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It has been a while since the last post. To be honest, my life has been really busy now. At least it feels like it. I feel that I am taking giant leaps with my life as graphic designer, and even as a photographer. This is a awesome thing, but at the same time all this feels a bit confusing to me. How should I react, when I get a new assignment as graphic designer or photographer? How should I react when my design is going public? — And where is my “real portfolio web site”? It is a good question and that is something I need to build up, as soon as possible. I just need to regroup with myself and arrange time, when I am not tired or confused with some awesome situation.

About a week ago my friends from school, Jari Nyman and Olli Mustikainen, asked me to take photographs of their design lamps and their bench, which they had designed and produced in school. They have co-designed two lamps: Log Lamp and Peso Lamp (…And they really named the lamp after me! Funny guys, but they were serious about giving the name Peso for the lamp!). Nyman and Mustikainen had also designed this awesome Mägi bench. I had a blast taking these photographs. Nyman and Mustikainen are really nice guys to work with. They are so passionate about what they do, and that good feeling just bursts out and reflects to people.

I am really pleased how these photos came out. One light, that’s all. I like. I also took some portrait pictures of Nyman and Mustikainen. Below you can see the results. Please leave a comment if you feel, or if I have done good job, or if you want to give critic to me!

But the funny and confusing thing, concerning about these photographs happened today. Mustikainen posted a link in facebook, that a design blog: had posted a story of the Mägi bench and photos without asking any permission from me, Nyman or Mustikainen! You can see this post from here. It is a really nice thing to get some publicity as being young students, but asking a permission for posting and publishing these photos and the design in their web site would have been a pleasant thing. Good thing was that they mentioned our names there. But reality is inevitable, the design of the guys and my photos are published in a real design web site! And that’s really something.

I also took photos of Mustikainen’s Liito Rocking Chair. Mustikainen won 2nd prize at rocking chair design competition 2012, with this rocking chair. Nice work Mustikainen!

Nyman and Mustikainen got also emails concerning about the Mägi bech and its photos from a another direction. But that is a another story for some other time. Hope we will hear more from this thing soon.

Mägi Bench (c) Nyman and Mustikainen

Mägi Bench (c) Nyman and Mustikainen

Mägi Bench (c) Nyman and Mustikainen

Jari Nyman / Mägi Bench (c) Nyman and Mustikainen

Peso Lamp (c) Nyman and Mustikainen

Olli Mustikainen / Peso Lamp (c) Nyman and Mustikainen

Log Lamp (c) Nyman and Mustikainen

Log Lamp (c) Nyman and Mustikainen

Liito Rocking Chair (c) Mustikainen

Liito Rocking Chair (c) Mustikainen

All images are (c) Jussi Peso. Using the photographs without permission is prohibited.


And now you may see these signs in action!


A week ago I made these signs for Saraste scout camp. Just before Saraste, there is a another scout camp. Roverway. Saraste and Roverway is held in the same place and the signs are going to be placed for Roverway also, so there is quite many scouts to se these signs live! 😀 so fun! So here is small jpg for you.


About a week ago, a friend of mine was at my place and we were talking about my way of painting digitally. Well okay, I may have started it, but the conclusion of this conversation was, that my friend asked and suggested me, that if I’d be more patient with my paintings and give them more time, they could be a lot better. Perhaps they could, but I need to practice this. I tend to paint my illustrations quite quickly. If I’m working on some painting just for fun, I don’t know how to proceed with it after certain point – which I cannot specify. If I could somehow learn this “mile stone of my paintings”, maybe I really could be better.

Okay, I’ve taken the first step with this. I took Batman as my subject, because it is quite easy to approach and its forms are familiar to me. I’ve done few quick Batman paintings, so I could perhaps change or create better painting strategy or habit.

I started as always, fast sketching around and then created “the final result”, the form and composition for my painting. I do all this sketching with small canvas in 72dpi and paint it with black and white. After I’m happy with my result, I enlarge the painting’s resolution and pixels ratio. And then start to adjust the illustration, with painting details and coloring the image and after that it is just small fine tuning. I had six separate painting sessions with this painting, about one hour each (there is the final image after every session). I found this particularly difficult. I didn’t know where to correct or change things, how to proceed. I gave a lot of time to the wings, the movement of the body, head and chest. And again a drifted to hide all the things, that I did not have the talent to paint “correctly”. Well, also again in this composition these elements were not in the main role, so it was ok to do this.

