Hello Visitor, Fan or Intense lover of Digital arts!
Many new adventures and projects are waiting to come to life this year and I hope you will enjoy your stay on my website and if you need my skills and services for art projects or commissions or simply to send me feedback, please email to me:
Below is one of my art lectures on Youtube for the first time and the subject is "Digital Art & Expression", it's subtitled in English, please enjoy!
14th of June 2015 (update time!)
Long time since my latest official update!
The first attempt to crowd-fund the first batch of 'Ordera -'Exsilium' didn't reach the minimum goal for it to be fully published, so I'm sorry to let you know the book is still on the hold - but next round is coming and plans for a new campaign is underway :)
Adding new works to galleries during the next few days
Have a great summer and stay creative!
17th-19th of March 2015
Updating site and adding new artworks 18-19th of March
I am taking print orders!
Feel free to send me an enquiry of the painting you wish to see framed on your wall, I will reply as soon as I can, all requests please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Lots of other news also been happening lately! A special exhibition of my grandfather Tapio Rautavaara is held until 25th of September at the Finland's National Sports Museum at Helsinki - go see it when you have the chance. It's a beautiful showcase of his career and character as a well-known and beloved singer, athlete and movie star in Finnish history.
My career as a make-up artist also has improved as I got the amazing opportunity to create the special make-up effects to a music video for a Finnish band 'Raaka-aine' and their new single 'Kuolematon' ('Immortal' in English)
Check out link to the beautiful video produced by Vanir Productions and the process of the make-up at the Make-Up Art -gallery
Uploaded one of my art lectures on Youtube for the first time and the subject is 'Digital Art & Expression', feel free to share it and leave a comment on Youtube!
8th of February 2015
'ORDERA Exsilium - Maanpako' - the first book (out of four) of my longterm fantasy project started its crowdfunding campaign at Mesenaatti. me to publish the first Finnish edition of the series.
T he campaign will last for the next 3 months, until 8th of May 2015 and it has started really well! I thank you for all kinds of support and help to bring the book out as a fabulous and illustrated piece of adventure, mystery and art! :)
31sth of January, 2015
Held a wonderful 1,45 h lecture of Digital Painting and Storytelling at the Agora Center (University of Jyväskylä) at Beatcon 2015 -festival , it was a really great experience and met wonderful new people from the Finnish game industry and all around the world.
8th of January 2015
Happy New Year to all!
There is also a lot of sadness involved and my heart cried for the 12 people who were killed in Paris. It is an unbearable injustice and wrong that is hard to accept.
'Ordera' unfortunately didn't get a full publishing contract from Finland last year despite high hopes, so in this month there's going to be a full donation campaign launch, so I could bring you the perfect first batch of the first book of four called 'EXSILIUM - MAANPAKO'. I will update you further after few days and how you can help me making it happen!
It's a special publication with full-coloured illustrations within it, so you can't imagine a more beautiful fantasy book, that I can promise :)
I will be holding a Master Class lecture at Jyväskylä on 31th of January in a huge Game & Music Event, will update more of this soon!
9th of October 2014:
A comic I made in collaboration with a Macedonian writer Aleksandar Stevanov has won the 2nd Award in Best Comic in the International Comic Festival " VELES 2014", which was held in Veles, Macedonia this fall.
You can find a list of links and articles written of the event on this mainpage!
My dark fantasy saga 'Ordera' is currently being reviewed with a publisher so before I know better you can explore its world on its renewed website!
Check out also the renewed FINNISH site for 'Ordera'
13th of April, 2014:
Been so busy making new paintings that updates have been on hold, sorry for that!
My long-term project fantasysaga 'Ordera' has been without news for too long, so I'm going to renew its own website shortly, adding plenty of new character paintings and illustrations, sceneries and small chapters of the story, the search for a publisher is underway again
Adding new works to Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Speedpaintings and also updated the website banner
Had the honour of appearing on Finnish tv-show 'NEO', talking about digital painting with a Finnish artist colleague Sirkku Tuomela on 16th of March ,
Unfortunately had to cancel an art exhibition reserved for January 2014 at TaideTupa Pikku-Selma, Kuusankoski, Finland.
25th of September, 2013:
The publishing contract with Radical Publishing (Radical Studios) ended and now 'ORDERA' is ready to find another publishing house. The story consists of 4 parts and now I'm currently developing 4 prequel parts to complete the saga.
Just confirmed a new art exhibition coming up in January 2014 at TaideTupa PIkkuSelma, Kuusankoski, Finland, very big show coming up! :)
I apologise the delay for releasing the recorded lecture about Digital Expression, hel at Lappeenranta in April - the video will be up for viewing as soon as humanely possible
More updates and works will be added during July!
