I've always loved art and I have a deep appreciation for talented people who love art and creating just as much as I do.
In a world full of chaos and clutter it is so refreshing to stumble upon beautiful artists thanks to articles on the internet and fun Instagram accounts.
Ariella Elovic was recently featured on TeenVogue.com in an article entitled, "Sketchy Girls: 11 Cool Young Illustrators You Should Have on Your Radar."
Of course, I fell in love with everything, however, Ariella's work stood out in particular.
Her work is totally fun and original. From pets to products, Ariella takes every day items and turns them into something wonderful.
I had the pleasure of getting to know Ariella and she was kind enough to answer a few questions for Soul in Stilettos.
Scroll down to discover who Ariella is and what inspires her as an artist.
AE: I’m 23 years old and I grew up in Sharon, Massachusetts—a small town with many more trees than people. I had a four year stint in St. Louis, Missouri for college and have been living in Brooklyn, NY for a about a year now with my best friend.
SIS: You’re a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a BFA in Communication Design – what lead you to illustrating in the first place?
AE: I’ve just always been drawing and my family in general is pretty artistic—either incredibly appreciative of art or artists themselves. As early as preschool I remember the coloring station to be my favorite activity by far, and by middle school my notebooks all doubled as sketchbooks.
SIS: On your website you mention how you love to draw bedazzled old ladies, snacks and groceries and sassy dogs, I love that! What drew you to these things and where else do you take inspiration from?
AE: In my junior year of college, I illustrated a book called “People at the Mall” and spent a few weeks just observing people at the St. Louis Galleria for material. Working on that project is when I realized that I love analyzing people through drawing. Old ladies with bright, zany outfits are typically my favorite because there’s just so much expression there.
My love for drawing food and snacks (aside from my deep love of snacking) come from the packaging. The range in color, type, general design etc.
One of my side projects at the moment is pet portraits. I have an idea brewing for a book but for now, I’m taking commissions. I’ve grown up with dogs my entire life, so I’m no stranger to the idea that all dogs have unique personalities-- I am convinced of this now, having drawn many portraits. It’s fun for me to imagine what each dog is thinking, what they would say if they could speak…
My biggest sources of inspiration aside from that group are the work of Henri Matisse and Maira Kalman. Both these artists use such rich color and pattern. I also love Kalman’s curiosity, analysis and humor.
AE: Red. It’s powerful, warm, and vibrant.
SIS: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
AE: Scary question! My dream is to have my own line of stationery goods that are positive, quirky, optimistic but a bit sarcastic. So in 5 years, I see myself having grown my work into a business. It’s a scary venture and I’m learning that self-confidence and desire are vital to making that jump. I definitely think I’ll get there. Taking it day-by-day.
SIS: Name your top 3 places to shop.
AE: Strand Bookstore, People of Tomorrow (in Greenpoint, NY), Red Pearl (Williamsburg, NY)
SIS: Favorite shoe designer?
AE: I love me some fryes, but right now I’m saving up for some Swedish shoes by Kork-Ease—when it comes to shoes I’m pretty practicalJ
SIS: There is so much inspiration in the world. What is one place you’ve never been but would love to go and draw? Think of the chic old ladies in Paris markets, etc.
AE: Spain. For sure, Spain. Such a colorful country.
SIS: One item you cannot live without?
AE: My journal. I’m not a completely dedicated “write every day” kind of person, but sometimes I’ll have such a great day, such a meaningful phone conversation, the need to make a list and clear my mind, record an embarrassing moment, etc that I just want to capture it, how I feel right then, and be able to return to it.
Check out Ariella's work HERE