The painting grew really well, you could see the process, which was really nice. But it lost some good atmosphere or was changed into other direction. And here comes in this small problem of mine. Every time I paint, I’m not quite sure what I really want from the painting. Speed Painting is in this situation a good choice, because the technical (from the technical part of paintig technique) result itself is not or may not be the main point. It is the feeling that it gives. It could be all non sens, but if it has even one or two critical strokes and/or colors, it may be the perfect illustration. Now this progress which I’m trying to achieve is so technical, that I’m way off from my sort of comfort zone.

This is really difficult. How could I proceed with this hobby? Or should I say future “profession”? I don’t know…

Today I said to my self that I do not know how to proceed with this, so let’s say that this is done and give it a bit of color into it. This is really different from my past illustrations, but this “ending method” that I did to this one, is pretty similar that I do always. I like it, but the end result may not be the one that I had in my mind – if I even had any of those 😀

Please feel free to comment, ask or suggest something. I’d love to here some fresh ideas. I really want to be better and understad what and how to paint better 🙂

The final illustration.



So today is time for the second part of the Fount Tour that we took apart with my friends, that I promised yesterday.


About a month ago I went to a Font Tour walk thingie, with my friends. Helsinki is now a design capital, and for that a map was created, so people in helsinki might go to tour around and look some fine typography, or just fun typography. There were so many different things, that I’ve not seen, and they were so awesome. Some of them were really old, and some had been redesigned. As we all were tuned up to concentrate on different kinds of font types, we found a lot of awful typography, but also very nice ones too. We were laughing that we should have done this map, hahaha 😀 maybe? …maybe next time. As being a visual arts student my self, I tend to look around all the time, but how wrong have I been?! Most of these typographic elements were on the ceilings of houses and up high. I realized that I have not been looking up as much as I maybe should – so many cool things up there; even just few feet above my head.

As I was taking the photographs, I quite quickly noticed, that I’m taking really symmetrical pictures, which in this case is not a bad thing, in my opinion. So many different colors, structures, materials, typefaces, words, ect. ect. But now I could create a coherent series of pictures, from this Font tour. I made just small adjustments and gave a hint on purple tint to these. But where I tried to be successful, was in cropping the images. It was difficult. I had my trust worthy 50mm lens hooked up in my camera, but still it made quite a lot of barrel-kind-of-effect into the pictures. I did not touch the barrel-effect at all, but I really tried to “get rid of it” with cropping the images with care. And I think, I did quite decent job – what do you think? I really enjoy looking for all different lines going through my photos. It feels like it crates the base, the skeleton for the image – even if there is only one this kind of line. Should it be horisontal, vertical, diagonal, some where in the thirds, or fours, do not matter. I will always bee looking for them!

I managed to have 24 good pictures, so for this time I Will post only 12 of them. I will post the rest tomorrow, so keep up with my blog to not miss any of thees typography photographs!

And huge thanks to Eeva, Laura and Matte! I had so much fun with you! See you guys soon!


Here are the new illustrations of the Saraste scout camp’s characters. These images are also printed inside the camper’s guide book. They are fun characters of morning (Kajo – green), mid-day (Humu – blue), evening (Hämy – orange) and night (Syvi – purple). If you have something to ask about these characters or the painting method, please feel free to drop a question or two. I have painted these digitally with a tablet and photoshop. These are a spread size images, that is why all illustrations has right side quite plane and empty. Hope you like them.

I will try to get some photos from the actual book itself soon, so you will see the final product, and upload the pdf to our web site. Meanwhile you should check our web site here: Saraste2012

Almost forgot this one. This was a shcool assignment, and we printed this with plotter-printing-machine. The size of the print is about 60x80cm. It is about voodoo (the texta also). The layout is fine, but I had so little time to do this, because I was lazy and our teacher couldn’t help me as much as he should have. That’s all. Please feel free to comment.

Hi! nou problemo, here is two fast-digi-paintings done. Feel free to comment.

Again, it’s been a while since the last post, but here is something for you. The agun has taken a new form, which I like very much. Characters are bold and simple, so the typography part itself is not disturbed with any “nonsense”. The haft is a haft, which has world’s map carved into it. I’m not sure how I’m going to finish it, I mean which parts are going to be positive/negative. Perhaps the lands and typo will be with the same color anyways, shall it be positive/negative outcome. Feel free to comment 🙂

There are few things to make better: kerning and size the letters to the same size.