how it all began

Drawn for You was created in summer 2013 by Santa Monica-based artist Julia Gomelsky. It is a custom illustration service that specializes in artwork for you, your partner, your friends, your parents, your coworkers, your kids, your pets and anyone else in your life that deserves to be reminded of why they’re special!

Looking for a thoughtful wedding gift for your best friend? A fun birthday present for your 9 -year old niece? Or how about a quirky housewarming gift for the gal that loves karaoke? Then a Drawn for You custom illustrated print makes a unique, fun and memorable gift any day of the year.

Illustrations make unique gifts

Forget about giving your pal another drab sweater for her birthday, or your loved one a useless trinket. Instead, give the gift of a special, custom illustration that will be sure to make them smile! Here are a few gift ideas:

  • Holiday gift
  • Valentine's Day gift
  • Mother's Day gift
  • Father's Day gift
  • Just because
  • Birthday gift
  • Housewarming gift
  • Pet lover's gift
  • Children's gift
  • Wedding gift
  • Anniversary gift
Julia at the Clarence Hotel, Dublin

Julia at the Clarence Hotel, Dublin

about julia

Julia Gomelsky spent more than a decade working as a web designer in San Francisco and Los Angeles at companies such as Yahoo and Citysearch. Taking a leap of faith, she left her day job behind in spring 2013 to pursue her creative projects full time. She always had a knack for clever illustrations, particularly for drawing loony animals with strange habits—a specialty that grew into a t-shirt and greeting card line called My Pet Croc. Next, Julia tried her hand at drawing people. Her first effort was a book she illustrated about the life and loves of her twin sister, Victoria. After receiving much praise and encouragement, she launched Drawn for You.

In addition to illustrating, Julia spends her free time photographing two fun-loving dolls named Paige and Ginger, experimenting with mixed media (primarily paper mache on canvas) and pursuing an assortment of creative projects that collectively fall under the Vijous label (the name is a combination of her and her twin’s names).