Summer Island refers to the islands of Tammisaari (“Oak Island”, Ekenäs in Swedish) that is a very dear city to me here in the south of Finland. I’ve also lived there for over a year. My favorite and most beautiful forests are in Tammisaari. A few years ago I once swam to a near-by island there in the summer. At the half way I realized my energy was very limited and I didn’t have any water with me.
With the energy I had left in me I made it to the rocky shore of the island and had an experience of “an evolutionary flashback” — I felt how a fish came to the solid ground for the first time ever and its fins growing to legs. It felt like seeing and remembering millions of years back in a few seconds.
I studied the island. There is this old symmetrical tree with two big branches in a V-shape. I’ve picked this tree and the island as inspiration for The Blue Forest of Wish to appear in my Springbringer graphic novel. The actual tree is also featured in winter-time on the Soulweaver film, with the moonlight shining in the middle.
In the impromptu summer extreme swim when I left the island I noticed a group of sheep watching me. It felt like a bizarre scene from an art house film because I hadn’t noticed them upon my arrival.
Fortunately I made it back from the isle. And have carried water with me ever since.
In 2003 I had a season of composing medieval and celt-inspired themes.
Back then, I was inspired by Mark Seibert‘s electronic medieval soundtrack in Sierra‘s classic adventure computer game Conquests of Camelot: The Search for the Grail (1989) and Mike Oldfield‘s celt-nostalgic album Voyager (1996) that I highly recommend.
This is from my 2003 album Fallbringer from a series called Medieval Paths. The song is #2 I Picked You a Rose from the Forest (2003). There is also a guitar ballad version of this song with English lyrics that I will record some day.
Round-tummy Tommy the Troll (Pullea peikko in Finnish) is the main character in the adventures of Troll Land.
He likes to create origamis that come to life – for example they start to fly and fire away. The first pencil drawing seen here is from August 19th 2011. But Tommy was born already almost three years before that in December 18th 2009 on the Apokryfia sketch book #2 Beta.
In the other drawing Tommy is by the Bonfire (Pullea Peikko leiritulen äärellä, September 6th 2011). Original pencil 15×10 cm, from the upcoming Narcosis the Cat & Flapsticks comic book stories.
Unlike the Internet trolls, Tommy is a nice sympathetic fellow.
I flew for the very first time in my life a week and a half ago. It was totally unreal. I don’t know how people usually take it but for me it was like an out of my body experience. I’ve never felt anything like it. It felt like we could fly to outer space and beyond. Especially flying over the clouds was so dream-like… It reminded me of the best times in the winter when you can ski on the frozen sea and see nothing but ice as far as your eyes can see. It is humbling (you realize how small you are in this vast universe) and surreal enough an experience. But this icy layer was high in the sky…
And the sun is always shining there, no matter the weather!
Actually, now that I think of it, the stargate scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey is very reminiscent of how I felt – going into a completely new another world. And perhaps transforming in the process, like in the film’s epic poetic finale. Part of my personal evolution, I’m no longer a walking and running mammal, I’m a flying one. I’m so grateful for the experience.
This is a scene from the upcoming (premiere estimate 2017) post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi film Soulweaver: Requiem for Earth. The black and white and red photograph Memory of Tomorrow (a.k.a. The Ruins of Our Past, the Ruins of Our Future, 2009) is by Jukka Eronen & Satu Eronen.
This is the aftermath – the sunny scene preceding in this same place cuts from a thousand years in the past.
The forests, ruins and mythological places in the world of Soulweaver are based on real locations in south of Finland – see the maps and go see the places for yourself; while they exist and you can. (Disclaimer: this virtual concept precedes Pokémon Go 😉 ).
I participated in a competition organized by Posti in 2009. I chose suitable works from my etchings, comic books and pen and pencil drawings. Some of the works were originally in black and white so I colorized them on computer. I also united the color schemes to match the pictures in a given stamp sheet.
A small part of my gallery, featuring among others: graphic fine art and drawn works, Narcosis the Cat -cardboard stand, pastel painting Fire Sprite in the Room of the Forest (to the upper right), Anthology art book, Chuck out of the Box toy sculpture and Wooden Telephone Surfer (to the bottom right).