The Last of us
The Last of us

Oakland-based visual artist

Sophia Elson

Welcome to my art’s online home. I use simple materials to transfer a jumble of experiences, thoughts, and feelings to paper. I enjoy working intuitively, letting drawings unfold with limited planning. I aim to capture the excitement found in visuals around me and hint at those seen behind closed eyes.

This site is a snapshot of drawings in flux. Much of what you see no longer exists that way. Periodically, I scan new images and reconcile pixels with paper.

I’m inspired by the melancholic quality in the work of Kay Sage and Leon Spilliaert, the tones and linework in Herbert James Draper’s sketches, the bouncing color in many Renoir paintings, the lurid psychedelia of ‘70s horror and sexploitation films, and the eeriness and intricacy of Victorian Gothic interior design. Recently, I discovered the art of Emil Ferris, who works with a similar visual vocabulary and is maddeningly good at it.