Ancient deities / Version.
One of several illustrations for “Kolmas lähde / Handbook”. Published by Aalto University Small Business Center.
More sketches for an upcoming book “Maanväki” (Earthfolk).
It’s obvious: fast drawing of a poodle is doodle. But what would you call a quick sketch of a crocodile?
Matkaan magazine / Urban Planning.
Cover illustration for new issue of electronic Long Play journal on the topic of mining business.
Yay! Harri Römpötti wrote a really nice review on the “Veden valtiaat” exhibition in Helsingin sanomat today. My makeshift translation below:
"Well, this artwork is really neat! No blots or blemishes nor traces of sketches underneath.
In fact Christer Nuutinen’s illustrations from the book "Veden valtiaat" are displayed as prints and there is no ‘original artwork’ in a traditional, physical sense.
Nuutinen has made his images totally in a digital domain, from start to finish. This way of working is becoming the norm so fast, that some more traditional artists working with pen and paper are lamenting the loss of their methods.
To exhibit artwork this way is not futile, though. The images of Nuutinen’s and author Marjut Hjelt’s book are presented in a format far larger than the original pages. In a gallery you get to enjoy the details a lot more.
The original book is about the mythical beings of the water. This large body of illustration work deserves attention as an exhibition. Of around 70 original illustrations 10 are presented.
The creatures come from all around the world, from Finland to Far East. Author Hjelt’s writing is sourced from gathered original folklore, but Nuutinen has interpreted them in an original way.
Among his other work Christer Nuutinen is known for illustrating comics series “Cramps and Strains” written by Pauli Kallio. His illustration style is precise and polished which sits well with the topic of the “Veden valtiaat” book.
Finnish Illustrator’s Association’s gallery in Punavuori presents a needed view in a subcategory of visual culture, that has been somewhat neglected despite its’ long traditions.
Illustrations are often utilitarian arts made for purpose, for example to work together with written information. Even outside their original use skillfully made illustrations can be appreciated as pleasing pieces of art. This is something Nuutinen succeeds at.”
This week is a good one. Not only will a little exhibition of my illustrations open tomorrow, but on top of that a new comic book will be out at “Tampere kuplii” comics festival.
Kramppeja & nyrjähdyksiä is written by Pauli Kallio and it’s published weekly in Suomen kuvalehti magazine. These stories came out originally during 2010-2011.
Images of selected deities and monsters of water came out of printers’ office today. At the moment they are being laminated and framed for an exhibition opening next week.
More info later!