Durmstrang, osa 1


”In December I participated a Harry Potter themed larp that took place in Durmstrang wizarding school in Poland (actually somewhere near Nokia). It was the first game of three. My character was Reginka Cieslak, a seventh year student and a hussar novice. The game leaders wanted to meet all the players before the game.” //
”Does my character have a patronus? Or does any of the students know how to cast the patronus charm?” ”No.” //
”The patronus charm is not taught in Durmstrang as there’s no point in that. There’s nothing in Poland that a patronus would protect you against.” //
”It would be almost like teaching in Finland how to protect yourself from tigers. As there are no tigers here, except maybe in the zoo.” //
”…” //
”This is probably the part where I tell you where I work.”

”What do we have here?” ”Don’t – ” //
”Tut tut, bad students! I am the curator’s cursed mug. As a punishment for you sniffing around you must yell ”Look at me! I am an undisciplined worm!” every time you go through a doorway for the next hour.” //
”Oh sh*t.” //
”Hey Blazej my bro! Come see what we just found!” ”Alicja…” //
”Look at me! I am an undisciplined worm!” ”Look at me! I am an undisciplined worm!” ”Look at me! I am an undisciplined worm!” ”Look at me! I am an undisciplined worm!” ”Look at me! I am an undisciplined worm!” (Mr Headmaster) ”What the hell is it this time?”

Harry Potter created by J.K. Rowling
Many thanks to game leaders and all the players!


”I’m organizing a winter trip for Nature League to Hossa national park.” ”Hooray!” //
”Dear passengers, the train is late.” //
”Dear passengers, the conductor is also late.” //
”Dear passengers, there is something wrong with the engine so we cannot go very fast.” //
”Dear passengers, the railway is being repaired. Hence we have to crawl.” //
”How are we supposed to fit all our stuff in that mini bus?” ”And all these other people?” //
”Wooops!” //
Well, getting here was quite a farce but we got here nevertheless.”

”Pfft, I’ve got way too much stuff in my anorak pocket.” ”What do you have there?” //
”Well… my Swiss army knife.” //
”Map of the national park.” //
”Half a bag of walnuts. And some dried cranberries.” //
”A spoon. And a water bottle.” //
”Alarm clock.” //
”Headlamp.” //
”Our hut’s address and coordinates in case we’d need to call an ambulance.” //
”What are you gonna call that ambulance with?” ”My cell phone. That is somewhere… in my backpack… I guess…”

Nature hippies in the nature, part 1:
”Hey… there’s a vole in the outdoor toilet’s hole.” //
”Well look at that…” //
”Now there are six of them. Move aside, now.” //
Nature hippies in the nature, part 2:
”There’s a caddisfly larva in our drinking water bucket.” //

”This weather is absolutely horrible.” ”Yep.” //
”We can have our lunch break there.” ”There are people down there.” //
”Hi, we’re French tourists on a day trip.” ”Hi…” //
”You sure look soaked! Why don’t you warm up by our camp fire.” ”Here, have some chocolate.” ”And cake.” ”And an orange.” //
”You’re the best!”

”Hello there.”


”This is the 500th article in the Gaiverruksia blog! Half a thousand is an important milestone. Hence there will be statistics!” //
”I started this blog on October 3rd 2015. Gaiverruksia has therefore existed for 1602 days. I have updated on average every 3.2 days or 2.2 times a week.” //
”There are 310 comics by the name Gaiverruksia. That makes quite a few pages and panels.” //
”Of things other than comics most ”space” goes to my ”Month of” challenges. These four challenges have produced altogether 110 articles in this blog.” //
”The (nearly) most used category in the blog is still the ”original” Scotland Edition with 95 articles.” //
”The other largest categories are Free time with 96 articles, Nerding with 79 articles and Art and ”art” with 65 articles. Go nerds.” //
”My drawing style has also changed somewhat along the way. I wonder what update number 1000 will look like?”



Wiivu vei minut tekemään savitöitä. Askartelin tällaiset kaksi mukia. Peurakuvan on Wiivu ystävällisesti lasittanut puolestani, kun en päässyt paikalle. Peuramukissa oli alun perin myös korva, mutta se särkyi ennen polttoa.
Wiivu took me to try ceramics. I made these two mugs. Wiivu kindly colored the deer for me when I couldn’t be there one time. The deer mug also had a handle but it was broken.



Piirsin Lumihevoselle kalenteriin kansikuvan. Teoksen toinen nimi on ”Voit korjata 93% piirustusvirheistäsi dramaattisella varjostuksella”.
I drew a calendar cover picture for Snowhorse. The other name for this one is ”You can fix 93% of your drawing mistakes with dramatic shading”.



”Every time I go somewhere with my mom this happens… (Or at least really often.)” //
”You two really look alike! A mother and a daughter, right?” //
”Is it the twins?” //
”And she’s your daughter? Well, that I could see right away!” //
”So a mother and a daughter? I could have guessed!” //
”…I guess we do look alike, then. Not that we could see it…” ”Yeah, both of us being face blind doesn’t really help.” //
”But I don’t even draw us to look alike!” //
”ALL the characters in your comics look pretty much the same.” ”Oh yeah right.”

Paras työpäivä


”Hi Kati, can you come and teach arts for 8-graders for two hours?” ”Yes!” //
”Your teacher told me that today you should do some croquis drawing.” //
”That means that one at a time is the model and others draw a quick sketch of them. We’ll be using water colors.” //
”I can be the first model. You have five minutes to draw me. After that we’ll switch, and I’ll start drawing as well.” //
”An hour and a half of croquis drawing with actually nice teenagers! I’m almost embarrassed that I’m getting payed for this!”

Koska croquis-piiroksissa kasvospiirteet ovat kovasti toissijainen asia, piirroksistani lienee mahdotonta tunnistaa malleina olleita oppilaita, joten uskallan julkaista tuon kuvistunnin työni.
Because faces are really not that important in croquis drawings I think it’s impossible to recognize the students in these drawings, hence I guess I can publish them here.


(This doesn’t translate because it’s about Christmas carols and how they have been forever ruined for me because of puns and stuff. The last one is Sirius Black singing ”God bless thee merry hippogriffs”.)

Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling