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The Missed Connections of Sophie Blackall

Feb 7, 2012

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(Music by Paul Layton, Buried Beds, and Malbec)

Brooklyn-based illustrator Sophie Blackall was in search of inspiration when she stumbled upon the infamous Missed Connections section of Craigslist. In this Internet realm of love lost and found, anonymous posters chronicle the one who got away, hoping that the object of their affection will remember the shy stranger who offered an umbrella during a freak hail storm. Sophie immediately knew she had found her muse. That fateful revelation led to a collection of tender works, culminating in her recently published book, Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found.

Many of the illustrations for the book originated in New York City’s subway system. In a perfect bookend to her own story, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Arts for Transit program asked Sophie to design their latest Art Card — a prominent piece of subway art featured in most of the city’s newest subway cars. Her wonderful illustrations, featuring some of the characters in her book, can now be seen on lines in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, as subway riders make and miss connections, for all of 2012.

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2 Featured Comments

  • VintageEyeFashion

    VintageEyeFashion from VintageEyeFashion said 7 years ago Featured

    This brings me back to my childhood riding the ferries, trains, buses & subways of NYC. I made up stories about many of my fellow riders back then & seeing this makes me feel as though they have come to life. Brilliant work!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 7 years ago Featured

    Awesome! I just love the idea of art in public spaces & the art concerned is so detailed & fascinating I could while away a long journey gazing at it &making up my own stories! I've been a huge fan of Sophie's Missed Connections since I stumbled ontothem by chance. The whole idea of the posts on Craigslist is so bitter-sweet... so many missed chances, so many "what if"s... a world of infinite possibilites, with people focussing on the opportunites they lost, the people they just managed not to connect with. I hope it teaches us all to seize the moment, smile at strangers & really interact with the people around us.

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  • MishaGirl

    Michelle from MishaGirl said 7 years ago

    I recently read about Sophie's Missed Connections, Love Lost & Found body of work. I think it's such a cool idea, and her illustrations perfectly compliment the posts on Craigslist. "We Shared a Bear Suit" is my favorite- very memorable. Great video!

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 7 years ago

    Awesome video!

  • RivalryTime

    Phil Jackson from NuptialNotion said 7 years ago

    Great video!

  • Crownology

    AnDee from Crownology said 7 years ago

    I have been in love with her work since the first I saw it... Wonderful Portrait. Well done...

  • SusiesBoutiqueTLC

    SusiesBoutiqueTLC from SusiesBoutiqueTLC said 7 years ago

    Great story. Beautiful art work.

  • VintageEyeFashion

    VintageEyeFashion from VintageEyeFashion said 7 years ago Featured

    This brings me back to my childhood riding the ferries, trains, buses & subways of NYC. I made up stories about many of my fellow riders back then & seeing this makes me feel as though they have come to life. Brilliant work!

  • blockpartyprints

    blockpartyprints from blockpartyprints said 7 years ago

    Love the video, the art and the inspiration for the art. I love all the little stories in the MTA piece. I'd love to stare at it while riding the subway and come up with my own stories about the people.

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry from jammerjewelry said 7 years ago

    Wonderful and interesting info about the subway, art and NYC transit system. Thanks.

  • fricdementol

    a r from fricdementol said 7 years ago

    So good!! :)

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 7 years ago Featured

    Awesome! I just love the idea of art in public spaces & the art concerned is so detailed & fascinating I could while away a long journey gazing at it &making up my own stories! I've been a huge fan of Sophie's Missed Connections since I stumbled ontothem by chance. The whole idea of the posts on Craigslist is so bitter-sweet... so many missed chances, so many "what if"s... a world of infinite possibilites, with people focussing on the opportunites they lost, the people they just managed not to connect with. I hope it teaches us all to seize the moment, smile at strangers & really interact with the people around us.

  • VIZArt

    Viza Arlington from VIZArt said 7 years ago

    Congratulations Sophie you deserve it! i am off to look for the book.

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm from baconsquarefarm said 7 years ago

    Wonderful video and sophie blackall is talented artist indeed~ watching her paint from scratch was amazing~ Sweet her artwork is part of the subway system now for all the riders to enjoy the nyc transit system. Years ago rode the subway from long island to downtown, loved it.

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 7 years ago

    Love this video!!!

  • ARTTOUR

    ARTTOUR from arttour said 7 years ago

    Lovely artist ! Congratulation Sophie!

  • myvintagecrush

    Kathleen from myvintagecrush said 7 years ago

    Haha, nice! I can never resist reading these.

  • SketchAway

    Suhita from SketchAway said 7 years ago

    Sophie, I love your work. I lived in New York for only 2 years,and miss it a lot! Your work is the New York I remember. Thank you for the smiles.

  • lorinichols

    Lori Nichols from lorinichols said 7 years ago

    Fabulous!

