Sophia Watts (she/her) is a designer and illustrator from Nottingham

Sophia Watts (she/her) is a designer and illustrator from Nottingham. She graduated from Leeds Arts University with a first class honours degree in Illustration and is currently based in South West London where she lives with her girlfriend.

Sophia's passions include animals, food and travel, themes that feature prominently in her work. She particularly enjoys creating scenes that capture the true essence of the places she visits, adding in the small nuances that make each location unique.  

We’ve delved a little deeper in our Q&A below, enjoy!…

When did you start illustrating?

I have loved drawing for as long as I can remember, but decided to pursue a career in illustration/design when I was a teenager.

Who has been the most supportive in your illustration career, perhaps your teacher, family, friends?

I’m very lucky to have a really supportive family who encouraged me to be creative when I was young, as it was the thing I enjoyed most. My friends and girlfriend are also really supportive of my work, and often help me with ideas :)

Did you always think art was something that was going to be a major part of your life?

Yes, although I didn’t think I would necessarily have an ‘arty’ job. I knew it was something I would always enjoy as a hobby, and I’m very grateful that I’ve been able to do both!

What is your favourite subject matter to illustrate?

Anything and everything! At the moment I am travelling Central America with my girlfriend, so my work reflects a lot of the places I’ve visited. I like capturing moments and details which make each place unique. I also love animals, so they usually feature in my illustrations somewhere.

How would you describe your style?

I’d say my style is based on using a combination of shapes and line to create detailed illustrations. I often use complimentary and/or aesthetically pleasing colours to achieve this.

What is your favourite collaboration to date?

My favourite collaboration to date is my cloth classics book covers for Penguin Random House Children’s. I particularly loved illustrating the cover for Watership Down!

What interested you about being represented by Illo Agency?

Having worked as a book designer I’ve been familiar with Illo agency for a few years and admired their approach to signing a diverse range of artists. I’m excited to be a part of such an inclusive agency.

Do you have a favourite author, film director, or designer?

I really admire the work of Georgina Leung (chop_stick_n_poke). She’s a tattoo designer, and creates beautiful designs using details of line and colour.

Are you working on any personal projects you can share with us?

I’m currently working on some illustrations inspired by the places I’ve visited in Mexico, which will be ready to share very soon!

Do you listen to podcasts? If so, do you have a favourite?

In all honesty I’m much more likely to listen to music rather than a podcast especially while I’m drawing, as it helps me get in the zone.

If you’d like more info, please contact: [email protected]

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