Gina Mei
September 24, 2015 2:54 pm

Ariana Koultourides’ art exists in a world of its own. It’s obvious the girl’s got talent: The 21-year-old artist has mastered a style that is as gorgeous as it is aww-worthy, and we’re totally in love. Whether pop culture portraiture or creatures fit to cuddle, we can’t get enough of her incredible creations. Ariana will be graduating from the American Academy of Art in Chicago this spring and, needless to say, we can’t wait to see what she does next. Her work is equal parts dreamy, playful, and adorable — and that’s why she’s our Illustrator of the Week!

Find out more about Ariana and her art below, and buy some of her exclusive-to-HelloGiggles phone cases by clicking right here.

No pressure, but describe your art: I would describe my art as fun, whimsical, and dreamy. I hope my illustrations brighten people’s day.

What inspires you to make things: I find inspiration in everything from dreams, people, and animals, to movies, music, and my favorite TV shows. My artwork is simply influenced by my everyday life, personal interests, and imagination.

Your favorite thing(s) to draw: My favorite things to draw are my own personal illustrations. I love to draw people in my own surreal, magical world. Yet, I also love more children’s book and commercial based illustrations as well. I love creating my own characters, such as my little Pip the Pig character I am working on for a short limerick book and ABC animal themed artwork for nurseries. Last but not least, I love promotional and advertising illustration work for bands and packaging design.

Medium of choice: I love almost every medium I have worked with, from traditional pencil and paint to digital programs. I absolutely adore both traditional and digital illustration, so I usually combine the two in most of my work. I actually love almost every form of art medium and really enjoy watercolor, oil, ink, and digital paintings as well as ceramic and clay sculptures and knitting. Eventually, I hope to turn my children’s book characters into toys or stuffed animals.

The first time you knew you wanted to be an artist: Ever since I was small, I dreamed of becoming an artist. As a kid, this passion got to the point where I spent hours doodling in each letter of my homework. Art illustrates my past, present, and future. My dream is to share my art with the world.

Proudest achievement so far: Being only twenty-one and a senior in college, I am so excited to be recognized for my illustrations already. Knowing that people around the world love, share, follow, and purchase my art is a dream come true.

Music you listen to while you work: Ooh, I love music so much it’s hard to narrow it down. I would have to say I listen to Regina Spektor, She and Him, Leftover Cuties, The Strokes, and the Black Keys the most while I work. So much of my artwork is inspired by my favorite songs.

Your most prized possession: My adorable, beloved chihuahua, Denali, is definitely my most prized and precious possession. He is my muse and always watches me draw and paint. Even though he gets a little jealous and tries to steal my attention at times, he always keeps me company when I work.

Your personal hero: My personal hero is definitely Wes Anderson. I love absolutely everything about his movies from the story and characters to the music and cinematography. I love each and every detail in his films with his attention to color, costume, and atmosphere. His films are like a piece of artwork come to life.

The last thing to make you giggle: Actually, earlier today I found an old sketchbook with a really funny collaboration my boyfriend and I drew together, and even though I was in the library, I couldn’t stop giggling!

Current project(s): Right now I’m actually working on so many things at once, as usual. At the moment, I am working on a marketing proposal for a local bakery, Baked of Bloomington, and some illustrations for two cafes, La Catrina Cafe and Levante Cafe. I’m also working on preparing my booth as a vendor selling artwork and doing caricatures at a variety of events such as the Hunt & Gather pop-up market this weekend and other future festivals, weddings, and special occasions. I’m also in the process of doing a collaboration with Amy Roiland’s FashionTap App where she will be modeling my illustrations applied to clothing through her fashion social networking app. Some of my longer time span projects include publishing a couple children’s books I have been working on in my spare time.

Check out Ariana’s amazing phone cases via Casetify — they’re an exclusive partnership with HelloGiggles! And for more of her work, check out her Etsy, Instagram, Facebook, Behance, and Pinterest.

You can check out our past Illustrators of the Week here!

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