Elliot Davey, from Droylsden, is a digital artist and honed his talents through lockdown. He will now showcase his work in Hyde Market Hall on Saturday, October 7.
“It’s absolutely surreal to be sitting here talking with you about myself. Probably a year back, I wouldn’t even think about it. It’s like a dream,” said Elliot, 18. “The central theme of the exhibition is sci-fi. I’ve created a few pieces in line for that. So, we’ve got Doctor Who, Star Wars and a range of my art pieces. “There’ll also be various creative artworks, a modelling experience, clay sculptures, and fun activities - make-up, face painting and what-not for the kids. There will be superhero dress-ups. I’ll be in one of the costumes myself. I’ll be Spiderman,” he said. Elliot started dabbling in paints at a very young age, but his creative talent flourished by drawing and colouring some fantastic pictures on his drawing tablet during lockdown. Subjects have included classic horror imagery like Frankenstein to the futuristic alien Predator.
He said: “I started quite early, at six or seven years old. My major inspiration would be my Auntie Sarah. She has always been into anime and drawing, and I remember she used to have a wall full of amazing artwork. Then it all began with me picking up a pencil and sketching away. “A lot of my inspiration comes from watching videos online, taking feedback from other artists and then thinking ‘Oh, how can I implement that into my own and use it uniquely?’ “I’m still experimenting with different styles and have yet to develop a unique style. Although, I’ve been quoted before to have a blocky sort of style.” Having developed his artistic skills at Droylsden Academy and Ashton Sixth Form College, Elliot relishes the opportunity to display his work at Hyde Market Hall, which will be part of a unique sci-fi-themed event with Hyde Fundraisers. He will be showcasing two Star Wars-themed pieces at the event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who this year.
*Elliot is on TikTok, Instagram (FearZ.art), (@elliotjdavey) and YouTube, where he has several videos showing some of the artwork being created.