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.

Inspirations include the eerie melancholy of Kay Sage and Leon Spilliaert, the tones/linework in Herbert James Draper’s sketches, the bouncing color in Renoir paintings, the lurid psychedelia of ‘70s horror/sexploitation films, and the rich ornateness 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.