Frequently Asked Questions

Do you sell original art or prints?

Yes I do! I sell originals and some signed prints in my own Art & Books shop. A larger selection of prints (unsigned) in different formats are available on Society6.

Where can I buy your books?

My self published books – my art book Woodlands and colouring book Dusk Magic – are available in my Art & Books shop. Other books that I’ve illustrated are available in various bookstores, depending on the publisher (online purchasing options can usually be found by entering the book’s title and my name in your preferred search engine). Please contact the publisher if you have more questions on availability.

Have you illustrated any storybooks?

Yes, I’ve illustrated some children’s books, fantasy books and folktales. You can take a look at some of my previous book projects in my portfolio over here. Find a full list of my publications here.

Do you accept commissions?

I am quite busy with my own art and running my business at the moment, and I’m not actively looking for projects – however I do still accept commissions every now and then. I specialize in book illustration with themes such as fantasy, fairytales, mythology and nature.

For more information about my availability and rates, please email me at info@ullathynell.com. Describe the project in detail: subject matter, complexity, size and total number of illustrations, as well as the schedule or other requirements. Remember to include the purpose and extent of the copyrights you are interested in purchasing.

Please note that I usually prefer agreeing on book illustration projects with the publisher, once the publishing contract has been made. I’m also comfortable working with a self-publishing author, as long as you have a finished manuscript and a solid publishing plan, as well as a realistic budget for professionally made illustrations.

Can I use your art?

Please do not use copy or publish any of my work without my permission. All my artworks, illustrations and photos are protected with copyright. This applies even when the purpose is non-profit / non-commercial. However some of my work is available for paid licensing – if you you would like to inquire about availability and fees, please contact me at info@ullathynell.com.

Could you make an art tutorial?

I’ve published a couple watercolour tutorials for magazines: “Illustrating in watercolor with Ulla Thynell” , for Graphite magazine 6/2018 (in English) and “Luonnoksesta kuvaksi”, Kuvittaja magazine, issue 2/2019 (in Finnish).  I might make an online tutorial at some point in the future when I have more time, but meanwhile you can find some videos of my drawing and painting process on my YouTube channel.

Which art media do you use?

I work with various techniques – here’re some tools I often use:

Drawings: Micron pigment ink pens, and/or Caran d’Ache Luminance 6901 colour pencils, and sometimes also markers and gel pens .

Sketchbook: The small, square book that I often use, with white covers and rounded corners is Royal Talens Art Creation Sketchbook.

Ink paintings: Copic Various Inks (alcohol ink refills) to paint, details added with colour pencils, like Caran d’Ache Luminance 6901 or other drawing tools. For my ink paintings in the Inktober challenge during October 2019 I’ve used Zeichentusche ink bottles from Rohrer & Klingner, either alone or mixed with ink liners and/or 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.

Digital and mixed media: I use Adobe Photoshop and Wacom tablet. I sometimes draw illustrations digitally, but most often when I use digital media, I combine it with scanned traditional elements such as ink drawings or watercolour paintings or textures.

Photography: I have Canon EOS 6D camera and Sigma Art lens, 50mm f/1.4 A DG HSM. I get often asked why my photos tend to be on the dark side. It’s because I love to photograph during the evening dusk, just before or after sunset, using wide aperture.
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