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We had a chat with Sophie and took a look at the rest of her illustration work...
Describe you practice/style:
I definitely have a lot of fun when I illustrate and I know when I truly love a piece because I feel excited every time I sit down to work on it. My pieces usually stem from a concept that’s been evolving in my mind over time, I have a very visual imagination and as soon as I create a character or scenario in my head I try to get it down on to paper. I work in a very methodical and precise way with a range of media, mostly gouache and watercolour, using a tiny paintbrush and a steady hand. I am definitely a perfectionist.
What inspires you?
Most of my work is inspired by human nature; I am very interested in both the physical human body and our minds. The tiny space we occupy in the universe fascinates me and I often work with astrological concepts, looking at humanity’s relationship with the earth and other planets. Music is another massive influence, I feed off it’s energy and vibrancy whilst I work, it’s something very important in my life. Visually I’m inspired by folk art, symbols and patterns from all different cultures, including from my own Caribbean heritage, but it’s important to me that my style remains unique and comes naturally from myself.
Which direction do you wish to take your work/career?
Currently everything I do is very small, I’d love to start working on a larger mural scale and living in Bristol I’m in the perfect place to try that! As music is such a big part of my work I want to start doing more illustration within the music industry, again Bristol lends itself perfectly to that. Now it’s just all about exhibiting, commissions and getting my work and myself recognised so I can keep creating and keep earning money!