Nefeli “Nef” Steirou (aka Nefste) is a Jane of all trades. The 28-year-old Athens-based artist has studied law, set and costume design, and fashion design, and has even worked behind the scenes in theater and film. But for all her very many accomplishments, it is her illustrations that truly make our hearts sing. Master of a gorgeous, sunny style, Nef’s drawings are a ton of fun, and we can’t get enough of them. Basically, her art is just all kinds of lovely — which is why she’s our Illustrator of the Week!
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No pressure, but describe your art: Colorful and girly, I guess — I haven’t ever really thought of describing it, so this is kind of hard.
What inspires you to make things: People around me and pop culture. And sometimes clothes I imagine and want to have or make, so I draw them just to get them out of my head.
Your favorite thing(s) to draw: My imaginary girls, and flowers, mostly.
Medium of choice: I like experimenting with different mediums, but you can’t beat pencil and paper. For me it all starts there.
The first time you knew you wanted to be an artist: As long as I can remember, I wanted to create. But I didn’t realize I could hold a pencil and actually draw something until my mid-twenties.
Proudest achievement so far: I recently won a fashion design contest, which really gave me a confidence boost and made me consider designing my own clothing line, sometime in the future.