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2016/06/25

Seasons. June Weather Girl Portrait.



May I present you Miss June in my Weather Girl portrait series. June is the first official summer month in Finland. High hopes is set for June. Like oooh, the warmth will come… and the sun will shine… picnics in the park… chilling outdoors… nature blooming… All of this is possible. But then, it may occur that the temperatures stay quite low and stormy rainy days is a norm.

It is a risky business to arrange an outdoor festival in June. Like last Saturday Helsinki Samba Carnaval had simply awful weather. Still the wet dancers were brave and did their performance in good spirit. And the loyal fan club like me with my daughters stood in the rain and strong wind enjoying the show. Wet and happy.

Capricious is June. Therefor this lady has a bit strict expression. Around her head is a flower wreath, woven with the natural flowers, which nature offers plenty. Birch wood frames the background.

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This is already sixth in the Weather Girl portrait series. In Finland we have four main seasons, but even each month has a character of their own. By the end of the year we have all twelve sisters together. Here is a link to the Introduction of Weather Girl Portrait series, if you are interested.

2016/06/23

On the Street. Floral Mens Shirt, Kamppi, Helsinki.


Lately on catwalks we have seen plenty of floral patterns on both women’s and menswear. Especially Gucci has led the way along this path. As you see in this illustration, some echoes of this trend is seen on Helsinki streets also. This fellow had nice mix with soft tinted floral pattern shirt that had hints of russet color. Cleverly he had the same accent russet brown on cap and sneakers also. What could be your favorite accent color?

2016/06/16

Draw A Dot. Christopher Kane SS 2016 Fashion Illustration.


This lady is my submission for Draw A Dot Open Call to draw something from Christopher Kane SS 2016 collection. This time I chose to make paper cut illustration.

In Instagram you can check hashtag  #DrawADotChristopherKane to see all submissions.

The problem with me as illustrator seems to be that I always want to experiment with different materials and drawing techniques. I look at the subject and then decide what is the best fit to it. The negative side is that there is no signature style in my illustrations. But never mind, drawing should be fun. And sure it is!

2016/06/15

On the Street. Captain Cap Trending, Kamppi, Helsinki.


It seems that the hat of this summer is captain cap. On a short stroll in city center yesterday I saw about ten persons with captain cap. And why not, combined with striped T-shirt, it feels like summer and salty sea. Style classics rules.

In summer we all sail in terms of holiday more or less. Sailing on leisure time and free thoughts, at least.

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More about Captain Cap and the style corner stones in this post:
Captain Cap Makes the Style.

2016/05/27

On the Street. Summery Red Dress, Lauttasaarentie, Helsinki.

Street Style Helsinki. Adwanced style Red Dress.

How joyful sight it is to see a senior lady walking down the street in a bright red classic dress skirts swaying. A dress like strawberry. Blooming like red geranium. It feels so summery!

I imagine that she is going to meet her friend and they drink some coffee together and tell stories and laugh like friends do. Oh, let’s all meet some friends and have some refreshing time at weekend!

2016/05/20

Seasons. May Weather Girl Portrait.

Seasons. May Weather Girl Portrait.

It is weird. Often when May starts it is like magic. Suddenly days are warm, almost every day is sunny day, temperatures are 10 to 15 degrees warmer than last week. Fast adopters go in shorts and T-shirt when slower still uses down jackets. Flowers arise, blue Anemone Hepaticas, white Wood Anemones and Dandelions give joy. Here we have a May Weather Girl.

2016/05/13

On the Street. Button Eyes, Kallio, Helsinki.

Helsinki Street Style. Button Eyes.

A while ago I watched a creepy children’s film Coraline. In this film there is a witch whose eyes are buttons and she wants to sew buttons also in place of Coraline-girl eyes. I don’t know how come the age limit is 7 in this film. I almost lost the good night sleep looking at it as an adult. But that’s another story…

Another day I visited an event of entrepreneurs. The name of the game is that it’s okay to start conversation with anyone you like. So, I had a nice little chat with this lady that is illustrated above. Tall slim appearance, dark lipstick, black clothing and those dark eyes that felt like buttons.

I can’t help it, when I meet someone this much interesting person, I must tell how I like their style. Like this time: Your style is fantastic. It reminds me the horrible witch from cartoon movie Coraline.

Well… err… I hope she understood it was a compliment.

2016/05/06

Catwalk. Prada ss 2016 Fineliner Pen Illustrations.

Prada ss 2016 fashion illustration

In Instagram Draw A Dot challenge for April was to draw something of Prada SS 2016 collection. This time I took simple fineliner pens and just started drawing starting with a dot. No sketching, just  drawing. After all I didn't have time to send these to challenge. But I don't mind, drawing is always fun.

Prada ss 2016 fashion illustration.

In Instagram the hashtag is #drawadotprada to see all the submissions of the subject.

2016/05/02

Seasons. April Weather Girl Portrait.

Seasons. April Weather Girl Portrait.

Let me present you Miss April in my Weather Girl portrait series. It comes a little late, but it’s all right because also spring has been late. In April the weather is very capricious in Finland. One day delightful moments in sunshine and the next day opposite, mist, rain and freezing wind is blowing in the collar. The last patches of snow melt and migratory birds return. The listening experience is filled with seagulls squall.

Here is a link to the Introduction of Weather Girl Portrait series.

2016/04/22

On the Street. Brim Hat Look, Kamppi, Helsinki.

Street Style Helsinki. Brim Hat Look, Kamppi, Helsinki.

Here we go in an always pleasant looking monochromatic range of colors. Special attention to proportions in this case. Wide brim hat and loosely undulating pepper tweed coat. As opposed to thin legs sticking out from under tight miniskirt. Big white sneaker shoes is a fun endpoint that root this young lady steadily to the ground.