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Born in April 1989 C C J Ellis grew up surrounded by the spectacular landscapes of North Wales, UK. Their work is often inspired by fantasy and mythology, drawing inspiration from ancient cultures and a variety of countries.


‘The Hobbit’ by J.R.R.Tolkien a favourite books as a child and they later fell in love with the artwork involved in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movies and the work of Japanese film director Hayao Miyazaki.


Ellis attended Glyndwr University in Wrexham and achieved a Masters in Design Communication: during which, they travelled to China after being awarded a grant by the Welsh Livery Guild; to investigate dragon legends in both countries. In 2017 they were lucky to receive another grant from the Welsh Government to return to China to gather even more information for a future art book on the subject of Dragons.


Ellis has exhibited at various conventions across the UK; including London, Manchester and Cardiff Comic Cons. In October 2016 Ellis opened their third solo exhibition in the Oriel Yuys Mon on Anglesey and has launched three successful Kickstarters, one of which explored the monsters and mythical beasts of her home country of Wales and sold over 1,000 first edition copies in its first year.


Over the years Ellis has worked on numerous publications for authors and album covers for musicians. They 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 Ellis has been featured in several online blogs and magazines, including Imagine FX Magazine, Y Lle’ on Welsh TV channel S4C, has taken part in a one to one Podcast with 'Pencil Kings' and has appeared on the BBC 'Wales Today' Show.


​In their spare time Ellis is an active member of her local HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) group, they also have a passion for herpetology keeping a number of exotic reptiles.


Favourite Movies
Lord of the Rings, Princess Mononokie, Spirited Away, Kung Fu Panda
Favourite TV Shows
The Last Airbender, Legend of Korra, Dragon Prince, Steven Universe
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
The Hu
Favourite Books
The Lord of the Rings
Tools of the Trade
Pen, Inks, Photoshop & Procreate
Other Interests
HEMA, Animal Rescue

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I don't really use DeviantArt that much these days, the best place to follow me is via my social media accounts and on Patreon. Social Media: Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ccjellisart/ Tiktok https://www.tiktok.com/@ccjellis?lang=en Twitter https://twitter.com/ccjellis Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CCJEllisArt Support My Art: Patreon https://www.patreon.com/CCJEllis Kofi https://ko-fi.com/ccjellis Amazon Wishlist https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/genericItemsPage/FL58EWP86LZN Online Stores: https://linktr.ee/ccjellis
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I'm very excited to announce that fantasy artist Todd Lockwood has written an appraisal quote for my art book 'Welsh Monsters & Mythical Beasts'. Todd Lockwood is an illustrator and author, whose work has appeared in the New York Times best-selling novels, magazines, video games, collectable card games, and fantasy role-playing games section. He has been featured multiple times in Spectrum magazine and the Communication Arts Illustration Annual. Todd's debut novel, "The Summer Dragon" was also shortlisted by B&N and Amazon as "Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels of the Year." However, he is perhaps best known for his work designing the look a
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WINNERS!

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CONTEST WINNERS! FIRST PRIZE – An original A5 ink drawing of your choice and a sketch of your interpretation of Bernard SECOND PRIZE – A signed A4 print and an original pencil sketch of your choice THIRD PRIZE – A signed A4 print RUNNERS UP - A 10% Etsy discount code for my online store Wow that was so hard! >.< spent last night looking at all of these and freaking out a bit coz they are just so awesome D: Luckily I had my family to help me choose, this caused some heated debates lol Thank you so much to everyone who took part, I will continue to feature your entries in my journal for the next few weeks, so hop
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Penblwydd Hapus! ;) 
Happy birthday!