About the Artist
Hello traveller! My name is Ellis (Collette Cerridwen June Ellis) and I'm originally from Bangor in North Wales.
My work is inspired by fantasy and mythology, drawing inspiration from ancient cultures and a variety of countries. I work mainly with pen, ink and watercolour and occasionally use Photoshop and ProCreate.
‘The Hobbit’ by J.R.R.Tolkien was my favourite books as a child and I later fell in love with the artwork involved in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movies and the work of Japanese film director Hayao Miyazaki.
I attended Glyndwr University in Wrexham and achieved a Masters in Design Communication: during which, I travelled to China after being awarded a grant by the Welsh Livery Guild; to investigate dragon legends in both countries. In 2017 I was lucky to receive another grant from the Welsh Government to return to China to gather even more information for future art projects.
I have exhibited at various conventions across the UK; including London, Manchester and Cardiff Comic Cons. In October 2016 I opened my third solo exhibition in the Oriel Yuys Mon on Anglesey and have launched three successful Kickstarters, one of which explored the monsters and mythical beasts of my home country of Wales.
Over the years I have worked on numerous publications for authors and album covers for musicians. I have also worked for ‘The Knight Shop’ suppliers of Disney and Game of Thrones and for the British Heritage Societies, producing decorative parts for swords and armour.
In the past I have been featured in several online blogs and magazines, including Imagine FX Magazine, Y Lle’ on Welsh TV channel S4C, have taken part in a one to one Podcast with 'Pencil Kings' and has appeared on the BBC 'Wales Today' Show.
In my spare time I'm an active member of my local HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) group, I also have a passion for herpetology and animal rescue.