Kaisa Tuulenkari


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New painting!

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

I made this painting for ArtOrder challenge Inspiration.

Aurora Borealis aka Revontulet

After a light nights of summery Finland there comes darker time. In darkness I can see lights. It's time to see stars and, when you are lucky, northern lights. There is a story that Aurora Borealis is born when foxes run on the snow and sparkles fly to the sky from it's tail.

©Kaisa Tuulenkari 2013

Medium is acrylics and coloured pencils.

I am such a lazy bastard!

Posted on March 25, 2013 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Oh, it was last year  when I did my previoust post. Well I've been workin hard. Really. I did make these Angry bird figures to Vuokatti. You can find pictures from my Facebook page.

Now I'm finishing Doghill project for Särkänniemi. After that, who knows what's coming. I will release photos of Doghill figures when the park had it's opening. So stay tuned in!

Happy Holidays!

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

This year is comming to it's end and I wish you all happy holidays and good  luck for the next year.

©Kaisa Tuulenkari 2012

My Mighty Mugg - Lord Soth's work process

Posted on September 28, 2012 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Blank figure came at june 14. 2012.

June 15. I started to work with it. Finding my consepts and printing colordesign. Now I needed some fake hair, two spikes for the elbows and more spikes for helmet. And some paint and glue of course. But first I needed to clean my table and make some room for him. Put MMin pieces. Looked basic instrutions from the internet to avoid any unpleasant suprises. First I gave those parts a light sanding.

I made a plaster mold for crown spikes. I casted some fiberglass spikes and sanded them. I used fiberglass just because I had it in the house, otherwise I would've buy something less toxic.

Made some calculations and used a handyhelpers to measure where to drill holes for crown.

First glued spikes with Super Attak.

 Weaved some artificial hair for theponytail.

Elbow spikes. Tip from a ballpoint pen. Added some Permapoxy for a fuller shape and glue. They need sanding after hardening.

I'm giving the surface some structure with glues and cords.

Final sanding before airbrushing basecoat. (Tape the ponytail to keep it on place.) I chouse black so I get it everywhere and I try to continue to paint from dark to light.Actualy I need only four colours: black, white, chrome yellow and red for the eyes. But if it seems to reguire more hues I'll consider this again.


Then I sketched with pencil on figure and broke the ice by painting eyes on place.

Had to add some brown to chrome yellow because it turned out too bright on black. All base colors on place. I'm thinking to add some metallic colours to the helmet.

I think metallic paints seem usually flat on 2D paintin, but on figures and other three dimensionalobjects it plays with light beautifully. I couldn't get that sparkelwith regular paints.

Painting details. Head's almostfinnished. Eyes need to be airbrushed and that's it.

Almost there. Putting pieces together.Some details and finnishing touches. Matt varnish for protection. Someone is upside-down waiting that varnish to dry.

Next day I airbrushed those eyes (or so I thought I would do) and add cloak. I had some old used to be black piece of cotton canvas for that purpose.

I should practice airbrushing more often. I suck wiht it. Canvas looked good but the eyes were making me suffer. I had to give up that thought and use regular brushes. I varnished his eyes and finished his cloak. June 29. he is ready to travel back to Jon.

July 1. 2012 we had last photoshoot and after that I packed him for mailing.

Thank you for your interest!

Illuminative color theory

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I found this article throuhg Muddy Colors. It is Howard Lyons tutorial of building harmonious colors and it's really good. You should read it. You can find it HERE.

My latest painting

Posted on September 26, 2012 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I thought it would be nice to post here some work in progress photos of my latest painting. It's done with mixed media, acrylics and lace. I'm really bad with names but I have decidet to call this Final fire. Original sketch is from january 2010. It was nagging in my head so long that I had to paint it.

Running paint looks good but otherwise this isn't going exactly where I would like it to go.

I tried to fles it out with palette knife. It helped but wasn't the whole solution. I painted over almos everything with big brush and smokey colors.

This time the shape of head is more correct but her expression is too hard.

Some close ups. Now you see. Her face is more gentle and maybe sorrowful. It gives you more to think. Right?

© Kaisa Tuulenkari 2012 (33x24cm)

Monday evening sketches

Posted on September 18, 2012 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I try to push my self to draw more often again. Yesterday evening I did some sketching. Horses and eyes. No reference used.


Posted on September 17, 2012 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I got an invite to the Gentlemans Christmas party and I thought that I would need mustache. So inspired by Hercule Poirot I made these.

Winged unicycle

Posted on August 20, 2012 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Random sketch from yesterday.

Lord Soth is in the U.S.A.

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

My Mighty Mugg is ready and it has arrived to Wizards. It's going to GenCon at Wizards of the Coasts booth. If you will be there go to see it live.

Kaisa Tuulenkari 2012