Katja Vartiainen

47 Added | 1 Magazine | 5 Following | @KatjaVartiainen | Artist, painter, illustrator, recently a storyteller, not so serious multi-dilettante. Creator of doodle books and 'Elves & the Agro Adventure'

THURSADY'S PIC 52- GREETINGS FROM A HOLIDAY!

I really, really needed a break, and got one too. My husband and I got a last-minute hotel at Bodensee, and were graced by amazing weather. For a few …

Chronic Pain

THURSDAY'S PIC 51- FOR THE DISAPPEARING ICE

I heard yesterday from the radio that a huge chunk of ice has separated from the Antarctic shelf, and I found an article in the Guardian about it. …

Painting

THURSDAY'S PIC 50!!!-ROUND NUMBERS & SHORT POST

Wow, already 50 posts, I hope you've enjoyed them! Since yesterday I have been suffering from a hideous nerve pain in my right arm.<p>Too much …

THURSDAY'S PIC 49- MOVEMENT OR THE LACK OF IT

I ended up doing a quick pencil drawing of a bird with rain boots on. Small strokes, gentle, short, with a B strenght, that is quite a hard pencil. …

THURSDAY'S PIC 48-HOMMAGE TO DAVID LYNCH

It is fascinating to follow an artist and find the same themes appear in their work through many years. I found this pencil drawing from last year. …

THURSDAY'S PIC 47- IT'S A SLUG'S LIFE & PAUSE FROM ADVICE

I realized that I have been giving a lot advice here, on Niume, in my blogs. How did that happen? Did anybody ask for it? I confess - I did …

THURSDAY'S PIC 46- DRAW FROM A MODEL

One of the marvelous things about living now is the technology. We have access to resources we didn't before. You can take drawing classes via …

THURSDAY'S PIC 45- IS IT WEIRDLY GOOD OR JUST HORRIBLY BAD?

When one explores in art - what is almost your 'duty' or makes the whole process of doing art interesting, one constantly comes across the question: …

THURSDAY'S PIC 44- EDITING EARS & SUCH

So I'm back at the beginning editing my graphic novel 'Elves Get Organized?' and realize the ears of my elves are huge! How can this be? I know that …

THURSDAY'S PIC 43- ABOUT LIGHT(& WATER)

I painted so many years with oil colors. The<p>toxicity of them made me stop. Also the need to change, do something else.<p>Painting with watercolors is a …

THURSDAY'S PIC 42- A CAT!

I'm on p 91 in my second graphic novel with the working title 'Elves Get Organized?', or EGO. I've been doing the drawing, inking, and the text, …

THURSDAY'S PIC 41- ABOUT BEING SICK- IT SUCKS

This time only few lines, since I got the flue again, and a doc appointment soon. I'm on p 87 on my graphic novel- inks and texts. So close to the …

THURSDAY'S P IC 40-ABOUT WHEN TO CALL IT DONE

I'm in round numbers in my Thursday's pics, hurray for that! Today my small watercolor is an example of, that I didn't put my brush down, because I …

THURSDAY'S PIC 39- ABOUT SUPPORT II

Paper! Many remember the moment from their childhood of been given watercolors and a piece of paper, and then all that excitement just literally …

THURSDAY'S PIC 38 - ABOUT SUPPORT I

Sorry, no amazing financial aid tips in this post- I'm going to write about physical supports, first about canvasses.<p>As the rule goes: paint …

THURSDAY'S PIC 37- THE ARTIST STATEMENT

There used to be a time when I was more interested in art theories. What was always difficult was to write an artist statement for galleries or for …

THURSDAY'S PIC 35- ABOUT SPACE

My graphic novel happens in a defined space: nature, village, forest. The panels create the space. Many artists have broken the frontiers and mixed …

THURSDAY'S PIC 35- ABOUT THE FLOW...

Yesterday, I had a day, when I had slept well, and was motivated to work, but I was trudding along like a ship in the desert. After 5 hours of …

THURSDAY'S PIC 34-FEELING GOOD

I'm happy that all three of my watercolor paintings, that also have served as these Thursday's pics, have found new homes! They were in the annual …

THURSDAY'S PIC 32 - ABOUT LIGHT AND SUCH

Light is a thing that cannot be reproduced, but must be represented by something else – by color. -Paul Cezanne.<p>My academic art studies in Finland …

THURSDAY'S PIC 31- WISH I HAD A LAZY DAY

This week's pic is pretty spontaneous. The watercolor is about month old, one of my cat project paintings. I am still working towards putting up an …

THURSDAY'S PIC 29 - SPRING IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER, RIGHT?

I'm working enthusiastically on my next graphic novel. I decided to speed thing up, and go from REALLY simple thumbnails to drawing digitally with my …

THURSDAY'S PIC 28-IGGY'S EYES

Jim Jarmusch is doing a documentary about Iggy Pop and the Stooges. After I saw the trailer, I was hypnotized by Iggy Pop's eyes.<p>He has sort of a …

THURSDAY'S PIC 27-BALANCE

Yeah, you might find it ridiculous, the endless floe of cats and other furry creatures on the social media- but seriously- how can one survive the …

THURSDAY'S PIC 26 - OR WHEN YOU CAN'T CHOOSE WHAT TO DRAW

A short post this time. Here is my cat-owl-tree sketch. Sketching randomly is so important if you're in visual arts. It's gold digging. you have to …

THURSDAY'S PIC 25 - IT'S TIME FOR GOOD ROLE MODELS

So, here we are 2017. Finally my fan art of Dolph Lundgren, one of the heroes of my graphic novel. Since he is ehm... quite caricatured in it, I …

THURSDAY'S PIC 24 & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I hope this year finds you in good health, and peaceful mind- it seems we are going to need it.<p>I have drawn this week two the real Dolph's portraits, …

TUESDAY'S PIC=WEDNESDAY'S PIC=THURSDAY'S PIC= HAPPY, PEACEFUL HOLIDAYS!

Seasonal Greetings to you all! I started the holidays one day before..Also, I'll prolong it with a week, what comes to my Thursday's pic- the next …

THURSDAY'S PIC 22- YES I PUT 20 TWICE....

This week I have not much to say. The world got me. I feel sad. It seems that the profits a few, the greed for 'even more' in material things and …

THURSDAYS PIC 20 and My Mistakes Doing My First Graphic Novel

My Mistakes Doing My First Graphic Novel<p>It's again such a joke, since when I first wrote this text, I happily mentioned in the end, that one thing I …