Today I skipped an epic 4-hour movie called Arabian Lawrence to spend my time drawing and painting. I have been drawing ever since I could hold a pen on paper. (Before that I probably just tried to eat the pencils). My mother had once written in her diary that ” enthusiasm for drawing has not decreased at all and occasionally her painting is quite impossible to stop” Today my favourite tools are watercolour and ink, I use Winsor & Newton watercolours and inks and Sakura pens.
Despite the fact that I’m relatively positive person, my drawings and paintings are very often of very serious nature. I’m not sure if they’re even too serious, bordering on being ridiculously emo. I guess my work is just an outlet for some of my “less-positive” feelings, I might be high on endorphins and yet still be painting my black and white ladies. I have made more cheerfully illustrations as well, but not lately.
I studied a Chinese painting technique by myself a few years ago. I am still interested in making the most of only few brush strokes, but usually I tend to plan my work ahead and paint slowly. Chinese painting technique was a challenge for me because of my diligent nature, it was hard to let go of total control and try something new. Watercolour is also an instrument that I at least can’t always totally control, and that is one of it’s best qualities. The most difficult thing when painting with watercolour is to detain yourself from over working your piece, because it can’t be recovered.
It was early this year that I finally came around to reading Frank Millers Sin City comics, and went head over heels with his expression. I guess it is easy to see from my style why I appreciate and can relate to his work. I mostly depict women, they might be half manga, half realistic or just one of the two. Both of the ladies in this post were photographed semifinished, I’m not sure if I even want to publish ready work. (Not even sure if I always complete my work…)
I have made some fairytale illustrations as well, but I haven’t got anything to show for them here. Most of them are on my mom’s wall. I am especially enchanted by forests and different tree species and their branches. I own only a few books and most of them are fairy tales and children’s books whose illustrations I idolized as a child. The likes of Rudolf Koivu, Mauri Kunnas, Ivan Bilibin, Posy Simmons and Jill Barklem were never out of fashion. They still hold their place in my bookshelf, for inspiration as well as a keepsake for future generations.
I’ll end my post to more cheerful colours I painted a few years ago on farewell cards. Keep creative, folks! I know I will try my best to do so as well!