Gina Mei
February 26, 2015 12:23 pm

Alexandra Clouspy’s art is a soft palette dream—it’s subdued and whimsical and lovely, and we’re totally obsessed. The graphic illustrator is based in south-central Pennsylvania, where she is a senior full-time graphic design and fine art student. Each of her pieces is full of personality, and is a perfect complement to the self-proclaimed introvert and obsessive-compulsive doodler. And because her art is so perfectly adorable, we just had to make her our Illustrator of the Week!

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

No pressure, but describe your art: When creating, I really hope that I can make people smile, even if it is just for a moment. I want to remind my audience not to take life so seriously and to enjoy the simple things.

What inspires you to make things: Other creatives around me are always my greatest source of inspiration. It’s crazy to me just how many talented people there are, especially my age, who are really making it work.

Your favorite thing(s) to draw: Animals! Or people; really anything with a face on it.

Medium of choice: My medium of choice is digital illustration, but pencil and paper is how it really begins. There’s a common misconception that “digital artists” are just always making art through digital means, but it always comes back to your ability to draw.

The first time you knew you wanted to be an artist: I think I always knew deep down, but it took a while to figure it out. I started college as a psychology major, but didn’t feel very driven. On a whim, I took a drawing class. I had always liked creating, but this was the first time that creating ever became something I thought I could pursue as a career. I realized how important it was to me to be able to do the thing that I love for the rest of my life.

Proudest achievement so far: Recently I had the opportunity to create a grief and loss journal for a wonderful nonprofit organization called Olivia’s House, which helps children dealing with loss. This was very special to me because it came at a time after I had lost someone very dear to me. Being able to illustrate and help others also became a way for me to help myself.

Music you listen to while you work: Let’s be honest — while working, I’m usually also binge-watching (aka listening to) Lord of the Rings or Star Wars. However, if I were to listen to music while working, it would definitely be a mix of Jimmy Eat World, Death Cab for Cutie, Taylor Swift, Sigur Rós, and Twin Forks.

Your most prized possession: The feeling that most people get when they leave their phone at home is the same feeling I get when my planner is anywhere farther than two feet away. I can’t live without it. If you ever see me in the fetal position, it’s probably because I left my planner at home.

Your personal hero: My mister for putting up with me this last semester, and Leslie Knope, who I strive to be like on a daily basis (except I usually end up acting more like April).

The last thing to make you giggle: Holding a kitty.

Current project(s): Recently, I started working on a coloring book for the minor league baseball team in my area, which is really exciting. Also, more exciting, I’m collaborating with the wonderful HelloGiggles to make phone cases for their Casetify site. I am also branching off into 3D paper cut art and just opened my Etsy shop, which has been something I’ve been planning to do for quite a while.

Check out Alexandra’s amazing phone cases via Casetify—they’re an exclusive partnership with HelloGiggles! For more of her work, check out her websiteEtsy, Behance, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

(All images courtesy of the artist.)