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.

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.

Drawing: Fountain of Africa (2011)

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africa2011-11-08Color pencils and ink, 10×15 cm. Inspired by Afrikan tähti (Star of Africa) board game, that is legendary in Finland. I have the original game by Kuvataide from 1950s in my collection which I inherited from my dear grand mother she was an oil painter. We used to play the game a lot and I have fond memories of it. I also have the extremely rare Commodore 64 game adaptation (1986) made by Amersoft.

This art is from the Apokryfia sketch book #10 Kappa the Color where all the illustrations are in color, instead of mostly black and white of the other volumes.

By the way, Madagascar has traveled all the way to the exact opposite side of the “pool continent” here for some reason.

Fountain of Africa is from December 8th 2011 and it was a follow-up and based on the proximate black and white ink sketch from November 8th 2011. Mountains and some kind of a huge tree-sized plant make the surrounding setting in both and I picked the woman-motif and giraffe for the color work too,

The particular November-sketch on the other hand originates from my morphing graphic novel Apokryfia: Zeta (April 2011). There is a section happening in Africa with skeletons in the middle of the story where all this started from. (Zeta will be featured in the blog too.)

Drawing: Where Is the Roof? (1998)

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An eye sees a stream of beings and things. The hand in bottom center is curiously inspired by A Clockwork Orange. It is trying to turn the letter ‘A’ back to upwards. I signed as Psychic back in this time.

In the late 1990s I became interested in psychedelic visuals and began to draw in such style. “Where Is the Roof?” is the first finalized drawing of this era. This style still manifests itself occasionally in my Narcosis the Cat Meets the Flapsticks comic books and strips.

It is interesting that I much later chose this color scheme of black and white and red to my upcoming Science-Fiction epic film Soulweaver: Requiem for Earth.

Drawing: Bull Fractal (2008)

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A psychedelic bull constructed out of fire, The Sprite of Spring and a feminine duck meet in a whirlpool of fractal. Can you see the Duck and the Bull? There is also a grand piano (“flyygeli” in Finnish) keyboard-headed slug with a moustache.

Pen 70×50 cm. I find animals, creatures, beings and characters in clouds, puddles, tree branches, leaves, stumps… in the fractals of nature and other random visual formations. Although in this case this is purely my imagination and subconsciousness on a blank piece of paper basically without any outer stimulation.

Apokryfia sketch book series 2009–

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Here are my Apokryfia sketch books where this website and blog were originally inspired from and based on. This is where my artistic ideas often derive from.

These are the first 10 books (3.4.2009 – 26.12.2011) and I’m currently (September 2016) on the 13th book. There are currently over 1500 pages of sketches and illustrations.

The books are named after the Greek alphabet from Alpha to Omega. The vignette symbols make some kind of reference in the contents of each book. There is also a box carrying the first 12 issues.

Note: to the sharp-eyed viewers – yes, Delta and Gamma are mixed on purpose for the shot because I originally made a mistake with the side vignette. I.e. every other vignette is supposed to be an open outer line drawing and every other is fat and colored. (Plus Theta is mysteriously left blank.)

#6 Zeta is a metamorphing graphic novel from beginning to end, and it will be featured in the blog too. Here’s a small preview excerpt to get you excited… 😉shop