Gina Mei
April 30, 2015 12:44 pm

Our love for Sophia Elias knows no bounds. Along with being one of our brilliant contributors at HelloGiggles (and an all-around joy of a human being), she also happens to be a very talented illustrator — and we just can’t get enough of her art. (If you haven’t already, you need to check out her illustrated lyrics and snack problems. They will make your day.) Sophia has mastered a simple, clever style that is as fun as it is smart. Her work is punny pop culture at its best, and always brings the giggles — and that’s why she’s our Illustrator of the Week!

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

No pressure, but describe your art: The tagline I sometimes use to describe my work is “childish doodles for adultish humans.” I think that about sums it up!

What inspires you to make things: I know this sounds like a cop-out answer, but literally everything: listening to corny rap music in inappropriate settings (with headphones, of course), observing little old ladies in their red velour jumpsuits at the dog park — I don’t know! I choose to see “art” in a lot of ridiculous things. Even if these things don’t directly inspire my illustrations, they always get my creative juices pumping. These instances kinda serve as creative reminders for me.

Your favorite thing(s) to draw: Anything pop culture related. I love making things that resonate with people and make them laugh. Laughing (even if it’s just to yourself) is the most important thing.

Medium of choice: I draw with my different ink pens and color all of my cartoons digitally. But I do (literally) dabble in watercolors from time to time.

The first time you knew you wanted to be an artist: I’ve been drawing and writing comics ever since I was a kid. I never really sought out to be an “artist” (I still have a bit of an issue with calling myself one), but I’ve always felt this inherent need to create. I don’t think much has changed in that regard!

Proudest achievement so far: Opening my Etsy shop (fineasslines) and actually selling my greeting cards. When I got my first real sale (i.e. the first sale that was not my mom), I was in total disbelief. I feel like a cheesy and self-indulgent jerk when I say this, but it really means something to me when I see that customers genuinely enjoy my work. All of my doodles come from a very childish, offbeat place in my mind. So when a stranger even expresses interest in a card or a drawing, it’s kinda like saying, “Hey. . . I get you. . . and you get me.” You’re able to sort of share a moment with someone. That feeling never gets old.

Music you listen to while you work: Hmmm. . . It depends what I’m working on and what kind of mood I’m in. If I need to do something that requires a lot of concentration I’ll listen to Andy Stott or Max Richter. But Radiohead will always and forever be my absolute favorite band. Their catalog of music is so expansive and diverse, there’s literally a Radiohead song for every occasion.

Your most prized possession: I hate to admit it, but my computer. All of my work is in there!

Your personal hero: Most definitely my parents. They’ve been so supportive of me and all of my goofy endeavors. Never once have they doubted me! Instead of questioning my decision to sell greeting cards on Etsy, they went out and bought me card racks and a giant packaging tape dispenser for all of my orders. Thank you for believing in me, mom and dad!

The last thing to make you giggle: I was just crawling around the floor pretending to be a dog at my boyfriend’s house. This is obviously not normal, but it definitely made me laugh.

Current project(s): I’ll always work on growing my Etsy shop. Rather than simply focusing on greeting cards, I’m hoping to expand into art prints (and maybe — MAYBE — clothing) later this year. I’m also working on illustrating a children’s book in the near future, so we’ll see what happens with that.

Check out Sophia’s amazing phone cases via Casetify — they’re an exclusive partnership with HelloGiggles — and her previous work with us here!

For more of her work, check out her Etsy and Instagram.

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