does!). The shapes start to flow, and as I sculpt I think a plethora of things. The weird thing is, that when I return to a part of the sculpture on another day, I return to the same thought I had, when I previously sculpted the same part / area. As the part gets an aesthetically pleasant solution, I somehow find a solution to the thought it represents.

5)  After detailing, the polymerclay surface is smoothened up with a brush dipped in turpentine or isopropyl alcohol. In the end further detailing is made, if needed.

6) On to the oven it goes!

7) Priming (I use acrylic), painting (acrylics again!) and sealing (polyurethane matte & glossy sealer).

8) Looking at it, and finding interesting stuff in the work!

Polymer clay is allmost as easy to work with as natural clay, but it has a health (and cleansiness) benefit, as it does not dust (watch those respiratory organs, if you want to make a long career!).

The end result in (especially with Premo) polymer clay is more durable than fired clay, as it does not crack as easy.

I’ll post more images when (hopefully sooner than later) the sculpture is finished.

Please, leave comments and questions!

A Gift

It’s been too long, since the last time I posted. I’m sorry for that. I’ve been out of town for a while. My friend Anne Savitie had her birthday, and I wanted to give a gift to her.

Acrylic on board. Approx. 20×30 cm. Alla prima, with clear impasto.



Full resolution image here.

I sometimes like to do more freeform and abstract art, even though every shape and colour had a meaning to me, as I painted them.

I’ll post more experiments, as my schedule permits.