  • shabbyvintagemom

    Kristen from ShabbyVintageMom said 7 years ago

    The video was awesome! I've loved this Artist/Shop for sometime now, her illustrations make me laugh{especially "Dear girl with silk screen"....so funny!!}. I'm SO excited about the book, can't wait to check it out :)

  • chickfamilyink

    Shane Chick from chickfamilyink said 7 years ago

    Glad the fresh videos are back, I missed them.

  • ArtyDidact

    Sharon Parker from ArtyDidact said 7 years ago

    What a delightful video. I enjoyed hearing the artist talk about her work and getting a glimpse of how she creates her paintings. Lovely. Must go look for the book now!

  • nomadcraftsetc

    Janelle and Jason Ethridge from NomadCraftsEtc said 7 years ago

    This is awesome! And the video is amazing! What talent!

  • mirabellamorello

    mirabellamorello from mirabellamorello said 7 years ago

    I love this video! I too find this subject fascinating and made her shop a favorite of mine a few weeks ago. Having been a city dweller for 15 (and now living in a small town), I miss watching the curious interaction between people who may only see other once or who may have seen each other everyday, but have never spoken, like some form of visual eavesdropping!

  • IceCreamCandy

    IceCreamCandy from IceCreamCandy said 7 years ago

    so talented! love the idea!!

  • shootfromcanada

    Amy Kenny from shootfromcanada said 7 years ago

    Love it! Such an awesome idea. I know a lot of writers who get story ideas this way as well.

  • Namaz

    Nazima Banka from nazimabanka said 7 years ago

    WOW, amazingly shot and such a beautiful way to live, listening to your inner self and this consequently leads the way. I aspire to live like this one day.

  • Fashionitsa

    Maria from Fashionitsa said 7 years ago

    Great video and beautiful illustrations! Very sweet and inspiring.

  • muchamuse

    Rebecca Miller said 7 years ago

    I could watch her paint for hours! The confidence in which she puts down the delicate shades is amazing.

  • PinesVintageClothing

    Pine from GoodOldVintageOnline said 7 years ago

    so much life and emotion in her work..very inspiring!

  • honeytree

    Lupen Grainne from LupenGrainne said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful story !! and such inspiring work ;)

  • ClementinePearl

    ClementinePearl from ClementinePearl said 7 years ago

    Nice artwork, nice video, nice use of Buried Beds in the soundtrack! Thanks Etsy

  • twolefthands

    twolefthands from TwoLeftHands said 7 years ago

    Your work is fabulous~I love the video!

  • ItchinStitchin

    Amanda Wytas-Ackermann from ItchinStitchin said 7 years ago

    Lovely story!!! On my next trip to NY will look for her art on the subway :)

  • maclancy

    Marianne Clancy from maclancy said 7 years ago

    omg~I have always loved her! thanks so much for this insightful and inspirational little film. It makes me want to stop work and run for my watercolors. Thank you so much for sharing and thank you Sophie for your beautiful work!

  • robin101

    Robin Clare from RobinClareArt said 7 years ago

    Absolutely wonderful work. Thanks for sharing :)

  • Yvonne4eyes

    Yvonne Wilson from Yvonne4eyes said 7 years ago

    Eye am such a fan...love your work Sophie!

  • VoleedeMoineaux
  • PaperAltar

    PaperAltar from PaperAltar said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on the MTA commission. I can see your pure joy in painting but also in your inspirational forage. Cheers !

  • Lilacskye

    Kate Bauer from MilkandHoneybread said 7 years ago

    I've always loved her artwork and I have the book 'Missed Connections'. My daughter is also a fan of the illustrations in Ivy and Bean (which i was drawn to before i knew they were her work! :) I loved this video!

  • Parachute425

    Terry from Parachute425 said 7 years ago

    Love, love Sophie's work!! Kudos to you Sophie. We could use your art on the L in Chicago.

  • elizabethaviles

    Elizabeth Aviles said 7 years ago

    I was scrolling through the pages on the Etsy site and discovered this amazing talented lady, Sophie Blackall is just amazing! <3 Love her art!

  • rins

    Rinske Dekker from rins said 7 years ago

    Ah, I love her work! And i love this little video too.

  • w1151245

    Sheila McGrath from w1151245 said 7 years ago

    I adore this post. She paints so beautifully, and I like seeing the perspectives of other people that are different than mine. I've been dreaming about the country side, but she loves NY. I used to look at those posts on craigslist with my friends and we used to make fun of them because they seemed really sad to me, but I loved seeing her point of view on how she turned it into something artistic and lovely.

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering said 7 years ago

    You go girl, congrats!

  • buggabugs

    Bugga Bugs from BuggaBugs said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work, Sophie. I loved watching you paint. Congrats on all you've accomplished!

  • adrianaallenllc

    Adriana Allen from adrianaallenllc said 7 years ago

    This is a great post! I loved the idea. There is so much around us we can learn from and help us become better human beings if we would only see with our hearts and open minds. Great work!

  • vfigueroa

    Vanessa from Vintagetrinket13 said 7 years ago

    I recently saw her work on the subway and I just love it!! It's a perfect depiction of the very different people who sit next to each other on the train. I'm eager to read her book now...

