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About Deviant Artist Ari SuonpääMale/Finland Recent Activity
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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.


Beauty Among Blossoms
This time a full painting using Digital Atelier brush pack for Krita. I really like the traditional effect from those brushes. Wish I had time (and space) to use real oils. Santa brought me a water color set, so maybe that's a good compromise between oils and digital.

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Another one for my series of quick studies. Still looks a bit overworked. Maybe I should do a few master studies from paintings by Richard Schmid to figure out how to keep my paintings loose and fresh.
My first try with a new Digital Atelier bundle for Krita. I think the end results are just what I've been searching for my digital workflow. More quick studies will follow later.
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 :) 


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artratene Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I know you get a lot of thank you's, but really, thank you for the llama badge!  It really means a lot to me coming from an experienced artist like you!
that-lil-trans-boy Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Your artwork is absolutely brilliant, beautiful and very elegant. :)
Thezz0 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you for the llama :)
WithinIllusion Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2006
Welcome to dA! Lovely to see a new face around here. Check out the FAQ for any help or ask me.

Enjoy Your Stay

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