Not all vampires sparkle in the sunlight, but they can sure act like they’re warmblooded. That’s what the talented artist Julia Loopstra wants to show the world with her amusing cartoon ‘Vampire Boyfriend.’ The cartoon, drawn in a very unique and pleasant style, details the relationship between Peg and her boyfriend Neculai who is a vampire (the hint is in his name).

Bored Panda reached out to Julia to talk to her about her work, her inspiration, as well as her hopes and dreams. So scroll down for the interview to learn more about the artist, enjoy her drawings and upvotes your favorites! Let us know what you think of Julia’s illustrations in the comments, and remember to share this post with your vampire-loving friends.

More info: julialoopstra.com | Vampire Boyfriend | Instagram (Comics) | Instagram (Art) | Twitter

#1

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

Neon Petra 1 month ago

I laughed way too hard here.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#2

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

Colin Leetham 1 month ago

Aw..... who's a deadly predator?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#3

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

Neon Petra 1 month ago

Cute!

View more comments

“A lot of my inspiration comes from classic children’s book illustrations like the work of Edward Gorey and Quentin Blake,” 25-year-old Julia from California talked to Bored Panda about what motivates and inspires her to draw. “Artists who are able to balance childlike sweetness with human oddity are my favorite, so in my own work I enjoy combining colorful watercolor with my own sarcastic and somewhat dark sense of humor.”

#4

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

GodOfHyperdeath 1 month ago

Lol

View more comments
#5

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

Ale_Vidal23 1 month ago

had to google the Story behind the valentines day

View More Replies...
View more comments
#6

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

Daria Z 1 month ago

I'd say this pedestal looks very natural with a cat on top :D

View more comments

“When I was still in grade school I didn’t really consider being an artist despite the fact that I was constantly working on various self-driven artistic projects, like drawing detailed treasure maps, sewing clothes for my toys, or building miniature fairy houses out of sticks and pine needles.”

#7

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

AloofFox 1 month ago

Awwwww... he could be a motivational speaker!!

View more comments
#8

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

Kahlo Smith 1 month ago

That was sweet of Neculai! Besides, these games are always rigged.

View more comments
#9

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

GodOfHyperdeath 1 month ago

You’d bat-ter believe it

View More Replies...
View more comments

“I used to draw little comic strips and have doodle wars with friends but I didn’t really consider art seriously until I was approached by one of my high school teachers who encouraged me to look into art school,” Julia revealed her winding path towards artistic mastery.

#10

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

GodOfHyperdeath 1 month ago

No bones about it.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#11

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

Kahlo Smith 1 month ago

I really appreciate how well this conveys what works about their relationship: Neculai is jaded and miserable, but Peg brings joy and light back into his life <3

View more comments
#12

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

ADHORTATOR 1 month ago

She does not, and she doesn't care :-)

View more comments

“In my experience, it’s important for an artist to make work that speaks to them rather than trying to fit into a specific artistic box,” she gave advice to other artists. “When we’re starting out and still trying to find our artistic voices, it’s tempting to think: “How would a more successful artist approach this?” But I’ve always found that I make my best work when I consider: “How would I approach this?”

#13

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

ADHORTATOR 1 month ago (edited)

The Queen of his cold heart....

#14

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

GodOfHyperdeath 1 month ago

Love at first sight....or is it bite?

View More Replies...
View more comments
#15

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

Neon Petra 1 month ago

Yeah, Stan!

View more comments

“In terms of making comics, the things I usually think will be popular are the ones that flop. When I made Vampire Boyfriend, it was a short series meant to make me and my buddy laugh, but I got such an overwhelmingly positive response from people that I’ve just kept making them and it’s turned into much more than I ever imagined.”

#16

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

GodOfHyperdeath 1 month ago

I feel like that in the second square, it’s the classic villain scene of “well, well, well...what do we have here?”

View more comments
#17

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

GodOfHyperdeath 1 month ago

I like this guy.

View More Replies...
View more comments
#18

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

ZANDA 1 month ago

Very thoughtful indeed :D

View more comments

The high-energy artist exclaimed that she’s always working on various projects and is incredibly busy. “I make weekly comics like Vampire Boyfriend, but I’m also painting, embroidering, and writing. I’d eventually like to work in children’s literature, as that’s where my love of drawing began.”

“In my spare time I love swing dancing, podcasts, and collecting teeny tiny odd knick-knacks,” she added.

#19

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

See Also on Bored Panda
#20

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

IzzieM 1 month ago

Hehehe, bloodletting was en vogue! He must have been a poplar physician then.

View more comments
#21

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

ZANDA 1 month ago

Honesty! <3

View more comments
#22

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

Daria Z 1 month ago

But a pendant won't make you warm ;)

View More Replies...
View more comments
#23

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

glowworm2 1 month ago

Peg is so sweet!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#24

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

D. Pitbull 1 month ago

BWAHAHAHAHAHHA - it's a county fair - he could even go as a country-goth

View more comments
#25

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

D. Pitbull 1 month ago

He ain't wrong...

View more comments
#26

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

ZANDA 1 month ago

Cat demon accidentally summoned

View more comments
#27

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

Neon Petra 1 month ago

I'm interested on what he thinks of Harry Potter.

See Also on Bored Panda
#28

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

GodOfHyperdeath 1 month ago

That’s my whole day right there

View More Replies...
View more comments
#29

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

Kathy Baylis 1 month ago

Why Nec, you frisky little bloodsucker you.

View more comments
#30

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

D. Pitbull 1 month ago

In the second panel where he's gazing out the window - he looks a whole lot like Dream/The Sandman

View More Replies...
View more comments
#31

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

GodOfHyperdeath 1 month ago

Well that was a CATastrophe

#32

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

D. Pitbull 1 month ago

Wow... okay... if instead of a nostalgic photograph we could get masterpiece canvas oil paintings (in which the artist ALWAYS makes the people look better than real life anyhow) - Oil painting please!!!

View More Replies...
View more comments
#33

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

AloofFox 1 month ago

Ewwww being alive!! gross.

View more comments
#34

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

ZANDA 1 month ago

Luckily, today's smartphones have selfie cameras so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of a mirror :)

View More Replies...
View more comments
#35

Vampire-Comics

Julia Loopstra Report

Sean Reynolds 1 month ago

meeting the family be like this