On the Street. Autumn Style Doodle Found from Sketchbook, Helsinki.

Helsinki Street Style in Doodles.

This is a style found from sketchbook. Doodled, I don’t remember when. Seen in Helsinki, anyway. Obviously, this is autumn outfit. Could be seen now on the street. Striped wool socks and loose beret on the head. Somehow this style feels coming from the past. The mix of stripes, floral scarf and plaid is wonderful.


For Fun. On the Streets of Helsinki.

Helsinki is wonderful town to live and visit

For a change, let’s have a look around Helsinki, the place where all the characters of this Helsinki Street style Blog hang around. This image is my response to the latest drawing challenge in Doodlers Addicts. The drawing task was Urban Explorer. As determined: For the Urban Explorer Drawing Challenge, we'll focus on illustrating cityscapes, houses, architecture, or other urban settings that are too perfect to pass up.

That suits to me, I live in Helsinki that has many faces and lovely places. I wanted to show different aspects of Helsinki in same image.

Helsinki Cathedral

Probably everyone who visits Helsinki passes the Helsinki Cathedral at some point. If you look around there is lovely selection of colours and details in buildings in Center. And of course, in a developing city there is always some construction work going on. But I am glad that there is also some old parts of the town, where wooden houses have been in the place for decades.

Helsinki Tram takes you to happenigs

Helsinki is just big enough to give surprises and small enough that it is easy to explore it by foot or bicycle. Helsinki green tram is an option and it offers a great way to look the street life and different parts near City Center. Helsinki is surrounded by sea and it gives a special character to the town. In summertime there is lovely happenings around the city in parks.

 If you are interested, go and check other submissions in Doodlers Addicts


For Fun. Taking Care of Houseplants.

A selection of houseplants.

I know, I know. Lately, it’s been quite silent here in Flash For Zonzon. Let me explain.

Too much everything in life. One thing of this bundle of everything is houseplants. I have hopelessly lost my mind and soul to houseplants. The increasing amount of plant pots causes the increasing need of care of these green friends. The number of species is growing and the size of my darlings is getting bigger. It is a chain reaction that causes the need to repot plants to bigger pots. All this hassle takes time from other free time activities, like drawing.

I joined a Finnish Facebook group of House Plants. Boom, the amount of knowledge in the group thrilled my brain. I have learned about the different types of breeding grounds. Before it was just a regular sac of soil carried from grocery store. Well, nowadays my plants have different mixtures of coconut fiber, perlite, vermiculite, pine bark, rough sand, leca substrate, moler clay. Every plant type has its own typical need for ground and light.

I have realized that there is point on finding out the care instructions of different plant types. Plants thank you by growing beautifully. And that is the magic!

Also, how it’s said, knowledge increases pain. Before I was totally ignorant of the enemies of houseplants. Species of insects like harmful mites are many who love to consume the wonderful greenery. Just in a concrete way. Now and then there is need to use some power against pests. Anyway, I like to use natural methods.

This image is made for Doodlers Addicts drawing challenge. The topic was Mother Nature. As much as I love to wander in woods I decided to illustrate my plant friends. We in Finland has this long dark period called winter. Especially in those dark days it is precious to have the green vital plants at home and workplace. It really gives energy.

The effect of living plants at home is sure more effective when you live in the weather zone where half of the year there is no leaves on trees. When I visited Spain, I felt myself become fools seeing all the plants we care so tenderly indoors, growing wild and happy outdoors. A ten-meter-high ficus compared to my meter-high-ficus elastica.

All the plants in this image live with me. But these are just part of them. Maybe I’ll illustrate them all later… Good idea!?

Money plant and Madacascar jewel

Many of the plants has been years with me, like twenty or more. We grow together. This money tree is one of them. And Euphorbia leuconeura, Madagascar jewel, has lived with me as long as I can remember. This or the children of the original plant. I keep on growing new little Madagascar jewels and give them forward to human friends.


On the Pier. Summer Fun, Angling.

watercolor landscape lakeside

Greetings from the Summer Holiday. It’s been a while when I last posted anything here. Spring was so hectic in work I didn’t have any time for this poor blog. Too bad.

Then came the blessed summer holiday and the cottage life in Finland countryside. The countryside life is surrounded by nature. That includes angling and fishing, eating the fish caught from the lake and blueberries from the woods. This year we had a lot of sunshine and it was a pleasure to jump into the lake swimming several times in a day. Rare delicacy in these levels as Finland.

summer fun angling

I haven’t seen much interesting street style lately. Therefor I’m sharing some images from summer sketchbooks. In the image above is my daughter angling. Dressed in all time classic Nokia Kontio -rubber boots (first pair made in year 1973), jeans, striped shirt and to the top yellow fisherman’s hat. The color of the hat fits perfectly with the yellow waterlily.

lakeside inkdrawing sketchbook

Simple life barefoot, sleeping in a tent to avoid mosquitos. In the evening it was a great pleasure to fall asleep listening the sounds on nature, wind, insects, birds, bees. This is the best way to reduce stress levels in life.


