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Fire up your Coloured Pencil Skills and light up your life when you join Ignite, my inclusive, supportive, mentored community for Coloured Pencil artists.

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Fire up your Coloured Pencil Skills and light up your life when you join Ignite, my inclusive, supportive, mentored community for Coloured Pencil artists.

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Hi, I'm Bonny Snowdon!

Artist, Tutor, Coach

I'm a North Yorkshire-based, award-winning coloured pencil artist and an artists’ mentor specialising in realistic animal portraits.

My mission is to help as many coloured pencil artists as possible realise their dreams, reach their full potential, and create amazing, lifelike drawings they can be proud of.

I'm committed to helping the members in my Ignite membership, so I'm always present and active in my community, ready to help whenever it's needed.

More about me...


I'm also a single mum and artist who has only been drawing since 2016. Having initially picked up coloured pencils to use in colouring books (as I needed an outlet to help with the strains of work and home life) colouring books soon became my go-to stress relief. Prior to the colouring books, I hadn't picked up a pencil or done any drawing since 1987 when I left college at the age of 17, so it came as a bit of a surprise that as soon as I started drawing my progression happened really quickly.

Now, 7 years on, I'm teaching people all over the world the techniques I have honed in my Ignite community. I share everything I know about coloured pencils in the knowledge that if you want something, no matter how crazy it might seem at first, you CAN do it!

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Go from drawing stick animals to creating thoroughbreds

Go from feeling tentative, lacking in confidence and getting mediocre results in your coloured pencil artwork to feeling incredibly proud of your drawings, with a belief that you can take your art to the highest levels.

And from drawing simple sketches to creating fine art

Go from knowing you want to draw, but not really knowing what to do, to understanding layering, values and creating amazing realistic drawings.

Does this sound like you?

  • I'm so frustrated that my drawings seem to stay in the ugly stage
  • I really struggle to match and pick colours
  • My work tends to look flat
  • I feel stuck in a rut and don't know how to progress
  • I want to run a successful art business but have no idea where to start
  • My work looks cartoony
  • I don't know how to get my fur to look real
  • I know I need to concentrate on values, but I don't really know what that means
  • I get stuck because I can't let go of perfectionism!
  • I struggle with confidence and always think I'm not good enough

This is what the new you could look like!

  • Improved self-confidence and self-belief
  • Creating animals, humans and flowers that look like they could come to life
  • Picking colours with confidence
  • Becoming better equipped to choose the right materials 
  • Being proud of what you've achieved
  • Drawing without the pressure of everything having to be perfect
  • Letting go of Imposter Syndrome and knowing you're good enough and can do it!
  • Improved mental wellbeing
  • Being part of a supportive community
  • Successfully selling your art
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Judith Wysocki

Bonny's teaching is immeasurable. With her words in my head and her by my side, I really do feel fearless. Not only do I learn how to improve my animal art, she also leads me down a personal growth path... She has changed my attitude on life and confidence. In other words, this lady has made me FEARLESS!

Meet some of our fabulous members

 

Helen Theron

Helen, who is based in Australia, was working in pen and ink and graphite before she joined my Patreon, she started on my tutorials straight away, and joined my Ignite Membership in September 2021. Her work continues to get better and better 

Meredith Hudes-Lowder

Meredith, based in New York, joined the Academy back in December 2021. She’s gone from doodling tiny horses in the margins of her chemistry books to drawing beautiful artwork and being able to proudly call herself an artist. 

 
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Meet some of our fabulous members

 

Helen Theron

Helen, who is based in Australia, was working in pen and ink and graphite before she joined my Patreon, she started on my tutorials straight away, and joined my Ignite Membership in September 2021. Her work continues to get better and better 

 

Meredith Hudes-Lowder

Meredith, based in New York, joined the Academy back in December 2021. She’s gone from doodling tiny horses in the margins of her chemistry books to drawing beautiful artwork and being able to proudly call herself an artist. 

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This is where the magic happens

  • My Formula for Success gives you a personalised report, so you know where to start and what to focus on.
  • My Coloured Pencil Foundations Course, an in-depth certificated course suitable for complete beginners or as a refresher for those more advanced. 
  • 100's of recorded tutorials that will help you build your skills and grow your confidence.
  • And me, every step of the way!

What's included in the Ignite Membership? 

  • Bonny Snowdon's Formula for Success (RRP Priceless)
  • Coloured Pencil Foundations¬†Signature Course (RRP ¬£250)
  • Weekly Art Club (RRP ¬£80)
  • Monthly Live Q&As (RRP ¬£20)
  • Coloured Pencil Mastermind Sessions every other month¬†(RRP ¬£20)
  • Monthly Business Drop In Sessions (RRP ¬£20)
  • Group Confidence Sessions (RRP ¬£20)
  • The chance to have your work¬†critiqued each month (RRP ¬£150)
  • Hundreds (if not thousands) of hours of real-time recorded Tutorials (RRP Priceless)
  • New tutorials each month (RRP ¬£25)
  • 15+ Step by Step Tutorial Guides (RRP ¬£225)
  • The chance to have your work displayed in one of Bonny's online exhibitions¬†(RRP Priceless)
  • Early access to booking for upcoming in-person events¬†(RRP Priceless)
  • Exclusive members' Facebook community¬†(RRP Priceless)
  • 10% members discount on¬†external¬†one day workshops¬†(RRP Priceless)
  • Members' bonuses at regular intervals throughout the year (RRP Priceless)
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John Woodrow

