Extras


Teaching


I'm teaching a couple of courses this fall for the Repin Institute, both held in Espoo:

VARJO, VALO, VALÖÖRIT   5.9.-12.12.19   (read more...)

KLASSISET MAALAUKSET  6.9.-13.12.19   (read more...)



Cool Resources


Here's a few resources that I’ve found useful by category. I'll be expanding this later, I'm hoping this could become a reference tool for you to always check when you have an issue that you want to get better at, buying a book on a subject and so on. I don't want to put a bunch of links here, have it as a flavor of the month type post. Instead I want to include only the ones I've throughly checked and have found useful for myself, the true diamonds.


On Visual Art

Here's a list of some of my favorite educational books on drawing and painting. I've got a bunch, and I'm picky, so to make this list is tough. When educating yourself, I believe in focusing on a few good sources and really studying them, so rather buy 1 book off this list and read it 10 times, than buy 100 books and read them…once even. Yes, I try to read every book I get. Some of these I've read numerous times, but I also know that all the answers lie here, if I just look close enough. Art really isn't rocket science, but it'll probably take you longer to master due to its infinite possibilities within its simple rule set.



On Writing

Author Level Up
I'm a fan of Michael La Ronn's friendly and clear approach, especially in his videos. There’s some good information here on self-publishing and writing in general.

Self-publishing Podcast
These guys are chock full of fun and information on writing and the self-publishing world. I'm also recommending their 'Write. Publish. Repeat.' -book that covers a lot of information, is fun to read and gets quite personal by using their own journey as an example…and that's always valuable.

Miscellaneous

tainalaane.com
Ok, so I have to give props to my wife Taina Laane. She's a phenomenal writer and an all-around guru of the mind. Her site is in Finnish, so if you're local, I urge you to check out her books and speaking gigs and prepare to get inspired by her (I do every day).

bhakticreative.com
She's the talented force behind the site you're experiencing right now.

Cryptica Background Story


The story of Cryptica was six years in the making. I got the impetus and vision for the concept when I experienced some classically painted portraits of monks by the likes of Rembrandt, Caravaggio and Rubens. I started to imagine who they were and what were they doing in such a dark place. Then a pencil sketch came from deep within my subconscious, which later turned into the cover.

Me, my brother and a neighbor have been used as some of the models for the portraits. In fact, you can find my mug in two of the brothers.

The portraits of Cryptica are done in the Tenebristic style. It uses dramatic lights and darks to bring an effect. It uses very pronounced Chiaroscuro, which is a term most know, but generally misused. The artist Caravaggio is generally credited with the invention of the style, although the technique was used much earlier by various artists.

You might wonder about the cover for Cryptica and what's with the giant shadow. If you read the story, you'll discover more, but to get another angle, you might also look at some old Mad-magazines. 'What now?' you're saying. There you might find Sergio Aragones's 'Shadow Knows'-strips and it can give you more of an idea what's going on. At least I think that idea might have influenced me here—it's curious how things from childhood can manifest themselves later on in life. I certainly did read a lot of comics as a kid, so keep doing the things you're interested in (I stopped for a long time and that was not wise).

Oh, and I do have a slight case of Arachnophobia.



Monk artwork from the gothic thriller Cryptica by Paul Laane

Cryptica Background Story


The story of Cryptica was six years in the making. I got the impetus and vision for the concept when I experienced some classically painted portraits of monks by the likes of Rembrandt, Caravaggio and Rubens. I started to imagine who they were and what were they doing in such a dark place. Then a pencil sketch came from deep within my subconscious, which later turned into the cover.

Me, my brother and a neighbor have been used as some of the models for the portraits. In fact, you can find my mug in two of the brothers.

The portraits of Cryptica are done in the Tenebristic style. It uses dramatic lights and darks to bring an effect. It uses very pronounced Chiaroscuro, which is a term most know, but generally misused. The artist Caravaggio is generally credited with the invention of the style, although the technique was used much earlier by various artists.

You might wonder about the cover for Cryptica and what's with the giant shadow. If you read the story, you'll discover more, but to get another angle, you might also look at some old Mad-magazines. 'What now?' you're saying. There you might find Sergio Aragones's 'Shadow Knows'-strips and it can give you more of an idea what's going on. At least I think that idea might have influenced me here—it's curious how things from childhood can manifest themselves later on in life. I certainly did read a lot of comics as a kid, so keep doing the things you're interested in (I stopped for a long time and that was not wise).

Oh, and I do have a slight case of Arachnophobia.


Tips & Tricks


Ok, I'm working on these, please be patient.




Free Stories


I'll be adding some free stories here from time to time so check in now and then. I'm working on these, please be patient.




Samples for Novels


You can find excerpts for my books here.

Cryptica book by Paul Laane
DOWNLOAD 1st CHAPTER of CRYPTICA

Fun Pics


Here are some interesting pictures and behind the scenes images that might interest you.