I'm Sophie Dufresne, an artist and designer based in Los Angeles. Besides freelancing in design and illustration I create whimsical art and products under the name Sophiequi.
Before I moved here from Montreal several years ago, I was an engineering major with a love for art, theater, and architecture heading toward a PhD in computational fluid mechanics.
I loved solving problems but yearned for my work to be more visual and expressive. One day a friend said to me, "you have a good eye (and know how to code), why don't you learn Dreamweaver". And I did. It wasn't long before I joined startups and a branding agency, all the while picking up Flash animation and taking interior design classes at UCLA.
After a relatively short stint in architecture drafting and making 3D models, I returned to the internet to focus on user experience at Yahoo. Fast forward 7 years, I missed making things. So when another friend introduced me to illustration and surface pattern, well, I went for it.
All that to say... it's been a journey, and I'm very versatile because of it.
So whatever your project may be... try me!
Christopher Kennedy, Natasha Baradaran, Kassabian Design Build, L'art de vivre Spa at Sofitel, Jamie Bush + Co., Mina Javid Design, Karine Joret Group for Louis Vuitton, Joe Love Design, Shircoo Inc., Dirty Girl Construction, Big Purple Dot, Monger
Illustration Clients and Features
RiseDesign&Shine interview, Artistic Moods blog feature, Emily Kiddy's [K.I.D.S.] Autumn | Winter 2018/19_Kidswear Trend Publication, Entertaining Elephants, Folio Press and Paperie, Maker Mentors interview, Papyrus, Print and Pattern, They Draw and Cook, Uppercase’s New Illustration Talent issue 27.
Contests and Exhibits
Lilla Rogers' GTS semi-finalist, ICON8 & 20th Anniversary Show at Land Gallery, Modern Thrive webinar, Minted, Tea Pop Gallery solo exhibit.