  • CoulterGallery

    Charolette Coulter from CoulterGallery said 7 years ago

    Thanks for making me smile. I'm a huge people watcher and feel right at home looking at your work. Great capture.

  • loosebuttons

    loosebuttons from loosebuttons said 7 years ago

    I love your sub way scene. My son (a graphic deisgner) moved to NYC 1 year ago. Any apprehention I had as a parent is gone, now that I have visited NYC . I like my son fell in love with the city. I'm so glad he moved there and I get to visit him. Wahoo! Thank you for painting such a lovely scene. It discribes the subway beautifuly.

  • molMolly

    molMolly from molMolly said 7 years ago

    wonderful !!!

  • bettinastreehouse

    Beth Laky from bettinastreehouse said 7 years ago

    I love this story! Fantastic video and beautiful work - I almost felt like I'd stepped into a fairy tale :)

  • lindalinda

    lindalinda from lindalinda said 7 years ago

    I was lucky enough to sit across from that poster on the subway the other day. I stared at it the whole ride :)

  • WillowsWorks

    Marlene Schuler from WillowsWorks said 7 years ago

    This is so COOL. What a fantastic story... I wish I could paint like that!

  • cormen62

    Patricia Corey from cormen62 said 7 years ago

    Que bonito trabajo, me encantan tus pinturas muy originales!!! Nice work, I love you paint ver y original!!!

  • knottednest

    knottednest from knottednest said 7 years ago

    Wonderful video! Really inspiring to hear her speak about the project and see the genuine smile that comes to her face.

  • zJayne

    Jane Pierce from zJayne said 7 years ago

    Stuff like this just "awes" me... so amazing and so touching.

  • mudpuppy

    Michael McDowell from mudpuppy said 7 years ago

    lovely.

  • 2bloomsdesignstudio

    Michelle from twobloomsds said 7 years ago

    I found this video so moving. My sister and I visited New York 2 years ago and loved it. Sophie has a wonderful talent.

  • elizasteindesigns

    Eliza Stein from elizasteindesigns said 7 years ago

    Your poster is my favorite out of the subway art series! It has so much detail, and as a lifelong New Yorker, the people in the poster are so authentic to me, for lack of a better word. I look forward to seeing more of your work, now that I know it's right here on Etsy :)

  • dosdematas

    dosdematas from dosdematas said 7 years ago

    Great Video!

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry from pinksnakejewelry said 7 years ago

    Wonderful Post!!! Love your work!!! Can't wait til I go to NYC and ride the subway to see your work in person!!

  • PetiteRobeNoire

    PetiteRobeNoire from PetiteRobeNoire said 7 years ago

    Oh my god, I LOVE YOUR WORK!

  • FibberMcGeez

    Nancy Scarano from FibberMcGeez said 7 years ago

    Just lovely Sophie. Very touching video. I've ridden the NYC subways countless times and I can't think of anything more wonderful to enjoy as the ride passes. Beautiful work!

  • annyschoo

    anny schoo from linenclothingbyanny said 7 years ago

    I love how the calligraphy ink stone was used.... love the story and such a talent you have. Sophie.

  • HoneyThistle

    Wei from HoneyThistle said 7 years ago

    I found her about a year ago, but forgot her name a few weeks after (doh!) - thanks for the feature, I love her work!

  • MondayMint

    Nicole from MondayMint said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful video! She is so personable and talented. I had to watch three times because I could not get enough.

  • ezliving

    ezliving from ezliving said 7 years ago

    Nice work! Congratulation!!

  • Hookedonhoney

    Melissa Peterson from Hookedonhoney said 7 years ago

    absolutely stunning!! You make our commute here in nyc worth every extra min worth while! what a blessing to have you in our city!! much love and cant wait to see your work on my west side train :)

  • PuchiMo

    Kana from PuchiMo said 7 years ago

    Wow ! I just fell in love with your art work ! I was amazed to see you use the Sumi ink for this type of painting ! Great artist !!

  • themefragrance

    Theme Fragrance from themefragrance said 7 years ago

    One of my favorites on Etsy! A big fan!

  • alphabettymonster

    alphabettymonster from alphabettymonster said 7 years ago

    I adore Sophie Blackall! I discovered her on ETSY and have since bought many of the children's books that she has illustrated. What a wonderful artist:-)

  • paramountvintage

    kristin from blackmoonsky said 7 years ago

    so beautiful! was your work recently featured in Real Simple Magazine? i saw an artist illustration of a missed subway connection and it looked very similar to your wonderful work.

  • whisperingtrails

    kristin and david from whisperingtrails said 7 years ago

    i love this concept. your work is incredible!

  • thenakedbird

    Brooke Griffin from GideonAndBrisby said 7 years ago

    what an inspired original idea. Thanks so much for sharing this, Sophie's work and basis of her ideas are so completely fantastical. I adore this. And the colors she paints with! Ahhhh!

