‘You can be creative on a canvas and on the pitch’: 3D artist and footballer Elly Wade on her colliding passions

Elly Wade
(Image credit: Adobe/Elly Wade/Future)

When Adobe was announced in 2023 as the sponsor of the Women’s FA Cup for the next three years, one player in particular was excited by the news. A true multi-hyphenate, Elly Wade is an accomplished 3D artist, a trainer and educator at Maxon (the brand behind Redshift and Cinema 4D), and a footballer at Luton Town L.F.C. At Adobe’s recent panel discussion at Wembley Stadium, Goals & Grit: Voices From the Women’s Game, she described the FA’s partnership with Adobe as her “absolute two passions colliding“. 

While the two careers might sound divergent, they both come naturally to Elly, and to an extent have even combined in recent years. When the club’s social media manager was no longer able to commit to the job, she volunteered to take over; her experience of branding and design making her a natural fit. “Being a 3D artist is my full-time job, she told Creative Bloq. “But I've always played football, and have played for Luton Town for 5 years. This year our social media guy stepped away, and I knew both the girls and the fans were disappointed, so I agreed to take it on because I understand the importance of it."

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.