Katja Vartiainen

56 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'

THURSDAY'S PIC 61 - SHAMANLADY

When I was drawing my latest graphic novel, I had to learn how to draw many animals, sort of, as the moose. A fascinating creature. Those horns, that …

High Heels

THURSDAY'S PIC 60! - POST-PUBLISHING DAZE

You think it's done, when the book is out. FAAAR from it, especially if you have chosen the indie way. But your energy level is zero, you just want …

Painting

THURSDAY'S PIC 59 - OH, THE COVER ISSUE!

I was so eager to parade the announcement of my book going live today. But, as my mathhead is nonexistent, even when using a calculator- I received a …

Vitamins

THURSDAY'S PIC 58- A CAT

My comic books proof copy was supposed to arrive today, but now news- which is strange, since normally it has come in time with expedited postage or …

Arrive

THURSDAY'S PIC 57- WATERCOLOR TIME!

There's a lot talk about branding or subtly calling it 'finding your style', but I have discovered of having very different styles depending on the …

THURSDAY'S PIC 56- HERE IS THE FINAL COVER!

Here is my final cover for my graphic novel 'Elves Get Organized?'. The paperback features also the backside, and the digital/Comixology version. I …

THURSDAY'S PIC 55- ALMOST THERE!

So, here is page 1 from my upcoming graphic novel/comic 'Elves Get Organized?'. I started this project in January 2017, and I am now on page 102/106. …

THURSDAY'S PIC 54- THIS IS WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU WATCH OCEAN DOCUMENTARIES

Most of my life, I have lived by the sea. And I love it. So, now, that I'm living inland, and DO enjoy some impressive mountains, I watch with my man …

THURSDAY'S PIC 53- A HIDDEN LANDSCAPE

I have been wondering about the possibilities of digital painting, and had an idea of doing landscapes in which one can zoom in and find details, …

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 …

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. …

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. …

Painting

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 …

Painting

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: …

Vitamins

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 36- 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 …