perjantai 30. joulukuuta 2011

ibify logo design

I recently made some graphics for a new android application called "ibify". The application is a free geolocation based photo service. You can watch photos popup on the map in realtime from around the world and follow live-galleries from events as they unfold. It's easy to share your photos instantly. Each uploaded photo is public and contains the images exact location. 

Shared images will popup instantly on the website and the Ibify mobile application.

Below is the logo I made for the application. The client wanted me to use an ibis bird as a reference. The logo can be used in blue, black and red. 

Here are some related websites:
Ibify android market

torstai 29. joulukuuta 2011

Dr. Sketchy's Anti Art School 28.12.2011 Helsinki

Yesterday I was again at a Dr. Sketchy drawing session in Helsinki. The evening was called "Dr. Sketchy Does Mother Russia!". I had a lot of fun drawing... I'm afraid this time I was drinking more than drawing. Maybe next time I drink less and draw more ;)

Below is a picture of me and my tipsy drawings. 
My fabulous dress was from
Dr Sketchy Finland website:
Model of the evening was Bettie Blackheart:

Below are a few more photos of the event. Photography © Tuomas Lairila.  

sunnuntai 11. joulukuuta 2011

Great grandfather

My great grandfather is sort of "online". He was a while in the finish parliament, so there is a short record of him. It's nice to know a little bit about your ancestors. I know very little about them.

tiistai 6. joulukuuta 2011

News article about Kamuko logo

There was a news article about me and the Kamuko (Karkkila music school) logo. I just scanned it. Article appeared 30.11.2011 in "Ykkös-Lohja" newspaper.

torstai 10. marraskuuta 2011

new painting nymph

I did this new painting "nymph" (acrylic paint and colored pencil on wood). 
Painting size is about 75cm x 65cm.

tiistai 1. marraskuuta 2011

Logo design for a music school

I recently took up a nice little logo project. The client was a music school from a nearby town called Karkkila (english translation is actually somewhat "candy town"). I started having cute images in my head the moment I heard about the project. A music logo for "candy town", how nice is that? I had candy shaped logos in my mind...but those were a bit too silly to actually do...

My approach was to have some musical symbols for the logo...notes and/or instruments. Although I had abandoned the candy shapes I chose pink for the colour. I dared to do so, because the logo of Karkkila is pink too. that made sense.

I made the guitar logo and the note logos first. The client liked the guitar logo, but that could not be chosen because it represent one form of music too much. What about the piano players and other musicians? A pure music note was already more it, but still too boring.

So, then I was thinking of some universal symbols that represents music in all forms. I came up with the idea of a bird. I kind of fell in love with the bird logo myself (never fall in love with your own ideas, let the client decide!!!). Sadly the client saw too much of a birdwatcher in it, so we had to skip the bird....

The color changed from pink to blue. The logo was supposed to be printed on T-shirts, so it had to be neutral and not too girly. 
A one coloured logo seemed a bit plain to me so I used an additional lighter blue for the logo.

After some brainstorming with the client we abandoned the bird logo for good and eventually the final logo turned out to be this "love for music" logo.
I'm happy with the end results, it's not pink but it's still cute, but not in a too girly way. The "love for music" logo suits a small town music school perfectly ;)

 Kamuko - Karkkilan musiikkikoulu

lauantai 15. lokakuuta 2011

Dr. Sketchy's Anti Art School 14.10.2011 Helsinki

There was a Dr. Sketchy drawing session last night here in Helsinki. I was very eager to go there :) it's been a few years since I attended a sketchy session...

I attended my first Dr. Sketchy session in 2008 when the founder of Dr. Sketchy's "Molly Crabapple" arranged one of the first sketchy sessions in Finland (Helsinki Art Nights 2008/Kiasma). Molly told the audience that she founded Dr. Sketchy because she had beend a life drawing model in academic art schools. In respected art schools the model is often trieted rather cold. Artist draw the model when he/she is sitting for a pose but during the models breaks it happens very often that nobody dares to talk to the model. People probably think it's "polite" to not talk to the nude model, but to the model it comes across quite cold. The model is eventually just an object for the academic drawing session.