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    cathie carlson from MagicMarkingsArt said 7 years ago

    how awesome that as a transplant to NYC you have captured the city so beautifully and in your own magical way. super story.

  • BitterHoney

    Emma Olivia from BitterHoney said 7 years ago

    I saw your illustration on the train this weekend and absolutely loved it... and today this article! Congratulations.

  • TDORO

    Nogah Rotstein from TDORO said 7 years ago

    such a great video and incredibly talented artist! i look forward to seeing her poster on the subway one day. what a treat to look up and be inspired by all those colorful characters.

  • mcaleenan

    mcaleenan said 7 years ago

    How absolutely wonderful!!

  • hmmills

    Helen Mills from 1820BagCo said 7 years ago

    Wonderful post and wonderful work. Sophie congrats.

  • AntiquesAsh

    Ashley from AntiquesAsh said 7 years ago

    Really great work! Made me smile and kiss the Mr.

  • AnatomyVintage

    Amber Zaragoza from AnatomyVintage said 7 years ago

    I love these so much!

  • MaggiePaggieDesigns

    Rebecca from MaggiePaggieDesigns said 7 years ago

    A fan of this Artist for a while now - love love your work! I've got to get your book.

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 7 years ago

    Wonderful! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reclusing

    Cara Compernolle from Reclusing said 7 years ago

    I've been a fan of Sophie's for a while now, and a fan of Missed Connections for longer. The best thing is now when I read one with particularly evocative imagery I think of how it would look illustrated.

  • KathyPanton

    Kathy Panton from KathyPanton said 7 years ago

    LOVE

  • dahlilafound

    Dahlila S. from dahlilafound said 7 years ago

    Oh, that's lovely. That's a New York I want to see. :-)

  • SeedandSky

    Kelcey and Alex Loomer from SeedandSky said 7 years ago

    A well deserved highlight~ simply wonderful!

  • LoveFighters

    Esther Molina from LoveFighters said 7 years ago

    It is so beautiful that made me cry... I really love her work. It is amazing... ^___^

  • elleestpetite

    Donna Thai from PetiteCuisine said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful poster, and even a more beautiful concept in the end.

  • MomsCottage

    Ruth Ann from MomsCottage said 7 years ago

    Just looked through ALL of the Missed Connections illustrations in her shop. Wow! Super cool.

  • WhenGuineaPigsFly

    Lesley DeSantis from WhenGuineaPigsFly said 7 years ago

    Oh Sophie, you inspire me so much I can't even tell you. When you said that you always want to put clothes on animals... that is how I feel! This little video was so perfect and beautiful. Congratulations on all of your success, it is so so well deserved. :D

  • gypsumrose

    Levi Emerson from gypsumrose said 7 years ago

    simply wonderful! one of the most inspiring videos i have seen to date! thank you :)

  • JanePhillips

    Jane Phillips from myCrazyHands said 7 years ago

    Wow, i LOVE the video~~~

  • BrownBooks

    Leah Fitts from TheBlackSpruce said 7 years ago

    I've been a fan of Sophie's Missed Connections for awhile now, and I'm so happy that her work is being displayed on the subway, so many others can enjoy it too.

  • ExplodingNoise

    Shamira from ExplodingNoise said 7 years ago

    I am in loved with Sophie's art and have been following her for sometime on Etsy. I moved to NYC two months ago. I saw this art-card on the subway the other day, and couldn't stop staring. I instantly thought "This reminds me of that wonderful Missed Connections artist on Etsy." I'm so excited to learn that it was actually Sophie! Congratulations! That artwork is the best part of my commute. Thank you Sophie, for being a lovely inspiration!

  • P1NKY

    P1NKY from P1NKY said 7 years ago

    Sophie!!! I LOVE YOU! Your art is so beautiful! Thank U!

  • malam

    Malam from Malam said 7 years ago

    I found Sophie's shop recently by chance, and just love each and every illustration. It's actually to hard to choose ;-)

  • VeloNoir

    Christine Rimorin from VeloNoir said 7 years ago

    This brings a smile to my face and warms my heart. The «Missed Connections» book makes a lovely valentine to the city of New York.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    How very sweet, its funny how these little interactions on a daily basis lend such unexpected impact on our lives...

  • ImpactStudio

    Mary Catherine from ImpactStudio said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing. It means so much to see someone inspired by quirky little moments that are usually lost in a bustling world.

  • RedThreadArt

    RedThreadArt from RedThreadArt said 7 years ago

    What an incredibly lovely person! Thanks for sharing~

  • RenaissanceDays

    Janeane Wilbur from ArtByJaneane said 7 years ago

    I love this artist and have been aware of her work for quite some time. This video is marvelous and gives much more insight to the artist's character, life and work. I absolutely love her illustrations and how she represents people. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  • ChezMargot

    ChezMargot from ChezMargotVintage said 7 years ago

    A beautiful video interview, I really love Sophie's work.

  • somsstudiosupplies

    Som from somsstudiosupplies said 7 years ago

    Just. Plain. Amazed.

