lauantai 23. huhtikuuta 2016

torstai 21. huhtikuuta 2016


Marker Drawing
(c) Niina Niskanen

Finnish word "Noita" (witch) originates from Sami word "Noaidi" which means a shaman.

sunnuntai 10. huhtikuuta 2016

Disney Babies Cuteness Overloaded


I watched Tarzan the other day (first time in English) I will write a review about it later here to my blog. Anyway..while I was watching Tarzan something really strange happened to me..Disney Baby Fever.

This is very rare since I've never wanted to have kids. I do get a long with children I've even worked as a teacher but I've always known I'm not "mother material".

Disney Babies however are something totally different. Once I saw this documentary how people react to human- and animal babies. Big eyes and clumsiness trigger need to nurture in most of the people. Disney studios are masters to create extremely cute baby and child characters.

I think at the moment baby Tarzan is my favorite Disney baby. He is darn cute.
Beginning of the film is heart breaking when Tarzan looses his parents and Kala's gorilla baby is killed by Sabor.


Then there are some Disney babies I don't find so cute like baby Hercules. It might be the golden curls and the diaper I just don't find him that cute. Tiny Pegasos is really adorable. I do love adult Hercules. 


Little Anna and little Elsa are super cute as kids. Especially Anna when she sings to her sister through the keyhole. 


May I present the most aristocratic kittens in the world: Marie, Touluise and Berliuz.
Anyone who has a Facebook account knows how extremely soothing it is to watch pictures of cute kittens.

These three are just amazing.

You might also meet a fierce alley cat


Do you remember this scene where Thumber taught Bambi to talk?

Bambi has some of the most cutest animal babies in the history of animated films. 

Lilo & Stitch

Cuteness overloaded

Lilo and Stitch are super cute! Did you know that Lilo's character animator Andreas Deja is very famous for animating several Disney bad guys like Gaston, Scar and Jafar.

Peter Pan

Little Michael in Peter Pan is really adorable


What about this baby elephant with gigantic ears?

Isn't he cute or what!

In Dumbo during the song baby mine we are presented plenty of baby animals.

Silly Symphonies

In Disney early short animations, Silly Symphonies there was also really cute baby characters

Princess and the Frog

Charlotte and Tiana were adorable little girls.

It was so lovely how they stayed friends as adults and still enjoyed dressing up
as princesses.

Lady and the Tramp

Walt Disney once gave his wife Lily a puppy in a hatbox as a Christmas present. 
This memory lives forever in the beginning scene of the Lady and the tramp.

Lady really was the pretties puppy.

Later on she and Tramp got pretty puppies of their own.

Who do you think is the cutest Disney baby? was this cuteness overloaded?
I could continue this list forever. I will someday.

torstai 7. huhtikuuta 2016

Frozen heart

"Frozen heart"

-Listen to me Elsa. Your power will only grow. There is great beauty in it but also a great danger. Fear will be your enemy.

maanantai 4. huhtikuuta 2016

Vegan Paint Brushes

I am moving more towards only using vegan products. As an art student I use and buy tons and tons of paint brushes but how will I know what brush is a vegan and ecological?

There are two kinds of paint brushes; paint brushes made from natural hairs and synthetic paint brushes. Paint brushes made from natural hair are usually meant for oil color, acrylic or watercolor painting also many make up brushes are made from natural hairs. Make up brushes are usually made from squirrels, badgers, horses or goats. Watercolor paint brushes has hair from squirrels and /or ponies. Natural hair oil color brushes are made from pig's hair.

Especially paint brushes made in China are made from butchery left-overs. Part of paint brushes made in Europe are also made from butchery left-overs or they are left overs from European fur farms. That has animal being dead or alive when hair has been  cut off? is pretty much impossible to tell. Oil color brushes that are made in China comes from butcheries. Skin is removed from the pigs and hair is taken of by boiling the skin.

All companies that make paint and make-up brushes have their own contractors and contractors have their own subcontractors. This is why it is extremely difficult to track the exact origin of paint brushes made from natural hair.

In Europe there are two categories for natural hair paint brushes. These are.
- Harvested (origin unknown)
- Cruelty free (animal wasn't harmed during the process)

These days synthetic brushes are very well made and work just as well for painting and make-up than natural hair brushes. Buying synthetic brushes you can be shore that animals weren't killed during any part of the process.

However if you prefer using brushes made with natural hair but still don't support killing animals I recommend not to buy any brushes made in China and look for brushes made in Europe that have cruelty free certification. If you are uncertain which category brush belongs ask from the importer about their certifications. 

Many art companies have their own lines of synthetic brushes. Some are moving towards only making synthetic brushes. If you want to super ecological you can always try making your own paint brushes. You can cut your own hair or some hair from your cat or dog. 

Here are some directions I've found:

If you don't really care are brushes natural or synthetic but you still wish to be more ecological artists one way is to use recycled paint brushes. When I've studied art in different schools few times I've got free supplies when teachers have made art supply inventory. Of course remember to check are brushes in good condition. Especially children don't always remember to wash them after use. You also might have friends and family members who used to paint but got bored with it and would gladly give painting supplies forwards.