Molly wanted to have a change in this...she wanted the model to be the star of the session. So in Dr. sketchys drawings sessions the model is always cheered at and the whole drawing session is not supposed to be too serious. People can talk and have a drink while drawing and you don't have to be a professional artist to participate in the drawing. The main thing is to respect the model and have fun.

To see more what Dr. Sketchy is about see the Dr. Sketchy website.
(Dr. Sketchy Finland:

Below are a few of my drawings. They are not very good, since I was somewhat "tipsy" from sparkling wine ;)
The models were mainly ladies from the famous Itty-Bitty burlesque's group.

The first drawing was done in 2-3 minutes, for the second one I had somewhat 5 minutes.

Here are a few photos from the evening taken by Ruska Schöneberg. See the Dr. Sketchy Facebook page for more photos and nice drawings.Models in these photos are Kitty Litter and Olivia Q.

maanantai 3. lokakuuta 2011

My favorit jewellery maker "Helmipöllö"

My favorit jewellery maker "Helmipöllö" has her own website now: Over the past few years I have bought several beautiful pieces of jewellery from her. You can contact her here to buy jewellery.

Below are a few of the items that I have bought for myself. There is a unique custom made brooch with my own artwork :)

sunnuntai 14. elokuuta 2011

Art Show - Gallery Golden Point

Here are a few pics from the august exhibition. I was at the gallery yesterday and got really nice feedback from people :) There was a news article about the exhibition: link

lauantai 6. elokuuta 2011

Slutwalk Helsinki 2011

I participated in the slutwalk Helsinki today. Below are a few pics. For most pics I asked permission first but obviously I could'nt ask everybody.

Helsingin Sanomat: link

keskiviikko 27. heinäkuuta 2011

Upcoming exhibition in august 2011

I have a group exhibition in august :) Below is the flyer with all information. I promise to take some photos of the gallery once everything is ready. The gallery is not the average gallery with white painted walls. It's a very unique bohemian place that is worth visiting! :) Pictures say more than words... I'll take the pics soon ;)

torstai 16. kesäkuuta 2011

New drawing: old clown

I did this drawing today. I felt like drawing something else than halfnaked girls.

torstai 9. kesäkuuta 2011

torso drawing


I did this small drawing today. I wanted to exaggerate the body on purpose, and I did not finish this on purpose either...drawings look better when they have still a sketchy feel to them....or at least that's my opinion. The surface was nice to draw was some leftover board that I got at my local art gallery. After painting a lot I don't like drawing anymore on white paper. I like to use something colorful...a grey or a brownish paper and then use some white highlight in the drawing. Size is about A4

maanantai 6. kesäkuuta 2011

New paintings "By the lake" and "Rust II"

By the lake (50cm x 65cm, acrylic paint on canvas, year created: 2011)


Rust II (45cm x 65cm, acrylic paint on canvas, year created: 2011)

keskiviikko 1. kesäkuuta 2011

Everyday is a special day

Did you know today is the Flip a coin day or Dare Day? I know these things by checking out the site The site contains all kind of calendar information from moon calendar to bank holidays. You can download calendar applications for your mobile phone or PC. I recommend checking out the site :)

lauantai 9. huhtikuuta 2011

Photos from the Chicago gallery

Last autumn I participated in a gallery show in Chicago. Along myself there were 14 other artists link presenting their work in the show. I was very happy to be able to present my work outside my homecountry. In the future I would like display my work more outside Finland :) Of course that is not so easy because having a gallery show isn't all that cheap. Framing paintings costs a lot of money and so does shipping etc. But I'll try investing money in these things anyway :)

Gallery Provocateur website link

Here are some photos from the show:

Gallery Provocateur is located in the historical landmark building , the Chicago Congress Theatre.

Gallery Provocateur was founded by Veronika Kotlajic. She is also the head curator of the gallery

sunnuntai 27. maaliskuuta 2011

Birthday in Hamburg

I recently had birthday and I celebrated it in my former hometown Hamburg. Here are some photos from Hamburg.