Character: Tommy the Troll (2011)

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je_pulleapeikko-colorRound-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.

Photographs: Flying over the Clouds – My first time flying (2016)

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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.

Film still: Soulweaver – Memory of Tomorrow (2009)

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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 😉 ).

Here is more about the film.

Stamp series (2009)

stamps_mini   A series called Sepia.

stamps_angels   Angels.

stamps_spring  Encounters in Spring.

stamps_flapsticks    stamps_sandwind    Flapsticks and Wind of the Sand.

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.

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.]