I had been drawing for about 2 months before I started with Bonny, at that point I had no idea of how little I knew. Bonny's Academy is amazing though and explains everything so well. It goes into all the different pencil brands and how to use each brand, different drawing surfaces and the techniques for each surface and, of course, the tutorials. The Academy has some amazing tutorials, with small focus tutorials to show you how to draw different fur types, eyes and other areas. The full tutorials are also amazing, with all different breeds of animals and birds to really help develop your pencil skills. With each tutorial, Bonny lets you know exactly what supplies will be required and talks you through in real time how to draw the subject. 

You won't find a more dedicated person than Bonny to help you develop your skills. It is amazing how much she does for us, with Sketch Clubs, Confidence Sessions, Art Club and Q&A sessions. You won't be disappointed.

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Some frequently asked questions we've had about my Ignite Membership...

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Melanie Singlehurst

I just wanted to say a massive thank you for your wonderful Academy. You have helped me so much with advice in the Business Drop Ins around building and running my commission art business. Also, I find the Confidence Sessions invaluable and I love how you share so many things - dream boards, coaching, mindfulness, meditation and so forth.

I always look forward to The Weekly Scribble and the podcasts are so interesting. I also love how you share your life with us - I feel as though you are a personal friend. The Academy is a wonderful place to be and it makes me so happy to be part of such a fantastic community. Thank you for being you - a wonderful, intelligent, kind, caring and generous person and an amazing artist.

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Here’s what feedback looks like from existing members of the Ignite Membership

Real members. Real feedback.


The videos below allow you to hear from some more members of my beloved Ignite community - more about how the experience is increasing their confidence and changing their coloured pencil art and their lives for the better every day.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Our members include hundreds of wonderful people from all walks of life and all parts of the world. We are a truly global community!

Are you ready to become an Igniter?

I WANT IN!

How much does the Ignite membership cost?

The cost of the Ignite Membership will be increasing for those who join in September 2024*, so there has never been a better time to join! 

Ignite Annual

£300/y

BEST VALUE

  • 12 months for the price of 10
  • Bonny's Formula for Success
  • Coloured Pencil Foundations Course
  • Full back catalogue of video tutorials
  • All live stream sessions
  • New tutorials each month
  • The chance to enter work into future¬†online¬†exhibitions
  • Early access to booking for upcoming in-person events
  • 10% discount on Workshops run outside of the membership, plus the chance to sign up before anyone else
  • Members' bonuses at regular intervals throughout the year
  • Exclusive member Facebook community
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Ignite Monthly

£30/m

PAY MONTHLY

  • Bonny's Formula for Success
  • Coloured Pencil Foundations Course
  • Full back catalogue of video tutorials
  • All live stream sessions
  • New tutorials each month
  • The chance to enter work into future¬†online¬†exhibitions
  • Early access to booking for upcoming in-person events
  • 10% discount on Workshops run outside of the membership, plus the chance to sign up before anyone else
  • Members' bonuses at regular intervals throughout the year
  • Exclusive member Facebook community
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Ignite Plus

£1000

PAY ANNUALLY*

  • 12 months for the price of 10
  • A place in the next 4 Coloured Pencil Workshops
  • A year's free access to all upcoming courses under ¬£125
  • A year's access to existing products, including Mastering Realism in Coloured Pencil, Super Simple Coloured Pencil, Realistic Fur and Eyes Tutorial, Horse's Ear Workshop Playback, Human Eye Workshop Playback, and From Petals to Paper Tutorial
  • Early access to all upcoming products, challenges and live events
  • The chance to book a slot in upcoming members-only exhibitions before anyone else
  • The chance to book tickets for upcoming in-person events before anyone else
  • Bonny's Formula for Success
  • Coloured Pencil Foundations Course
  • Full back catalogue of video tutorials
  • All live stream sessions
  • New tutorials each month
  • 10% discount on Workshops run outside of the membership, plus the chance to sign up before anyone else
  • Members' bonuses at regular intervals throughout the year
  • Exclusive member Facebook community

*To upgrade your membership and join as an Ignite Plus member, click on the link below to continue on to the annual membership checkout page, and select the "Yes! Add Ignite Plus Membership" box at the checkout.

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*Once you join the membership the cost of your subscription will not increase, as long as you remain a member.

Sue Dally

Sue had an operation in 2015 which meant recovery was incredibly slow and she could no longer work, so she took early retirement. Whilst recovering, she felt she couldn’t do anything but sit around and she felt useless. Sue’s husband gently persuaded her to take up art, and she joined her local art group in Spring 2018, where she found a new sense of freedom and expression. Whilst searching for art tutorials on YouTube in 2019, she found Bonny and joined her Patreon group, and then Bonny’s Academy earlier this year. Sue has gained a new sense of confidence in her own drawing, so much so that she now feels able to accept coloured pencil commissions.

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