About Hei Laura


Hei Laura is a collection of essays on art & cultural topics as well as practical applications of the subject matter.

I have primarily worked in traditional media such as pencil and ink. At the moment my interest in concept art is leading me into the realm of digital drawing and painting, which I’m having tons of fun with. My art projects you can follow on IG @heylaurae, if you’re interested in checking up on my progress ๐Ÿ™‚

As an avid appreciator of concept art, my current focus is heavily affected by an attempt to tell a story through a single image. It is challenging, exciting and a chance to combine two of the things I love: drawing and writing. To tell a compelling story, that is the goal.

Aesthetic education, art history, literature and drawing are a few of the subjects I have studied. Whether it’s within a university, or reading books on my own, watching tutorials on YouTube and browsing ArtStation (busy hub for our contemporary masters of art by the way), there is a plethora of knowledge out there that I’m attempting to learn from, good old nature included.

What I’ve come to understand is that storytelling through images and written form is a practice I keep coming back to throughout the years. Right now I am applying more focus and structure to learning the ways of visual storytelling (as well as written), and it’s thrilling to see progress through consistency.

Having a full-time job in a non-related field definitely sets its challenges with time management, but then again, this is a journey for life that I am committed to. Fulfilling creative aspirations has added meaning and equilibrium throughout my entire life, and over the recent years I have started taking it a bit more seriously.

If you have any questions, comments or observations, please feel free to contact me at lnikkinen@gmail.com.

A bit of info for those interested:

Married + furry companion (Parson Russell Terrier named Piper)

A Bachelor’s in Aesthetic Education, 2007, from the university of Jyvรคskylรค in Finland.

A Master’s in Aesthetic Education is a WIP short of a thesis for JYU.

An eternal speck of sunshine with a spotty mind.

If you are interested in scratching a bit more beyond the surface, I have linked my IG and Twitter accounts.

7 thoughts on “About Hei Laura

    1. That’s great ๐Ÿ™‚ hope you enjoy it here and we have a good bit of snow, remember to pack a lot of warm clothing though ๐Ÿ™‚


      1. It’s absolutely in my plans ๐Ÿ˜€ I have a Brazilian friend living in Helsinki and she assured me that I’ll have the type of Christmas we see in the movies! I’m looking forward to manage to do that ๐Ÿ˜€ congrats for your lovely blog!


      2. You can always subscribe for more loveliness to come ๐Ÿ˜‰ Helsinki is a pretty little city and very atmospheric, there will be some good photo opportunities!


  1. Thanks for following my blog! I like yours as well. I’ve only been to Finland once, but still vividly (and fondly) remember my visit to Turku Castle.


    1. If you’re gonna visit someday again, i would try to aim for summer ๐Ÿ™‚ been to Turku castle once for myself too in junior high with my school, it was a real treat.


  2. Hi Laura!

    It’s Lou from Seattle. I’m happy to see that things really worked out well for you! Finished a novel! That’s a significant achievement. I’ve been readying your blog. It’s really interesting and colorful – in a graphite sort of way!

    I hope all is well!



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