Society6 print shop
Print-on-demand company called Society6 manufactures various products with my art, and sells them at the Society6 store. Currently available items are:
Note on stickers: Society6 offers two sticker options, transparent and white. Most of my sticker designs are designed to look best with the white background so I personally recommend selecting that option.
Society6 is based in the US, but they have vendors around the world and shipping is available to most countries worldwide (some exceptions may apply). Click here to find out where Society6 orders are shipped from.
Society6 does not sell my books or original works. Society6 only offers their own line of products that artists can choose from. My Society6 products may occasionally change, as I sometimes curate the collection and may remove old or seasonal pieces from the store. Unfortunately I cannot fulfill custom requests on new items at the moment.
Please note that I am not in charge of the Society6 website, technical details on the products, manufacturing, sales, discounts, orders, shipping or returns. If you have questions on these subjects, please contact the Society6 customer support.
Art & Books shop
In addition to Society6, I also have another shop Art & Books (shop.ullathynell.com), which is based in Finland and managed by myself personally. My Art & Books shop is usually only open for short pop-up sales about once or twice a year, whenever I have enough time.
The next Art & Books pop-up sale starts on Friday 7 October 2022 at 14:00 UTC, and ends on Sunday 16 October 2022. I’m selling original drawings, self-published art books and various postcards and card sets. Shipping will be available to EU and USA.
Items sold at the Art & Books shop:
• Original signed artworks
• Printed postcards and assorted card sets
• My self-published books (unless sold out)
My original works, self-published books and postcard sets are not available in other shops at the moment, apart from random chances like somebody selling a second hand item online.
I recommend following @ullathynell on social media (like facebook or instagram) for future shop news. Unfortunately there is no mailing list at the moment.
About my books
You can find my artwork in a lot of different books, of which some are my self-published artbooks, while others were illustration commissions for other publishers and authors.
Here is a list of all the books that I’ve illustrated.
My own self-published books: i.e. Woodlands, A Month of Ink, Tiny Black Fox and Dusk Magic. They are all currently sold out! It is possible that some of these books will get restocked in the future, if/when my Art & Books shop opens again. Softcover books A Month of Ink and Tiny Black Fox are more likely to be reprinted. Woodlands and Dusk Magic probably won’t be reprinted anytime soon, although it is possible that a small number of backup copies will be released from reservation at some point.
Books by other publishers: In addition to publishing my own books, I have also illustrated other people’s books as commission work, including the Nordic Tales (by Chronicle Books), and some Finnish children’s books by various publishers. I’ve also made cover art for many other books. Books with my illustrations are typically available in various bookstores; online purchasing options can be usually found by entering the book’s title and my name in a search engine. I recommend contacting the publisher or searching bookstores if you have questions on a certain book’s availability. I am not personally in charge of the sales or availability of any books that are not written or published by me, so unfortunately I can’t help with inquiries concerning those books.
Buying original art
I sometimes sell my traditionally made paintings and drawings. Original artworks are sold at my Art & Books shop. I will update this page when I know the schedule for the next original art sale.
Image use and permissions
Please do not publish, repost or copy my images (or any parts of them) without my permission. All my artworks, illustrations, designs, photography and product photos are protected by copyright and may not be used for any purpose without my permission. Publishing rights or other permissions are usually only given to commission clients who have paid a licensing fee to use the image.
• You are still welcome to share my social media posts by using the built-in share button or similar default function on the social media. However, please do not repost any of my images by downloading/copying/screenshotting them.
• If you buy a physical item (like a wall tapestry, print, etc), it’s usually OK to share your own photo of the purchase on your social media.
• Books are protected by copyright too, so you should always ask the publisher’s permission before sharing any of their book’s interior contents online.
If you have questions, please email me at email@example.com.
I am not currently available for new commissions, collaborations or other projects, sorry! I will update this page if the situation changes.
Art tools and techniques
There’s no quick or easy answer to the question “which art medium do you use”: It depends on the piece. I work with many different techniques and styles, including (but not limited to) these:
– Ink paintings
– Watercolour paintings
– Ink drawings
– Colour pencil drawings
– Mixed media paintings
– Mixed media drawings
– Sketchbook work
– Mixed painting and drawing tools
– Mixed media combining traditional and digital tools
I like to modify my style, techniques and tools based on what is available or which style suits best with whatever idea or project I’m working on. Some of the techniques that are great for personal and more “intuitive” artwork, may not be suitable for commissions that require lots of pre-planning. I’m also often curious to try doing things a little differently than before to see where it leads me. Experiments and variation keeps things alive and interesting!
These are some of the tools I’ve used recently:
Drawings: Micron pigment ink pens, and/or Caran d’Ache Luminance 6901 colour pencils, and sometimes also Copic markers and Sakura Gelly Roll pens.
Watercolours: I mostly use various Schmincke watercolour pans. I also like to use masking fluid to create negative space or highlights. I prefer about 300 gsm heavyweight, textured watercolour paper.
Ink paintings: For the backgrounds I use either Copic Various Inks (alcohol ink refills) with smooth drawing papers, or Zeichentusche ink bottles from Rohrer & Klingner with textured watercolour papers. R&K inks are also great for detailed painting with a paintbrush, similar to watercolours (alcohol ink is more expensive to use and difficult to control). I also often use mixed media with my ink paintings, drawing some details with colour pencils (Caran d’Ache Luminance 6901) or using other drawing tools like ink liners or Sakura Gelly Roll pens.
I’ve also written a long blog article about painting with alcohol inks and drawing with coloured pencils (including process video clips). You can read it here.
Papers and sketchbooks: I use a lot of different paper types, depending on the medium and size of the piece. For drawings I’ve recently use natural white Hahnemühle Nostalgie 190gsm paper and Royal Talens Art Creation sketchbook (the small, square book with rounded corners), and sometimes a bit more textured sketching papers with coloured pencils. For watercolour and ink paintings I prefer natural white 100% cotton 300gsm rough textured watercolour paper, from brands like Sennelier or Fabriano, and sometimes I also use Hahnemühle Bamboo 265gsm paper, which is a more fragile paper type (don’t use with masking fluid). For my experimental paintings with Copic alcohol inks I use smooth drawing papers, around 200gsm, but beware that the alcohol ink will bleed through, stain everything and the process is super messy and impractical (which is why I don’t usually recommend this techique for anyone). :)
Digital and mixed media: While most of my work is entirely handmade, I also do a lot of traditional+digital mixed media artwork. I use Adobe Photoshop to edit illustrations and sometimes I draw with a Wacom tablet. Most often when I use digital media, I combine it with traditional techniques. For example, I might colour one of my ink drawings digitally, or combine traditionally painted backgrounds and textures to traditionally drawn subjects. The amout and method of digital editing varies a lot. From minor colour retouch to constructing the entire illustration in Photoshop.
I use Canon EOS 6D digital camera and two Sigma Art f/1.4 A DG HSM lenses: 24 mm and 50 mm. I especially love taking phots with wide aperture during the long hours of the northern dusk, just before and after sunset. I photograph with RAW image mode and usually edit my photos in Photoshop / Camera Raw. I’ve written some articles about photography in my blog, you can find them here.