9th of April, 2013
Art Exhibition at Lappeenranta's Main Library starting 10th of April until the end of the month!
Selected 27 large sized high quality prints for sale, all personally signed!
On the opening day 10th of April I'm also holding a 1 hour lecture about Digital Expression at 18.00, in the Music Hall, the lecture will be recorded by Vanir Productions and will become available online (with English subtitles)!
Welcome to listen and take a tour on fantasy and dark art! :)
Lots of updates, new frontpage banner, compiling a Make-Up Art portfolio which I reveal soon, adding new commissions and personal works to galleries
Removing the Pencil Works Gallery,
I no longer work with pencils in general and it's been there for ages
Illustrations and development of my fantasy saga ' ORDERA' restarts soon with Radical Publishing, it's been a long 2 years of wait but all is well and the first book will be out as soon as possible!
I'm holding an art lecture at Kouvola (Kansalaisopisto), in Finnish on February 13th, 18.00 - 20.15 !
It's free and you're welcome to come and listen and meet me up there and see my works, while I talk about Digital Art and the challenges and views of being a professional artist.
9th of July, 2012
New Gallery revealed, it's that cute BLACK DRAGON-icon!! So take a look at Works In Progress. You'll see a whole series I'm currently working on and some other unfinished paintings.
Exciting new things happening! as I've broadened my genre from fantasy to surrealism, and to celebrate thit great occasion I've set up a gallery for the first works, take a looK at them at Dark Surrealism -gallery (it may not always be 'dark', but it works for now)
More paintings will be added in next few days to also Digital Paintings-gallery!
I hope I can provide some more insight in English in days to come, but first it'll be presented in Finnish language through my website - so stick along and maybe there's a way to make both happen soon.
Ahh. First snow and lot's of things happened in my life during the past weeks. Guess the climate change isn't so bad after all... ;)
Finished an interview for It's Art Magazine for their first issue coming up in January 2009, looking forward to see this special edition they plan on.
21st of October '08
Lots have happened in a month and much more still to come! Yay!
Black Halo Entertainment competes at Zuda.com with comic of Kahbi (World of Chi Chronicles), artist - me of course.
- sign there to cast a vote for us! =)
Ordera makes its first 'public' stunt when I talk about it in a certain fantasy book reviewer's blog soon
Flame Tree Publishing's gonna include many of my dragon-related works to it's upcoming Collection of Dragons - book.
- it also will include a small tutorial of one of my latest speedpaintings entitled "Eversor"
23th of September
had to remove temporarily Concept Art-section because of a certain current competition's restrictions, please stay patient.
19th of September 2008:
- added Close-buttons to the first page in Digital paintings, will be adding them to everywhere too as I find the time, so there's no more pop-ups! yeaah.
- Added 3d artist Markus Vogt's homepage to my Links-section, thanks Markus!
- Interview with 2d Artist magazine completed, looking forward seeing the article!
- busybusy.. managing timetables and finishing unfinished projects asap. Not so easy to be a freelancer!
23th of June 2008
-- Decided to remove the Prints- possibility for temporarily, at least for couple of months. Unfortunately I don't have the freetime to manage printing and posting myself. Sorry for this, everyone!
23rd of May '08
-Added details to "Prints" -section.
- Scheduled interview with 2d Artist magazine to this July's issue, yay!
- Finished commission painting of Alexander the Great, will be added on site shortly.
- currently working with upcoming MMO online game character concepts and "Fallen Angel" comics.
13th of May '08
Created a new category "Web Tutorials". You can see fast overviews how I create different quick paintings and moods. Currently just one process viewable, but hope you find it still enjoyable.
10th of May
-Refreshed some site appearance.
- Updated CV
- Added new works to
Commissions, Personal Paintings & Speedpaintings, enjoy!
(9th of May)
Still updating... Totally Friday-night stuff, lol!
- I got the honour being awarded with Silver (Excellence) award in Exposé 6's Portrait (painted) category! This girl is too happy now!
- Working with comic project "Fallen Angel" in collaboration with Gökalp Bayramli.
- Getting ready working with Black Halo Entertainment's 2nd comic story of a complex twisted person named Victoria, so exciting!
- Smirk& Dagger Games now have the piece "Din" in one of their gamecards as an illustration, check those cool games out!
- Working on a remaked Alexander the Great painting as individual commission, it will be huge!
Finnish metalband "Teräsbetoni"
rides to Eurovision, got the pleasure creating a shirt for them!