  • krize

    Kristina Sabaite from krize said 7 years ago

    So wonderful and amazing story! I love her illustrations!

  • ericawalker

    Erica Walker from EricaWalkerJewelry said 7 years ago

    beautiful and inspiring. thank you.

  • KingdomKards

    Laurie Tiscione from KingdomKards said 7 years ago

    Absolutely lovely!

  • raredesignshop

    Nesli Ceylan from NesliCeylan said 7 years ago

    WUUU TALENTED GİRL!

  • sherrytruitt

    sherry truitt from sherrytruitt said 7 years ago

    oh, the possibilities....lovely.

  • CandidaEtc

    candida pagan from CandidaEtc said 7 years ago

    This video is very sweet, I'm excited to learn of an artist who is new to me and creates such thoughtful illustrations!

  • sianykitty

    Siany from sianykitty said 7 years ago

    beautiful, she has a sense of humor and very sensitive illustration

  • audreytolove

    Kristian Jessie Jessie from KristianJessie said 7 years ago

    beautiful works. She's my favourite seller.

  • RedbirdCottageArt

    Dawn from dawndermanart said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work. Very inspiring.

  • minouette

    Ele from minouette said 7 years ago

    I love her illustrations! Great little short film.

  • snowflakedesign

    snowflakedesign from snowflakedesign said 7 years ago

    One of my favorite Etsy shops! A great talent, and so inspiring.

  • SilkoftheTrade

    Theresa Jackson from SilkoftheTrade said 7 years ago

    Absolutely loved the Video! I found myself smiling and enjoying her poetic story of how she comes up with her beautiful water color! Thank you for bringing this to us! Theresa

  • caitlihne

    cathy from caitlihne said 7 years ago

    Great video and great illustration.

  • MadAboutColour

    Joanne Scantlebury Muckart from MadAboutColour said 7 years ago

    WoW! Joyful, Inspiring video! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  • AvasYellowRainBoots

    April Foss from AvasYellowRainBoots said 7 years ago

    What beautiful illustrations, such imagination!

  • rueparis

    Linda from dearhazel said 7 years ago

    this is beautiful!

  • TinfenaStudio

    linda Tinfena from TinfenaStudio said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful post! I've looked at these beautiful, whimsical illustrations before and found them so enchanting ! It is such a great idea and they fit the captions perfectly and the one in the subway with all the passengers leaning a little bit, that's brilliant !

  • GiftsWithCharm

    Cristina C from GiftsWithCharm said 7 years ago

    Absolutely fabulous!!!!!! Makes me miss NYC even more :o(

  • vintageparis

    Michelle Nathan from vintageparis said 7 years ago

    Wow, inspiring video. I adore your work. Definitely makes me want to be in NYC. Thanks for sharing your passion!

  • tokidoki57

    tokidoki57 from tokidoki57 said 7 years ago

    I love it! wonderful video and amazing artwork :)

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies from BanglewoodSupplies said 7 years ago

    Awesome Video.

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld said 7 years ago

    I lover her illustrations and her lettering style!

  • accidentalcharm

    Sandra Park-Callaghan from accidentalcharm said 7 years ago

    saw this video featured over at the atlantic! so awesome! <3 <3 <3 <3

  • MissHildebrandt

    Miss Hildebrandt from MissHildebrandt said 7 years ago

    I remember someone giving me the what for for drawing them on a bus. Careful! Great work, love the detail.

  • LizzyClara

    Dale Coykendall from LizzyClara said 7 years ago

    One of my favorite artists!!Brilliant

  • SavantDesign

    Su Ferguson from SavantDesign said 7 years ago

    So happy to watch and listen to someone so immersed in her art. Lovely, lovely art, it draws you in and makes you want to see the people in real life. Thoroughly enjoyed the video, thank you.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Congrats on your book and work! Love it!

  • treesinterabithia

    Anne Kirk from HeathandMoor said 7 years ago

    WOW. This is such a good idea. I love the concept and the art to match is fantastic! Congratulations on your success!!

  • BlueMoonLights

    Alexandra Simons from BlueMoonLights said 7 years ago

    Great post! Thank you!

  • CabinCastle

    Melinda Downing from CabinCastle said 7 years ago

    I am totally smitten with your beautiful art. Makes me stop and smile each time I come across one of your pieces. So lovely.

  • GenniandGina

    Genni Simon from GenniandGina said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful video and what beautiful paintings. I'm always quite enamored with watercolor as I have absolutely no talent for it. So inspiring.

  • MiBEShab

    A.mina S. from Tuaregtales said 7 years ago

    I swear, I'm in love with the organized scenic chaos of the Art!!!!!!

  • ZenBrush

    ZenBrush from ZenBrush said 7 years ago

    ♥♥♥♥One of my favorite artists. Thanks for letting us know she is on etsy!

  • blufaerie

    Tishana Trainor from bluknotsoriginals said 7 years ago

    These are so quirky, whimsical, and fun! Kudos!

