I'm Mili Fay and I'm a recovering perfectionist. I love illustration and portraiture. I'm a huge fan of fantasy 🦄, and my greatest inspirations are Monet, Walt Disney Classics, Drew Struzan, Maria Pascual, Stephen Silver, Peter De Seve, and Claire Wendling.
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I trained as a classical animator at Sheridan College (2005), then decided to continue as a portrait painter (I sold my first portrait at 13) and a freelance illustrator/publisher when animation went digital. 😫
In 2011 I created Mili Fay Art, because I have this idea that I can save the world with art projects. 🤓 Now, I'm mainly writing and illustrating my own stories. I like to create a variety of art and I choose my style and tools based on the project. I love traditional work, but since getting a Cintiq Companion I'm beginning to enjoy digital painting. 😱 I love drawing characters. Do not expect to see architecture and machines... unless they are necessary to the character's story.
I'm currently working on an illustrated fantasy series Warriors of Virtue
, about: a reluctant princess, her cousin, and sister who join with elemental spirits to prevent a war with the dragon people; and a hermit dragon-prince who is forced to rejoin Ardanian society and reevaluate his convictions.
You can find out all about me, the special projects, and the awards I won at artofmili.ca
❤️ THANK YOU ❤️ for all the Favourites, Llamas, etc. Sadly, I'm too busy to respond to all your generous gifts individually. However, if you leave a comment or send me a question I will try to answer it ASAP. Sometimes, I'm not on DA for weeks, so if you need to reach me the best way is through Facebook (Mili Fay Art not my personal page) and Instagram (@mili.fay.art).My commission rate is US$30-50/h
(it depends on the ownership rights), portraits are US$50/h and are private for all my customers (the ones you see in my portfolio were painted as gifts). For an idea to what that works out to in terms of finished paintings, check out Mili Fay Art Etsy Shop
. Feel free to query me. You may be lucky to find me between projects.
UPDATED: May 24, 2018
NOTE: That fabulous picture that makes me look amazing was taken by Catia of CDC Photography in 2014 and is posted here with her permission.
Favourite Visual Artist
Monet, DaVinci, Loomis, Mucha, de Sève, Struzan, Moireau...
Classical Disney. I like so many live-action movies that it's hard to pick a favourite. I don't watch horror movies.
Favourite TV Shows
BBC's Pride and Prejudice, Downton Abbey, The Big Bang Theory, Being Erica, House, Bones, Gray's Anatomy, Castle, The Mentalist, Once Upon A Time, Emily MD...
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
If I had to pick one artist, I would say Sarah Brightman. I love music and I love listening to a great variety of music. In general, I'm not a great fan of recitation, or technically generated music.
Just read "The Scorpio Races" by Maggie Stiefvater--AMAZING! In Death Series by J. D. Robb, 39 Clues,... As with everything else my tastes here vary as well. However, I'm not a big fan of books that leave me depressed.
Agatha Christie, Jane Austen, Dickens, Judith McNaught, Nora Roberts, A. C. Doyle,...
Board Game: Monopoly; Digital: Asterix and Obelix (1996) and Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban
Favourite Gaming Platform
Tools of the Trade
Various Art Mediums and Cintiq Companion (mainly Photoshop)