My name is Michelle, and I'm a Norwegian, 20 year old girl with a passion for art, nature and science. I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. Armed with a trusty pencil and a piece of paper, I have always enjoyed having the possibility to create different worlds and characters.
I am aiming my work towards the field of concept art, so that I one day can work alongside fellow artists and create characters and places for movies, games, or maybe even comics. I'm aiming for the stars, and I belive that anything is possible with hard work and passion.
This gallery contains mostly my old artwork, and much of it makes me blush and look away whenever I see it now. But I'd like to keep it here, just so that people can see where I started out, all the way back to the days when I was 13 years old.
The earier pictures are mostly pencil drawings. I started using the GIMP quite a few years ago, and it taught me how to paint digitally. Today, I'm almost solely using Photoshop CS5, and I love it. I hope to get more traditional art done, though.
I hope you have fun looking through my gallery, and that you will share your thoughts with me. If you feel like looking at some other pictures, I will recommend that you pay a visit to my friend's wonderful gallery: G.M. Østensen
I have recently got a deviantART gallery as well, where I'll probably add artwork that doesn't really fit here at Elfwood :)
May 11, 2011
Have a look at "Princess escape", and enjoy this alternate versjon of typical fairytales ;)
February 28, 2011
Are you a fan of A Song of Ice and Fire? Then have a look at "ASoIaF - Jon Snow" :)
February 13, 2011
My most time consuming picture so far can now be found in my gallery! Have a look at "Charge of the Knights" :)
January 8, 2011
I've uploaded my first picture from 2011: "Quest for the Dragon Treasure". A good ol' traditional drawing :)
Horses, animals, drawing and creating stuff, astronomy, reading, dinosaurs, playing the piano, comics (particularly Marvel), watching good movies, and of course, fantasy.
Favorite Fantasy/Scifi Movies and TV Shows
Movies: LOTR, Harry Potter, PotC, X-men, Wolverine Origins, Avatar (by James Cameron).
TV Shows: Star Trek, Stargate, X-men: Evolution.
Favorite Fantasy/Scifi Books
LOTR, the Wheel of Time, A Song of Ice and Fire, Harry Potter, Animorphs and a bunch of others, mostly fantasy. I love reading!
Instrumental, rock and classical. My favourite band is Guns N' Roses. I like Enya's music too. And I absolutely love movie-music, like LOTR. But I listen to pretty much everything, as long as it isn't rap or one of those horrible, modern, mass-produced pop-songs that eats up your brain.
Friends at Elfwood
Friends at Elfwood: Kerri Jurgens
(Admirer) , Colton Hamshire
(Friend) , G. M. ěstensen
(Conjurer) , MT Starkey
(Friend) , Slouka Vo
(Fan) , Titus young
(Apprentice) , Leonardo Cunha
(Fan) , Lindsay Verde
(Friend) , Jake Alan Potter
(Friend) , Yakir israel yadai
(Friend) , Darko elf graffit
(Friend) , Jonathon l McDaniel
(Friend) , Noah and The Whale
(Friend) , George GORGENZOLLA Holden
(Friend) , Jovannie Ramos
(Friend) , Jonathan Bahamundi
(Friend) , Eduardo Fenris Lobo
(Inspiration) , Austin McKay King
(Friend) , Michael andrew koutek
(Friend) , Julie O Halloran
(Friend) , Stefan christian cruz
(Friend) and Gary Gibson
Guestbook for Michihorsy
|14 Feb 2011|| Tabitha Blackwolf|
Hi Michelle!! I love all of your art, and I can’t wait for new pieces because I commented on all of them already, and I’m fairly new. You are also my favourite artists here in Elfwood! Michelle Tolo
replies: "Thank you very much, Tabi! It is very kind of you to say that, and I’m amazed by your effort in writing comments. I think I’ve managed to reply to all of them now, after quite some time
I tend to upload new pictures every month or so, depending on how much time I have to draw. I look forward to see your work as well! "
|16 Feb 2011|| Tabitha Blackwolf|
Just wondering. . .Do you draw from your heart or look at something? Ususally I draw with looking at something of mine’s or a trading card, or a picture off the Internet and they turn out very nice. Only one drawing I did was of my character Seralynne, drawn from my heart, and I used a technique my art teacher taught me recently, and it turned out very well. I will post it as soon as I can!!
I have commented on everything of yours, the last one I did today, the one with the army of centaurs. . . Michelle Tolo
replies: "Thank you once again for your kind words, Tabitha, it is very sweet of you. It is a little hard for me to keep up with everything you write though, so it would be easier for me if you tried to comment less (you don’t have to respond to everything I say, I just reply to all of my comments so that it is easier for me to tell new comments from old ones )
About my artwork: I pretty much always draw from heart, unless I draw portraits of friends or other existing people. Sometimes, when drawing anatomy for instance, I take a picture of my hand to use as reference, or try to google pictures of people holding an arm in a special position etc. I should get better at using references, but I just find it sort of boring. Also, it is hard to find the exact kind of picture I’m looking for, and I’m a little lazy
I look forward to see your pictures! But you may be a little too young to publish anything at Elfwood, though. I think the age limit is 13 years, so you may want to look into that before posting. "
|31 May 2011|| Michael andrew koutek|
hey there.. Michelle how you doing..? Michelle Tolo
replies: "I am very well, thank you, though I have very much to do these days I hope you are fine as well!"
|5 Jun 2011|| Michael andrew koutek|
well.. at least 60% as well.. also I’ve got a new pic up if your interested.. Michelle Tolo
replies: "I’ll see uf I can find your new picture - it would be easier if you could list your newest work on your profile page, but I’ll have a look around "
|15 Jun 2011|| Michael andrew koutek|
well.. my latest one is called.. egg to adult.. Michelle Tolo
replies: "I’ll have a look ^^"
|23 Apr 2012|| Stefan christian cruz|
The pictures I like! Do you paint on commission? firstname.lastname@example.org Michelle Tolo
replies: "Thanks! I sometimes take paid commissions, if I have the time and commitment to do so. You can contact me on email@example.com if you are interested. I am quite busy nowadays, but I’m trying my best to get as much as possible done."
|6 Aug 2012|| Ella rose griffin|
love your graphite work,
I do graphite work too so take a look! Michelle Tolo
replies: "Thank you I love working with pencils, though it’s rare that I actually use them much these days, with Photoshop and all. I’ll have a look at your work "
|22 Jan 2013|| Michael andrew koutek|
Hey hey there how you been? Michelle Tolo
replies: "Hi Michael, I am very well thank you School is amazingly fun, yet also very busy, but I’m enjoying all of it How about you?"
|2 Feb 2013|| Michael andrew koutek|
. Yeah I’m doing well putting a few stuff here and there. Michelle Tolo
replies: "Good to hear "
|3 Jul 2013|| Gary Gibson|
I love your eclectic style and originality, and your sense of humor. Please be my friend. Michelle Tolo
replies: "Thank you, I’m glad you like my work "
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