  • TDORO

    Nogah Rotstein from TDORO said 7 years ago

    i was so excited today to walk onto the F train at 14th street in Manhattan and see Sophie Blackall's beautiful poster hanging right above me! what a treat to be lit up by such a colorful piece on a cold, dreary NY day. this made my ride so much more pleasant :)

  • teryyo

    Tery from teryyo said 7 years ago

    Just awesome! What creativity and talent!

  • PolClary

    PolClary from PolClary said 7 years ago

    So touching and fun. Though I have to say I laughed at the fact that you always want to draw animals in clothing.

  • thecityfolklore

    Mary Rose from thecityfolklore said 7 years ago

    Such an amazing artist. I had a great time watching the video and am lovely her drawings! Congratulations to her and, as always, thanks for sharing!!

  • ArtMind

    Mitsy from ArtMind said 7 years ago

    Beautiful story! If you look at the artwork and then close your eyes, the characters are actually coming to live. Loved seeing the process and the result is very powerful. I love the bear suit story too! Two halves of a whole... so beautiful Sophie! Congrats on the project and sharing your art!

  • UniversesApprentice

    brenda sutton from UniversesApprentice said 7 years ago

    I love NYC too. I go into the city to go to the Art Students League and enjoy the entire commute. From the train from NJ to the NY subways...the whole thing is so cultural. YOUR WORK IS WONDERFUL! Great story...very inspirational!

  • TheMillineryShop

    Marcia Lacher from TheMillineryShop said 7 years ago

    I hope that the person who purchased the Strand missed connection, purchased it because they finally connected.

  • KaylaEJenkins

    Kayla Jenkins from ClowderNine said 7 years ago

    Sophie Blackall is haunting me!! Shortly after I had the idea to do a major series based on Missed Connections, I discovered her work and cried because my idea had already been executed so beautifully by someone else. But why wouldn't it be? Missed Connections posts are such a wealth of inspiration. I went through with the project anyway: http://kaylajenkins.com/missedconnections ...but her work has been following me ever since. It's even there on my daily commute on the F train now! Such a perfect fit for the MTA's Arts for Transit posters--I just wish I could enjoy looking at it without feeling such fierce jealousy! (although our projects are visually very very different from one another)

  • L2Country

    L2Country from L2Country said 7 years ago

    excellent article...I really enjoyed this!

  • gweyen

    Gwen Schroeder said 7 years ago

    I'm so happy that you all have enjoyed Sophie's story and artwork as much as I do. It was such a lovely coincidence that we approached Sophie for the handmade portrait right around the same time the MTA asked her to create the Art Card. It's a nice reminder that for every connection that's missed, there's one made!

  • WaveSong

    ev from WaveSong said 7 years ago

    inspired me.

  • beehbrown

    Hannah Bee from beehbrown said 7 years ago

    Great video. Wonderful work! <3

  • KitKatCabaret

    KitKatCabaret from KitKatCabaret said 7 years ago

    Just love the creativity, thoughtfulness, and colours

  • HoneyBeeHolistics

    Melissa from HoneyBeeHolistics said 7 years ago

    Wonderful! Reminds me of the old time photos of men riding the bicycles with the one big wheel in the front! A picture does tell you so much!

  • GlassGranny

    Karen Derkos from GlassGranny said 7 years ago

    Very nice - I sent the link to my daughter who is in New York now, she will love it. Thanks!

  • DuryeaPlaceDesigns

    J Doctor from DuryeaPlaceDesigns said 7 years ago

    Great video. Love the romantic mystery behind the artwork.

  • PonderingSeedsofHope

    PonderingSeedsofHope from PonderingSeedsofHope said 7 years ago

    Fun video! I can relate a lot by living near Tokyo, riding on the trains and subways. The world itself is " on the trains"...

  • RaquelCortinas

    Raquel Cortinas said 7 years ago

    Me encanta!!!! creo que eres una persona muy creativa. Felicidades por poder trabajar de lo que te gusta... Mucha suerte!!!

  • EwingRussell

    Ewing Russell said 7 years ago

    Agreed with PonderingSeedsofHope.

  • RaquelCortinas

    Raquel Cortinas said 7 years ago

    I love it! I think you're a very creative person. Congratulations on being able to work what you like ... Good luck!

  • ephemerascenti

    Dana from ephemerascenti said 7 years ago

    this video seems to have captured the essence of both the artist and the project! well done! i just love Sophie Blackall's work, it's so imaginative and tender! can't wait to see what characters are inspired by several old paper mache animal masks she bought from our etsy store! so genuine, so beautiful! congratulations Sophie!

  • JenMcLamb

    Jennifer Stephenson McLamb from JenMcLamb said 7 years ago

    I wanna be the girl with the Golden Swan bike! Love Sophie's work!

  • WunderWalls

    Jenny Anderson from WunderWalls said 7 years ago

    Stunning. Wonderful story...beautiful illustrations. Thank you.

  • Soles

    Sol Maldonado from Soles said 7 years ago

    que lindura! thanks!

