Etching: Kantele Swan (2008-09)

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An etching aquatint: Kantele Swan | Kantelejoutsen | Aurinkojoutsen (2008-09). 14×11 cm. Below is the pencil sketch.

I made this as a Finnish national-romantic theme with our national bird Whooper Swan (“laulujoutsen”) having our national instrument, kantele, as a wing. There is also a stamp with this motif I designed for a competition.

Comic: Narcosis the Cat

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Narcosis the Cat cardboard cut-out (2010) painted on acrylics.

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Narcosis the Cat is the main comic book character in the wacky adventures of Flapsticks. Check out more comic strips at http://www.jukkaeronen.com/narkoosi-kissa
which are currently in Finnish, translations are coming. The blog will also feature English strips every now and then: here are all the strips currently available.

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kieli_suomi  SUOMEKSI: Lue Narkoosi-kissa-sarjakuvastrippejä osoitteessa http://www.jukkaeronen.com/narkoosi-kissa

Pastel: A Scream for Munchies (2012)

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  • A Scream for Munchies (We’re Out of Munchies!) | Munkin huutaja (munkit on loppu!) (2009). Pencil drawing, 15×17 cm. A picture from the upcoming comic book story “Narcosis the Cat 2: Flapsticks in the Museum of Modern Art’s History”.
  • Making of A Scream for Munchies.
  • A Scream for Munchies (We’re Out of Munchies!) (2012), pastel on paper, 29×42 cm.

In honor of Edward Munch‘s The Scream (1893–1910). Inspired by news on one of the paintings (or pastels) being sold on Sotheby’s on May 2nd 2012 in New York. Here’s my interpretation of the artwork with wacky Flapsticks-characters (get to know them here!). Enjoy!

  • There is a back story to Munch’s The Scream, and so is for this pastiche: “One evening Chuck out of the Box came back from the market while on the bridge of time and passages his spinal cord (= spring) suddenly started to tremble as the red sunset followed before him… He forgot to buy munchies!! And the store now already closed was…” [Don’t know why Yoda appeared as the story teller at the end there but oh well…]
  • A pastiche starring Chuck out of the Box. Can you also spot Totti the Total Totem, Dumdow the Angry Triangle, and The Bermuda Triangle?                      [ANSWER: Totti – silhouette walking at the bridge, Dumdow – at the boat in the lake, Bermuda – next to Dumdow.]

Pastel: Fire Angel in the Room of the Forest (2009)

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Fire Angel in the Room of the Forest / Metsänhuoneen palava enkeli (2009), color pastels, 29×41 cm.

This is one of my personal favorite works. It features the Sprite of Spring  this time in a bit more human-like feminine form. I’ve tried to re-imagine this scene later but sometimes you cannot replicate an inspired moment.

Themes of this impressionistic pastel drawing are nature and rebirth. The composition was originally inspired by Edgar Degas’ Dancer in Front of a Window (circa 1874). I’ve moved the scene into a much more abstract expression and replaced the dancer with my own personal motif and symbol of life and love the Springbringer. A flower that awakes everything.