Q&A WITH GIRL BOSS ILLUSTRATOR SOPHIE BRAMPTON
1. We love your super femme and sassy signature illustrations. Can you describe your aesthetic in 3 words?
Sassy, sexy, girls!
2. What is a typical day in the life of Sophie Brampton like?
I’m the worst morning person so probably roll out of bed around 10, food, check emails, reply, work on some commissions! I’m usually working on them until late at night as my brain seems more alive with ideas the later it gets. I’m a night owl.
3. What made you get into digital art/illustration?
Drawing has always been my favourite thing in life and I go days craving it if I haven’t created in a while- is that weird? But I never thought of it as a possible career choice, until in my last year of uni when I picked up a graphics tablet! I knew basic photoshop skills so literally found it a fancy way of using Microsoft paint like when I was younger. I love that I can create any colour I like so easily and use different brushes with just a click. I do miss physical painting however and I’m looking to get back into it at some point.
4. Who/what is your biggest inspiration as an artist?
My biggest inspiration as an artist is my gran who is an amazing watercolour landscape artist back in my hometown in Devon. I’ve always had creative people around me growing up and they’ve always encouraged me wanting to pursue art as a career and I couldn’t be more thankful for that. For my personal work, I was mainly inspired by Riot Grrl and 90’s zines that I discovered at uni. Women like Kathleen Hanna starting this movement for girls to just rant and show their emotions through making little scrap book style magazines as a political statement against the patriarchy. I love it!
5. Do you have any tips for other girls trying to make it in the industry?
Just be yourself and find your own style, making work that means something to you personally. Try to connect with other artists and use social media positively, you’ll also make some great friends on the way! I did a lot of work for free starting out which I would recommend doing if you don’t have a portfolio. This can be really helpful but make sure you’re getting something amazing out of it! It could be that you’ll be featured in a zine – most of these are non profit unfortunately but you’ll be able to gain connections and create work that will ultimately get you clients.
6. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
I got made redundant at the start of the year after I was at a job for two weeks- lol. Everyone told me to work on my art during my time off and that’s ultimately how I started out freelancing. Everything happens for a reason and you have to make it work for you! Be selfish - it could be the start of what you want to do in life.
7. What’s your essentials on a night out with the Girls?
Red lipstick, tequila shots and a maccy’s at the end of the night. I know you want to come out with me now.
8. What does the term ‘Girl Power’ mean to you?
It means supporting other girls to be the best they can be and not viewing them as your competition. Something that annoys me on nights out is girls that judge what you’re wearing or just generally give you a dirty look for no reason. We need to rise above the media and the distorted views on body image that we are all brainwashed with. Every girl is powerful.
9. Who are your fav Instagram gals that are making waves that we need to follow?
@curvy_roamer, @pieandfash, @mollieroseuk, @rinasonline, @kittycowell, to name a few.
10. If you could collab with anyone who would it be?
Playboy, we’d make a feminist erotica mag aimed at women. Playgirl?
11. Tell us three of your favourite tunes you are currently listening to that help you get the job done?
From my ‘recently played’ on Spotify I have- Deadcrush by Alt-J, Quit by Ariana Grande and Cashmere Cat and Dua Lipa- Bad Together.
12. What is next on the agenda for a girl boss like yourself?
I’ve worked on some artwork for a few EP’s this year and can’t wait for those to come out so I can share! Hopefully finding some more amazing collaborations and working with some cool brands.
Thanks so much Sophie, we think you are mega and are looking forward to seeing what sass you serve in the next few months <3
Don’t miss out! Be sure to follow Sophie on Instagram: @sophierosebrampton Check out her website on www.sophierosebrampton.co.uk