  • junkgarden

    junkgarden from junkgarden said 7 years ago

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your work!

  • PurpleToedGypsy

    PurpleToedGypsy from PurpleToedGypsy said 7 years ago

    what a wonderful story! Thank you for showing this very touching video. The photography was very good, it was cut just perfectly. I love her voice, and how intimate her description is...particularly the confession about almost always wanting to put clothes on the animals! I love it.

  • FieldsOfVintage

    Fields Of Vintage from FieldsOfVintage said 7 years ago

    OMG, love love Sophie Blackall art and her story is so genuinely original. love it

  • Donauluft

    Viktoria from Donauluft said 7 years ago

    what an inspiring and touching story! really enjoyed to watch this! Thanks!!!

  • barbdunshee

    Barbara Dunshee from barbdunshee said 7 years ago

    I love how she loves her peeps!

  • spontaneousreality

    Spontaneous Reality from spontaneousreality said 7 years ago

    your a beautiful soul sophie & your work is magical!

  • eozbrownie

    eozbrownie from eozbrownie said 7 years ago

    I love it. Great video, and what great work Sophia Blackall is doing!

  • dewdropdaisies

    Pam from dewdropdaisies said 7 years ago

    Enjoyed this very much! Thanks for sharing this work! :~)

  • loraxxmrf

    loraxxmrf said 7 years ago

    I was so moved by this piece. Sophia's drawings were so eye catching, heart warming and enjoyable to experience. She has a real talent for capturing the gems inside people. I'm thrilled you highlighted her talents. Thanks!

  • photographicamy

    Amy from PhotographicAmy said 7 years ago

    It was wonderful to see Sophie in action! A wonderful reminder to look up and be aware! Just lovely!

  • divinalocura

    Maril from DivinaLocura said 7 years ago

    i love that romantic feeling around your work ... and the way you make an everyday travel a special one .... beautiful music by the way....

  • NotYoMommasHandbag

    Ellen from NotYoMommasHandbag said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful story......inspirational.....smiles

  • LindaLWeeks

    LindaLWeeks from LindaLWeeks said 7 years ago

    thank you for the video: thank Sophie Blackall for making the wonderful art: thank you ETSY for giving us all inspiration. I am so glad there are such beautiful things in the world.

  • TaylorArts

    Christine and Marc from TaylorArts said 7 years ago

    How sweet!! Love. Love. Love. Great illustrations. Great message. Had to chuckle at the part about liking to illustrate animals, but is ashamed to say that she often wants to put clothes on them. Makes me feel better about my dog photo with large rabbit ears, etc. Such wonderful human spirit shown here. Thanks to all involved.

  • nikiartstudio

    Niki Lopez from nikiartstudio said 7 years ago

    nice video, love the work. Whimsical characters, and congrats on the book illustrations and MTA work

  • dslookkin

    Dawn Stewart-Lookkin from dslookkin said 7 years ago

    So amazing + moving! I actually saw this illustration in the subway a couple times in the past week or so and was so intrigued to look at it closer. Thank you for the lovely back story! xox

  • Fishstikks

    Fishstikks from Fishstikks said 7 years ago

    Wonderful video, made me want to go somewhere and ride a suway to some magical place. It's also wonderful to realize that there are others out there reading the missed connections on Craigslist and seeing these fabulous stories take place but by putting them to paper as Sophie has makes me feel all gooey inside. Thank you!

  • remusa65

    remusa65 from ReinasStudioBrides said 7 years ago

    I love the video and your art work too. You are very talented.

  • orsinimedici1951

    Elsie Collins from ThistleCottageStudio said 7 years ago

    What a sweet, sweet story, and such a lovely lady!! Brilliant, clever, artwork, that really captures the minutiae and idiosyncrasies of life!!

  • amd5207

    Amanda Dunfee said 7 years ago

    Beautiful, what a very lovely way of looking at the world. Excellent work! I can express how this video and art work made me smile.

  • MimiBoutique

    Gailene McGhee St.Amand from MimiBoutique said 7 years ago

    I love this work. You were great and your artwork is Beautiful. I have been in New Jersey/New York for 10 years and am returning to New Orleans in a few months. Watching your video makes me want to stay. I love that your artwork is in the subway. AWESOME!!!! XOXO Success to you and your work.

  • TodoPapel

    TodoPapel from TodoPapel said 7 years ago

    What and inspiring interview I am extremely lucky to be able to admire and enjoy Sophie's work on my daily commute to work. I wish her continues success. Thank you for sharing her talents with us in this magnificent video.

