Sophiya Kloss - About
Creating clean illustrations that accurately reflect a concept, as closely as possible, with a minimalist approach.
Roll with the punches.
What do you specialise in?
I specialise in portraiture and figurative realism.
What inspires you?
Everything. Films, studies, random objects, conversations, eye-catching colour palettes, lighting, textures, movement. There are those specific moments that just stick with you. I often find myself going through scripts and studies mostly driven by my ongoing love affair with films and philosophy. I am deeply fond of material that ignites new thoughts - a daring new approach is always welcome.
There are other times when I can’t get a pattern, texture, or form out of my head, and I’ll compile lists for future reference. This often leads to deeper research and long study sessions, but it has always helped widen my understanding. I don’t like doing things half-heartedly.
What do you enjoy about illustration?
I think the choices we make in what we do reflect strongly on us as people. Illustration is a bit of the same - to me, it embodies a vision and a representation of what I value in the world - directness, quietness, impact, solitude, complexity, precision.
I enjoy that illustration acts as a visual language for those people, who, like me, aren’t always great at expressing themselves verbally.
I don’t know if the concept of talent truly exists, but I know that in order to be great at something you need passion - you need to live for it because it is a lifelong pursuit.
What do you need to be a good illustrator?
I think you need to be honest with yourself. I also think illustration requires a direct approach, an open mind, and the willingness to work outside the box and see things from a different perspective. As they say, patience is a virtue.
How would you define yourself?
I think this is one of the hardest questions to answer. I’m a complex person, made up of a variety of experiences and thoughts. I don’t think all of them are relevant to who I am as an illustrator, but I think my strongest, most prevalent characteristic is my honesty and straightforwardness. I wear my heart on my sleeve.
How would you define your work?
I think my work has always had a sentimental, dark and gritty edge to it. It’s what I’ve been drawn to. I’d like to think that emotions feed into my work, but I don’t believe it says much about me as a person, other than that it’s an aesthetic that I enjoy. I think it takes confidence to stick with one’s own aesthetic, as people come in all different hues.