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© Nikury | Nina Grönlund
Do you take commissions?
As I work full time on my own brand commissions are currently closed. Commercial collaborations are open from time to time & you can contact me via nikury(at)outlook.com.
Can I have your artwork tattooed?
Absolutely! Just be sure that both you and the tattoo artist give credit (for example when sharing the tattoo in social media credit and tag me). I don’t charge for use, but you can support my work by purchasing something from one of my shops, it really helps a lot ♡ Note for tattoo artists: please don’t use my art as your personal flash that you’re offering to your clients.
Can I use your art as my profile picture?
Sure, if it's only for a personal social media (and not a business). Just don't use my own avatar or my logos as those are reserved for my personal use. And remember to credit me (for example in your bio).
Can I share your art in my social media?
Sure, if you keep in mind a few things: properly credit me as the original artist (for example in the description), don't edit the picture and don't use the picture for commercial purposes (for example as your business logo/avatar/banner, sell products made from the illustration or use it to promote a business) - all my illustrations are copyrighted & using them for business purposes is illegal.
Where can I buy your art/products?
My two main shops are Etsy & Redbubble. I highly recommend you shop from these two as these are the most up to date shops & they also give me the best profits, which helps me to make it as an artist :)
I also have these print on demand shops: Design by Humans + Society6 + Threadless + Displate and these authorized retailers: Punny Dukes + possibly soon Hot Topic.
If you find my designs anywhere else, please let me know as they're illegal copies.
What software you use for your art?
I use Wacom Intuos Pro drawing tablet with Photoshop and iPad Pro with Apple Pencil. I mainly use the standard brushes that come with Photoshop. I’m also using a PS app called Lazy Nezumi Pro to make drawing smooth lines easier.
With iPad I’m using Procreate with both standard brushes as well as various brush packs from fellow creators. I’m also using Adobe Fresco when I want to create vector art (for example I’m often using this to create patterns).
Which watercolors are you using?
I’m currently using mainly Schmincke Horadam, Daniel Smith Extra Fine, Prima Marketing and Holbein Artists watercolors, Schmincke being my favorite as they’re very vibrant and high quality paints that usually don’t granulate. I prefer to use watercolor tubes and arrange the colors to my Meeden watercolor palette. I also like to use Finetec Coliro Pearlcolors for shimmery details.
Which guache paints are you using?
I use Winsor & Newton Designers, Holbein Artists, Daler Rowney Designers and Royal Talens Art Creation gouaches, Holbein Acryla acrylic gouache and Shinhan Pass watercolor/gouache hybrid.
Which inks are you using?
I like to use acrylic inks as they have superior water resistance. My favorite acrylic inks are Liquitex Professional ink, Daler Rowney FW ink and Royal Talens Amsterdam ink.
What are your favorite pens?
I like to use colored pencils for sketching, Prismacolor Col-Erase and Pilot Color Eno being my favorites as they’re erasable. For linework, if I’m not using ink, I like to use Faber Castell PITT Artists Pens and Pilot Pocket Brush Pen (soft). Sometimes I also use Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, but I prefer the Pilot pen as in my opinion it’s easier to control. For white details I use most of the time white Uni Posca marker (PC-1MR 0.7mm) as they are beautifully opaque and fluid. I also like to experiment with colored PC-1M Posca pens + Polychromos & Holbein Artists colored pencils sometimes.
What are your favorite brushes?
I like to use synthetic brushes, my favorites being Jackson’s Artica White Toray, Winsor & Newton Cotman and Leonhardy 374 Super Star brushes.
What paper & sketchbooks you like to use?
I almost always use 300 g/m2 100% cotton paper (both hot and cold pressed) for my final traditional paintings. My favorite papers are Arches and Fabriano Artistico. My favorite sketchbooks are Mossery sketchbooks & Crescent RENDЯ No Show Thru softcover sketchbooks.
© Nikury | Nina Grönlund
Nina Grönlund is a Finnish illustrator and designer living in the Netherlands. Nina graduated from Kajaani University of Applied Sciences with a bachelor’s degree in business (B.B.A) specializing in game graphics. She now focuses on freelance work and is the owner of the brand “Nikury“. She works with many different mediums, mainly focusing on digital illustrations and traditional paintings using ink, gouache and watercolors. She draws inspiration for her art from nature, animals and witchy subjects. In her free time she enjoys hanging with her animal children and playing video games.
© Nikury | Nina Grönlund