  • bellta

    Pennapa Shotlersuk from Belltastudio said 7 years ago

    Wow!!! very nice it beautiful ^.^

  • SassyStylin

    Lori O from SassyStylin said 7 years ago

    I love Art in the subways. I totally appreciate this & will definitely buy the book & subscribe to her blog! Last time I really really liked the NYC subway art I looked up the artist & found they had written books. Subway Chicks (2004) Tanen/Hagen. It portrays tiny yellow chicks celebrating the opening day of the subway. http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/artwork_show?149 I loved it so much I bought and sent "Hatched" as gifts to expecting mother friends & bought "Appetite for Detention" for myself. I have to get the entire collection! Thanks for making that much more enjoyable! P.S. I love to read Missed Connections (sometimes I wonder if someone will be wishing they had talked to me!) ha : )

  • YOURDAILYJEWELS

    norah downey from YourDailyJewels said 7 years ago

    I rode the trains for 25 years when I lived in NYC. It was my preferred way of travel even once I could afford the occasional taxi. Even in the Summer, there is something about the putrid smell of the subway that is comforting. There is a comfort in being in such close quarters, with so many people of different shapes, sizes, ages, backgrounds, and all experiencing the same thing, if even for a fleeting moment. I am looking so forward to this book! Thank you!

  • mintlilly

    Elisa Gudsteinsdottir from mintlilly said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful story, and lovely artwork!

  • melindahaines

    Melinda Haines said 7 years ago

    Just lovely, thank you

  • rietakeda

    Rie Takeda from NeoJaponismAtelier said 7 years ago

    Great! How positively inspiring!! Thank you.

  • Sugarwriter

    Sonia Park said 7 years ago

    Lovely! I love how you use "Muk" to base colour the picture. It's brilliant!

  • Sugarwriter

    Sonia Park said 7 years ago

    Lovely! I love how you use "Muk" for the base shadow colour. It's a brillant idea.

  • TerraCasa

    TerraCasa from TerraCasa said 7 years ago

    I love her blog! So glad to see it featured here on Etsy!

  • TheHolidayBowtique

    Andrea Keefe from TheHolidayBowtique said 7 years ago

    What an artist! Great job....

  • MissHildebrandt

    Miss Hildebrandt from MissHildebrandt said 7 years ago

    If you love someone, set them free. If they are meant to be yours they will without a doubt come back. Not a huge fan of the missconnection ramble. With the time one uses to write it, edit it then post it, I'd rather see them climbing a new mountain or something.

  • tomsgrossmami

    Tom's Grossmami from tomsgrossmami said 7 years ago

    Aw! Thats great!

  • tomsgrossmami

    Tom's Grossmami from tomsgrossmami said 7 years ago

    Aw! That's great! Love this story and the paintings.

  • DesignedByAudrey

    Designed By Audrey from DesignedByAudrey said 7 years ago

    I really enjoyed watching the video and your work is absolutely wonderful.

  • Zalavintage

    Zane Saracene from Zalavintage said 7 years ago

    Love this! Great inspiration. I'll enjoy the art on my daily 5 stop commute. My missed connection (passing on the street for years) turned into the love of my life when meeting years later at a mutual friend's 2 year old's birthday party, we couldn't take our eyes off each other from across the room... In the spirit of true love everywhere on valentines day, your true connection could be right around the corner

  • dcdog

    Deana Vermillion said 7 years ago

    yes. can i steal this? lol

  • tashata

    Tasha Tashata said 7 years ago

    Beautiful story and amazing video! Thank you very much!

  • DelilahsAttic

    Madeleine Keller from ThoseGoodVibrations said 7 years ago

    the handmade portraits videos are always so cool, and this is no exception! i love how she based the characters in the painting off of real people!

  • leathercrafts1

    leather crafts from leathercrafts1 said 7 years ago

    I LOVE YOUR WORK :))

  • LizzesBeautifulArt

    Elizabeth Chambers from LizzesBeautifulArt said 7 years ago

    Inspiring love it xxx

  • TheDapperDeer

    Lydia Sharp from TheDapperDeer said 7 years ago

    What medium does she use specifically. I can see watercolor...but what type of ink. I'm really interested in doing more with illustration, but I never know what type of ink to use. Thanks!

  • tinako92

    Tina said 7 years ago

    I'm so glad Etsy did a video on this. That portrait is just so lovely and I stare and analyze at it everytime i saw it on the train...

  • soranagallery

    Jena C from BedQuilts said 7 years ago

    Sophie, what talent you have. I wish I could visit NYC and ride the subway - just once. I liked the video a lot etsy produced. I think etsy is a tremendous asset to the internet and you have inspired others to be a great illustrator as well. I truly enjoy coming to etsy to find these gems and am happy to be apart of such a collaboration of talent on etsy. Let's keep it that way.

  • goosegrease

    Anna and Juan Donado from goosegrease said 7 years ago

    I see this painting on almost every train! (we live in brooklyn). I'm so glad to hear the story. Thanks for sharing!

  • Waterrose

    Rose Waterrose from Waterrose said 5 years ago

    Thanks for putting this into today's email...I never saw this before and it is wonderful. Beautiful work...and what a fun project!

  • JewelryHandmadeMy

    Ievgen Tanchuk and My Friends from JewelryHandmadeMy said 5 years ago

    That's interesting. Reminiscent of the style of 20-30 years, or even folk art, that's fine too.

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