perjantai 18. huhtikuuta 2014

Easter Holiday

Finally, it's Easter Holiday! We took some Easter themed photos this morning. Since it was dark and rainy we took the photos on the balcony instead of going out. When we moved here I first didn't care much about the balcony but it sure is handy sometimes. Mostly we use it as a storage but I'm sure it will be lovely in the summer to have it.

I didn't bother to grow any ryegrass since even my herbs are trying hard to die. Mikko's hair is conventionally green, so I just put some chicks on top of his head and voilà! I had the Easter decorations ready. 

Now I'm off to enjoy some Easter eggs, I hope you'll have a wonderful Easter too!

maanantai 7. huhtikuuta 2014

Beads and Triangles

Happy Tuesday everybody! I know I have said this before but I really like spring. It's wonderful to be able to take some photos around six o'clock in the evening because the sun is still shining and I don't feel sleepy at all because it's so bright all the time!
I have a free morning today since I have to skip school because of this work meeting. It's somehow fun to be awake this early in the morning (it's half past eight) and not have to do anything. At the moment I'm laying on the sofa listening to radio but perhaps I shall try to do something different with my hair or make-up. After all I have so much time!

torstai 3. huhtikuuta 2014

Spring Colours

I'm so happy right now because I got a job! It's just a small job to do some posters and stuff but it's my first time doing actual graphic design work for a company and not just for school. Also I finally almost got my portfolio done. Mikko coded it for me, I don't know what I would do without him. You can visit my unfinished portfolio from here
Next week I'm trying out to a game program we can minor at school. I hope I get in because I'm going to make millions in the game business or atleast learn something about making games. I love spring because after long and hopeless winter there's sunshine everywhere and lots of exciting stuff happening!

lauantai 29. maaliskuuta 2014

New Bike

I bought a new bike! Since my brand new bike was stolen last summer (it was the second bike someone stole from me) I've been riding a piece of sh*t bike. I mostly travel by bike so I thought that I really should invest a bit of money to a new one, but not to a brand new one since it's really common that the bike gets stolen here in Oulu. I bought my awesome pink cruiser bike from online and I absolutely love it! It's awesome to bike to school in the morning, just putting on my pink headphones and cruisin' along the sunny streets.

lauantai 15. maaliskuuta 2014


Since Spring is here kind of early I dug my sneakers out of the closet and wore them. It's such a small pleasure to be able to wear summer shoes instead of heavy winter boots. Now if I only could change my winter wool jacket to spring leather jacket. 

I bought that sports jacket from 2hand store the other day. I liked it even though it's not my usual style but sometimes you have to get out of your comfort zone! I felt super sporty wearing that jacket and sneakers so I even went to a run that evening.

lauantai 8. maaliskuuta 2014

Holiday (with cats)

Sorry I haven't blogged in a while, mainly because I've been busy with moving. We moved into our new place last weekend and I swore to myself that I won't move ever again (as I always do). I love our new apartment even thought I really liked living in Heinäpää and now I moved to Etu-Lyötty. 
Now I'm at my aunt's place babysitting some cats. The cats are super cute and adorable but they can be quite a handful too! It's nice to not to be at home for awhile because this feels more like a holiday although I should arrange the new apartment.. But I decided that I've earned some time just for relaxing.

keskiviikko 19. helmikuuta 2014

How to..

So, as my favourite way of illustrating is drawing vector art with Adobe Illustrator, I made a simple tutorial for you. Drawing with Illustrator is the best way to get simple works of art. It takes some time to master the software but it's worth the effort. I prefer Illustrator over other drawing softwares like Photoshop, Sai or Manga Studio because I think that the artwork looks better when the lines are smooth and simple. 

I usually start the drawing with placing a photo or some picture on the artboard. It's easier to start drawing if you have some kind of shape beneath. 
There are some tools that are important to know how to use: with black arrow you can change the size of the lines and with white arrow you can control single anchor points. With pen tool you can make anchor points and lines and underneath the pen tool there's two tools with which you can either add or delete anchor points. Under Rectangle Tool there are other simple shapes too. Under Eraser Tool there are the Scissor with which you can cut lines between anchor points. 

Original picture

After placing the photo, I lock the layer. Then I take another layer so that I don't accidently move the photo while drawing. You can either draw with the pen tool or with the brush. I prefer the pen tool because it makes less vector points so it's easier to edit the picture afterwards. 

I chose a bright pink colour for the line so that I can see it clearly. Later the line is removed so the colour doesn't really matter. I used the Ellipse tool to make the round classes and then made the rest of lines with the pen. 

I used two layers: one for the classes and face and another for the scarf and hair. You can use more layers if it's easier for you. The bigger and more complicated the artwork, the more layers you should use because it keeps the parts that are already ready from accidently moving or changing. If there is lots of layers, they should be named so that you know what's where. You can hide the original photo by pressing the eye button so that you can see the artwork properly.

After finishing the outlines, I use Live Paint tool to colour the piece. You have to activate the whole artwork by making a square around the piece with the black arrow. Be sure to activate all the vector points. After you changed the artwork, you can no longer manipulate single lines with the black arrow, only make some chances with the white arrow.

The live paint tool can be found underneath the shape builder tool. As you made the artwork to Live Paint, all the layers joined. If you had some layer locked, the locked pieces of artwork didn't change to Live Paint. 

Then I coloured the whole piece.

Finished! After colouring everything I removed the pink outline. I activated couple of lines from the scarf with the white arrow and turned the outline to red to make some wrinkles.

After that I saved the .ai version for the picture and made a .png out of it. I prefer .png over .jpeg because I think that the .jpeg changes the colours and with the .png you can make the background invisible. The final result can be found from the top of this tutorial.