Illustrator and GIF maker, Sofia Hydman, is known for her quirky style of illustration. “My work is whimsical and cheeky with a feminist touch,” she described in a piece published on I Do Art. Most often than not centered around female subjects, her characters are voluminous and cheeky, as they jiggle and wiggle around the screen.
“Chubby, confident girls are my favorite thing to draw,” notes Hydman. I also have a thing for sad boys. I don’t know why I like it when guys cry, I just do, so I make them. Literally.” With a tongue-in-cheek attitude, her illustrations have a humoristic edge to them and clearly aren’t meant to be taken seriously.
“I tend to follow my gut and what I feel is funny, interesting or plain pretty in the critical moment of inspiration,” says Hydman, adding that she’s also inspired by other artists she finds on Instagram. “Other times I just remember that I love The Beatles or that I’m just stunned by how awesome Sailor Moon is, so I pay a little tribute,” she says. “It’s a project I do entirely for my own sake, for the fun of it and for some GIF-fame.”
But though her work has an element of absurdity to it, her creative process requires a certain state of mind. “While working on an illustration I feel calm and concentrated,” she relays, “it’s a state of mind I’m longing for when I’m stressed out about something.”