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Sophie E Tallis
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Artist // Professional // Traditional Art
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My Bio
I'm a professionally trained artist, freelance illustrator and also work as an illustrator for HarperCollins. I have a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art and was awarded an MA place at the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art in London, which I had to give up due to life restraints at the time but which I will take up one day! I also did a National Diploma in Art & Design in addition to my a BA (Hons) in Fine Art.

I have extraordinarily refined visual acuity skills and am a highly skilled drawer, with excellent draftsmanship abilities.

I'm an illustrator, painter, traditional artist and writer hailing from the west country.
I have a passion for nature, landscapes and SFF.

So far I have illustrated 11 books for various authors and publishing houses and have recently been taken on as a HarperCollins illustrator, with two hand drawn fantasy maps due to be published by them in June 2017 for grimdark debuts, 'The Court of Broken Knives' by Anna Smith-Spark & 'Godblind' by Anna Stephens.

Current Residence: Earth
Print preference: Sharp and in-focus!
Favourite genre of music: Rock, motown, opera and classical...basically anything except country or rap!
Favourite photographer: Bruce Chatwin, Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Long among many others!
Favourite style of art: Traditional paintings/drawings, but like good post-modern conceptualism too and sci-fi/fantasy art!
Operating System: Human
Shell of choice: Silk or velvet
Wallpaper of choice: Nature
Skin of choice: Epidermis
Favourite cartoon character: Daffy Duck
Personal Quote: doesn't get any easier!

Favourite Visual Artist
Caravaggio, Artemesia Gentilleschi, Bacon, Nolde, Da Vinci, Kapoor, Spencer, Rothko, Gormley...
Favourite Movies
Star Wars, LOTR & anything by Bertolucci, Coppola, Scorcese, Nolan, De Palma, Hitchcock etc!!
Favourite TV Shows
Starsky & Hutch, Buffy, Smallville, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica (awesome new series, old was okay but nothing like as good), Sanctuary.
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Radiohead, Muse, Snow Patrol, Bowie, Dylan, early Coldplay, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Puccini...
Favourite Books
Brave New World, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, LOTR, Hobbit, Heart of Darkness, Ciderhouse Rules, Catcher in the Rye, Riftwar Saga, Mort, Prince of Thorns, Vortex and many many more!
Favourite Writers
Blake, Auden, Keats, J.G. Ballard, Salinger, Conrad, Tolkien, John Irving, Lovecraft, Dickens etc
Favourite Games
Favourite Gaming Platform
Tools of the Trade
My imagination and a pen, pencil, paintbrush, or SLR camera lens!
Other Interests
Writing, painting/drawing, photography, reading, archaeology, history, films, fantasy, sci-fi, astronomy
Well, after a LONG break, I am! Deviantart continues to astound and inspire me in equal measure...there are quite a few SERIOUSLY talented folks on here! Anyway, unfortunately, I just haven't had much time for adding new artwork, something I hope to resolve come the summer. But on the news front, things have been fecking AMAZING!!!!! My debut novel, White Mountain - Book 1 of The Darkling Chronicles, is being published!!!!!!! Yay!!!!! Woo and Hoo!!!!!! White Mountain comes out in paperback 30th September this year and will be available in Waterstones and all good bookshops worldwide!!! SOOOOOOO excited! My publishers hav
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Some new stuff.

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Just added some non-book related artwork, a mixture of sketches, drawings, paintings and an etching some of it very recent, others a bit older. Most of my paintings are just too big to put on here, unless I use a wide angle lens to take a photo then upload it! MUST try to finish my illustrations though, but busy writing sequel to White Mountain - Volume One Of The Darkling Chronicles at the mo. A bit nervous about adding watercolour to them but I think they need it...a little colour is always a good thing, eh? Enjoy! For those who love fantasy stories full of adventure, history, dark magic, intrigue, murder, humour, and of course, dragons,
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Even though I have always had a passion for art, particularly drawing, painting and sculpture and finished a BA (hons) degree in Fine Art a few years ago - I have very eclectic tastes and adore traditional as well as modern, conceptual and digital art. I LOVE fantasy and sci-fi and anything imaginative! Dragons and landscapes are a favourite of mine! At the moment, the majority of all my drawings and artwork are illustrations for my novel, a contemporary fantasy epic, White Mountain - Volume One Of The Darkling Chronicles, which I have been working on for over ten years and have finally finished!!! Yeah!!! For those who love fantasy storie
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Thanks for the watch!!!! :hug::tighthug::glomp:=D
My pleasure honey!!!!!
I don't know if we have any common interests, but thanks for the watch anyway.
Hi Jabrosky,

Thanks again for choosing some of my art as your faves. I too have a love of history, particularly ancient cultures and mythology. Archeology and paleotology are also interests.

Cheers again
Hi Tollam, SRWENT (Dream Catcher) thought I would check out your work and here, this is my son. Boywent, he has some on this site too.
Cool! I'll check it out too...must go to bed now though...cheers honey, sweetdreams xx