On the Street. Boys Boys Boys, Helsinki.

Spring feeling in this group of boys. The caps are pointing forwards and backwards, colors and style like uniform, all black, white and grey. Perfect harmony and good mood.


On the Street. The Beanie Style of 2018, Metro Helsinki.

On the Street. The Beanie Style of 2018, Metro Helsinki.

This time it’s time for trend review. Snow day, every day. Hard to believe it but it’s true. It seems that in Helsinki we are living never ending Winter time. Someone has cancelled Spring. That’s fine, I still have time to post this image. This is the trending beanie style of this winter.  Pale pink, pale peach, ivory white or graphite gray fluffy mohair beanie has been the most common headpiece this winter. It has made a breakthrough as a winter accessory number one among young women.

Let’s see if this harsh winter will continue and how far? There is some hope on the air. I see it in the form of Bougainville on the windowsill. It is starting to bloom.


On the YukiCon 5.0. Bunny Girl Cosplay, Helsinki.

On the YukiCon 5.0. Bunny Girl Cosplay, Helsinki.

A little while ago I attended YukiCon for the first time. YukiCon is about cosplay, magic, virtual fandom, anime, meetings of like minded mostly young people, that read manga, play video games, make cosplay music videos, draw fan art, eat pocky-sticks, crochet amigurumis and sleep in Pokémon pyjamas. Wow what a happening!

What I most liked, was the absolutely the marvelous variety of cosplay-costumes. Because I'm not a manga reader or video game player type of person, in most cases I didn't have a clue what they were dressed to look like. But that didn't matter.

In the beginning I thought I might sit somewhere with the sketchbook and concentrate in drawing the people. But at the end it felt meddlesome. Instead I drew this bunny girl from memory in her huge brown ears and matching color brick shaped big paws. The Bunny stood alone looking around, apparently trying to find someone familiar. The uncertainty fitted perfectly to the costume. Does anyone know what popular culture character she is actually playing? Enlighten me in comments if you know the role model of this costume.

By the way. When I was, say, 20 years younger, the animal I most related to was a bunny. Or to be precise, a rabbit. A little shy and timorous and fast running. Later it has changed. Now I feel more like crow. And I’m happy about it. Have you ever thought what you would be if you would be an animal?


On the Street. Be Aware, Little Granny, Lauttasaari Helsinki

On the Street. Be Aware, Little Granny, Lauttasaari Helsinki.

We are living dangerous times in Helsinki. The streets are covered with thin layer of snow and the danger lurks under the snow. If you are not in guard the rough layer of ice makes the trick. Suddenly you may wonder laying on the ground, what was the last idea before the carpet was pulled away under the feet.

The headlines on metro news screen tell that there are queues on health center because of numerous falling injuries. The old people are in line of fire. The bones are in danger to crack. In these feelings I saw this little granny far away going slowly towards grocery store. Heartbreaking sight. I’m glad she had the rolling walker to secure the road.


On the Street. Furry hair Icon, Metro Helsinki.

On the Street. Furry hair Icon, Metro Helsinki.

The color of this lady’s clothing reflects perfectly the conditions of Helsinki weather. Snow comes and goes, days are gray, dark evenings. The blue card in her hand is the travel ticket of Helsinki region transport. Fits well to her outfit because the backpack and the curly hair ends are blue as well.

By the way, we have new extension in Helsinki Metro line. Wow-wow! Let’s make some waves. It’s been a long curly process to get it ready. Speaking of curls, it popped to mind… Otherwise the Helsinki metro is straight one line. Only in the east is two endpoints making the metro line the form of fork. People in big metropolises like London and Paris may think its funny. Their metro maps look like spaghetti.

There is more of this subtle color play in her outfit. Boots and hair make a color pair. There is contrast of form, straight fringe and wild curves. Note the snowflake shape reflector. Be seen even in darkness of winter evenings. Ten points from me.


On the Street. Coffee Cowboy of Hakaniemi, Helsinki.

On the Street. Coffee Cowboy of Hakaniemi, Helsinki.

This fellow has hanged as a ready made drawing on my desk already for a month or so. There has been so much everything going on with my business that this poor blog has had to wait for a while.

A visit to Hakaniemi gives many times a different thrill than walking in Esplanade of Helsinki. More diversity. Like this man. I thought this was Freak Brothers live going 9 am in the morning. But with a can of coffee. Gosh, I like people who are true to the styles of their youth.