Hello! I'm so glad to see to see you here.

I'm Jola Sopek, a freelance illustrator utterly, helplessly in love with watercolours!
I work with vibrant, natural colour palettes to evoke a sense of playful and joyful realism. My main inspirations come from nature walks, grocery shop displays, and favourite music.
I take on commissions for custom illustrations, packaging and logo design, and teach workshops on watercolour painting techniques.


But how did all that happen?
 By chance, I picked up a set of cheap watercolour paints one day in 2017 without prior experience, or even much of an interest in painting (I was just bored!).
To my surprise, I got hooked ! Watercolours quite literally took my breath away in an instant. I would wake up at 5:30am every morning just to practice - and I haven't stopped painting since.
The immense passion has been further fuelled by building a following of 75k on Instagram @jolapictures where I share my work-in-progress, sketches and art tips.
I come from Łódź, Poland where I grew up and lived until 18. I'm currently based in Brighton, UK where I work from my own illustration studio.
Prior to the watercolour painting journey, I studied photography in which I hold a BA (Edinburgh Napier University, 2015) and a MA degree (University of Brighton, 2018).

For commissions, collaborations and teaching enquiries please e-mail me at hello@jolapictures.com
I look forward to hearing from you soon!
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