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Hello there! I am Nicola Ellen,

After a few false starts over the years, I fell into drawing buildings almost by accident after picking up a book on awesome buildings in Sheffield that I then wanted to find, learn all about and draw. Since then drawing buildings has become a bit of an obsession… okay, a lot of an obsession. Combined with a love of travelling, you just can’t stop me!

I illustrate beautiful buildings around Sheffield and further afield and sell them as prints. I also take commissions for building portraits too so a personalised artwork of your favourite building can be displayed on your wall.

I have been drawing since I can remember so illustrating was always the natural route for me. Although there was a phase where I wanted to be a Volcanologist, but that passed quickly as apparently it’s a dangerous job!


I am lucky enough to live in Sheffield, and draw great inspiration from the fantastic historic buildings around the city as well as the beautiful sights of the Peak District and the Moss Valley right on my doorstep. With the best of both worlds it’s so easy to soak up inspiration. I love working with traditional media; pen, ink pencil and paper. I’m never without a sketchbook and pencil!


My little business started to grow, along with a new branding and an Etsy shop and then in 2017, our little family grew too as we welcomed our daughter Lydia into the World. 


Which leads me on to what keeps me going… as well as a passion for drawing, the meditative state that it gives me and the joy my work brings to my customers; my daughter is the big reason I keep going. She has completely changed my life. I mean who knew a small person could create such a spark inside of you?! I want to show her that it is totally possible to follow your passion and make a life from doing what you love!

I am open to commissions, collaborations and any other exciting ideas, so why not email me at and say hi!