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I am Nicola Ellen, a mixed media artist and book illustrator living in Sheffield. I create playful illustrations of the World around me and worlds that I would love to live in with paper, oil pastels and inks.


You can usually find me cutting up paper for collages or painting on canvasses or windows! When I'm out exploring, you can bet there'll be a sketchbook and pencil nearby! Adventuring and sketching the outdoor world is where most of my ideas come from!

Nicola Ellen Illustration at Win Hill drawing in sketchbook #walktosee 2022



I create quirky and surreal illustrations from oil pastel, pencil and collage. I recreate my favourite places and create new Worlds in quirky collage illustrations. Sometimes they are scenes that I'd love to jump right in to and explore!

I explore the movement, colour and shape of the landscape art in oil pastels and acrylic paints. These are available as standalone artworks.

I have an Etsy shop where I sell prints and original paintings and oil pastel drawings that can be framed for your walls.

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