Sophie Minto is a contract illustrator at the moment residing in South West England, whose work represents her deep fascination with the outside and nature, usually impressed by journey.
Rising up by the ocean, a lot of her concepts are based mostly on reminiscences of standard adventures on the water or exploring native landscapes.
“I grew up in a seaside city and spent a lot of my childhood exterior,” she tells Digital Arts. “I all the time discover myself being pulled to reminiscences from my hometown for ideas associated to the ocean and out of doors adventures.
“I additionally actually love being wherever within the Mediterranean and all the time assume again to earlier holidays for brand new topic issues. Summer time is certainly my favorite season and that is usually proven in my work. Having all the time been fascinated with journey, I take advantage of my artwork to point out locations that I’ve both been to earlier than or would love to go to.”
Sophie”s first job straight out of college was working in a stationery design studio, the place she illustrated something from photographs for greetings playing cards to repeat patterns for wrapping paper.
“I made numerous buddies there and on a regular basis was nice enjoyable. I learnt a lot and it was additionally an enormous bonus to see my work on sale in outlets too. I then had a job as a photographer and stylist for a yr.
“It was nice to discover my curiosity in images and uncover a lot extra about compositions and styling. Nevertheless, I quickly began to grasp how a lot I missed illustrating and took the plunge to develop into a contract illustrator!”
Sophie begins her items with a easy freehand sketch and goes on to vectorise and construct color digitally. All of her work exhibits a watercolour aesthetic that she layers with brush instruments to make her work look extra pure to the setting she is illustrating.
“Once I first began drawing, I all the time used to do very labour intensive pencil drawings. I cherished shading and build up layers and textures. It was solely after I was at college that I learnt how to attract digitally and I used to be immediately hooked – the choice to undo was a revelation to me!
“I now use Photoshop to mix my digital drawings with hand painted textures and construct up particulars in layers. I attempt to maintain a recent and minimal really feel to my work. A few of my aesthetic has advanced from my admiration for French style illustration – I actually just like the simplicity and fluidity of the shapes.
“That mentioned, my principal influences and favorite illustrators must be David Doran, Tom Haugomat and Henry Rivers.”
A partial shopper listing that Sophie has illustrated for previously contains Marks & Spencer, Laura Ashley, Viva Journal and Waterstones journal.
“A current shopper undertaking I’ve performed was to create yoga and well-being illustrations for a big UK retailer. I actually cherished the temporary as I practise yoga day by day and felt I may actually join with the message behind it. I’m wanting ahead to revealing the work later this yr when it has been printed!
“An actual favorite private undertaking I took half in in the meantime was ‘Bon Voyage Week’ on Instagram. It was a seven day problem to comply with the prompts set by artists to attract something journey and journey associated.
“It was nice to problem myself to assume otherwise from the prompts and see what a number of different artists created too.”