Ni­c­hole Bal­s­ley

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“We en­counter art ev­ery day. It’s the cre­ation of some­thing new or beau­ti­ful that it keeps me pas­sion­ate about my work,” says Ni­c­hole. “As Al­bert Ein­stein said, cre­ativ­ity is in­tel­li­gence hav­ing fun.”

Her early in­spi­ra­tion came from writ­ing to Dis­ney with a sketch of Ariel when she was young and in re­turn re­ceiv­ing a book on how to draw its con­cept char­ac­ters.

“My other big in­spi­ra­tion is Leonardo da Vinci,” she says. “His cu­rios­ity in life and me­chan­ics helped him cre­ate some of the most won­der­ful en­gi­neer­ing mar­vels of his time and ours.”

1 Mid­night Dreary “I was in­spired to cre­ate a piece ded­i­cated to one of my favourite sto­ry­tellers and po­ets, Edgar Al­lan Poe. His work keeps you on the edge, is full of sus­pense and oth­er­worldly odd­ness. I in­cor­po­rated two of his most pop­u­lar po­ems: The Raven, and The Pit and the Pen­du­lum.”

2 Wak e up my Sweet­hearts

“I wanted to cre­ate a dragon in a way it may not have been done be­fore. The idea is that, when a cer­tain bell is rung by the vil­lage, the dragons will be born out of stat­ues that mark the cas­tle walls, and pro­tect the city.”

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Vrace “I de­cided to cre­ate my own League of Leg­ends char­ac­ter to prac­tise paint­ing armour. I used MMA fighter Wil­son Reis as a ba­sis and in­cor­po­rated a lit­tle Brazil­ian and Ja­panese de­sign. I wanted the colours of the cloth­ing to re­flect Ja­panese men’s ki­monos and some con­trast­ing Brazil­ian flare with the feath­ers.”

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