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Ari Suonpää
Having lived most of my life in small Finnish towns have given me an opportunity to be inspired by the country's rich nature on a daily basis. Painting and drawing have been my passion since a child. One of my fondest memory from school was a time when we spent an art class outside drawing an old iron works.

Being also an engineer keeps me intrigued by all the digital tools for creating art, but meanwhile I've always enjoyed landscapes by the old masters. This must be the reason why most of my paintings are created using digital tools, but they still look almost identical to my traditional paintings. When not in front of my computer, I like to do studies into my sketchbook, and paint using oils and acrylics. Most popular subjects in my paintings are nature and people, since it's easy to appreciate the beauty in both subjects. Being a fan of fantasy genre, sometimes a dragon or two might also end up into my paintings.

What keeps me painting is the chance to create beauty out of nothing. I like to paint in realistic style, but not just to copy what I see. The feeling of control comes from the ability to combine things you like from several sources, be it something seen outside, or something inside my head.


Kastelholm Castle
This is based on a photo I took two years ago when visiting Kastelholm Castle in Åland. It was a beautiful morning that day, and this painting tries to bring that same mood alive. As usual I was aiming for a look of a traditional painting. Hope you like it!
Lazy Summer Day 2
This is a repaint of my previous painting from 2006: It works as a nice way to test how much I've progressed during the years.

Everything is painted digitally in Krita. At the final stage I took the painting to ArtRage, applied a canvas texture, and went through the painting with a palette knife to get some variability to the edges. It also helps in taking the painting closer to having that traditional oil painting feel.

I hope you like it. Any comments are always welcome :) 
Enchanted Forest
This is my first painting done entirely in Krita. This replaces my previous workflow of going back and forth between Corel Painter and Photoshop.

In this painting I paid attention to having variation in edges and color. This means there are a mixture of hard, soft, and lost edges as well as some hue variations which gives more natural look. After all the nature itself is full of variation. You just need to be careful to still keep the harmony in place when varying the hues. For that the foreground only contains cool colors and all the warms are in the background. This time I also used some grays to make the adjacent colors more vivid.

For the subject itself I left room for the viewer to come up with a story. In my opinion it adds to the viewing experience. 

The character was referenced from a stock photo made by Liam-stock: :iconliam-stock:


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nickjrlover Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is late, but thanks for the llama!
Guelime Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018  Student
Thank you for the Llama!!
RealAlike Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Merry Christmas and happy New Year! :D (Big Grin)
poisonmonkey Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Komeita ovat :)
arisuonpaa Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017
Kiitos :)
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