Cre­ative Space

We visit the Cris De­lara Stu­dio.

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For years, Cris De­lara had the idea of run­ning events from her home-based of­fice in Wel­land, On­tario, Canada, be­fore mak­ing it a re­al­ity. “We needed to be a busi­ness, not one based from home, to show off our art and job skills as an at­trac­tion,” she says, “and also to en­gage peo­ple in our events. Be­ing an art stu­dio and art school was the log­i­cal so­lu­tion – and we did it!”

The stu­dio teaches draw­ing and paint­ing classes in both tra­di­tional and dig­i­tal me­dia, and plans to hold sculp­ture ses­sions. Along­side th­ese classes, Cris runs events with the coowner and man­ager, Alex Stock­ler. To­gether they aim to pro­mote fan­dom cul­ture, striv­ing to cre­ate events that com­bine Cris’ love of pin-ups with comics, manga and anime, games, films, cos­play and, of course, art. “Our events are im­por­tant be­cause there are no events like the ones we’ve planned. There are comic con­ven­tions in the re­gion, but our goal is fo­cused on the artis­tic as­pect of fan art,” she says.

Cris’ school, which is the source of both classes and events, aims to nur­ture pas­sion­ate artists and cre­ate a group that’s in­ter­ested in fine art who will be con­stantly lean­ing, evolv­ing and im­prov­ing their artis­tic skills along­side her. In time, she hopes that this will be­come the ba­sis for a thriv­ing com­mu­nity of artists in her re­gion.

The school is still grow­ing, and Cris hopes to at­tract more lo­cal in­ter­est and reg­u­lar at­ten­dees. She plans to keep the events free to all, with the aim that word of mouth will high­light what classes are on of­fer at the school: “We hope to build up a good rep­u­ta­tion that will at­tract more stu­dents, more cus­tomers and busi­ness!” In­deed, her stu­dio has plans to put to­gether an art ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing stu­dents’ projects, as well as of­fer one-off life draw­ing classes and por­trait ses­sions.

Cris is the owner and artist at Cris De­lara Stu­dio, where she teaches her craft. She spe­cialises in pin-up art and cre­ated is­sue 123’s pin-up cover im­age. See more at her web­site, www.cris­de­laras­tu­dio.blogspot.co.uk.

The stu­dio (pic­tured above) has plans to hold proper life-draw­ing lessons, rather than have stu­dents draw from props or photo ref­er­ences.

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