Dear Wandering Mermaids 💜✨
This week I was super lucky and got to interview freelance illustrator Sophie Rose Brampton. Sophie is the absolute Queen of Girl Power illustrations and she is a Queen on the rise. Sophie talked about female empowerment, fashion and her inspirations – I have certainly been left inspired after our chat.
💜✨ Sophie, I absolutely adore your work! What made you get into digital art?
Thank you! Well I’ve always loved painting, drawing and everything creative but it wasn’t until my last year of Uni that I discovered a graphics tablet and decided to attempt drawing on Photoshop. I’m not the most experienced at Photoshop or Illustrator but with the basic brushes it was really easy to create something with a style that I loved. From then I worked on this style constantly and that became the start of my freelance journey!
I’m inspired by current fashion trends, queer fashion, women’s sexuality, femininity and
feelings. I also love using quotes that express my feelings in some way, whether it’s about boys, sex or slut shaming.
Power to you?
Girl power to me is working with and supporting other women to bring out the best in all of us. The media makes out every women is against one another and is ‘competition’ but we know that us girls need to stick together. I love working with small brands that are run by women!
💜✨ I love that you draw strong, sassy, confident women. Who’s a strong
woman in your life and why do they inspire you?
My mum, both my grans, basically all my female family members and also my friendship group. Everyone inspires me in different ways, but in general it’s because they’re so supportive of my work and all so strong as women. They have never let me down and always encourage me to be the best I can be.
💜✨ Your images are always super sassy when it comes to style. How would you
describe your personal style ? Do you have any style icons?
My personal style changes quite often but in general I love sassy prints, lots of colour and statement jewellery. I’m a huge fan of big earrings coming back in fashion so I guess my style icon is Pat Butcher (lol). Other influences on my style include the Olsen twins, Kate Moss, Rita Ora and Pixie Lott. There are also a few fashion bloggers that I turn to when I need some inspo, including – ‘pieandfash’, ‘curvy_roamer’, ‘asos_anna’ and ‘paileaa’. They always get my shopping obsession back on track!
Do what you want to do. Not what your friends think is cool at the time or to impress boys or anyone else. Always do you and be who you want to be. Try not to stress if you don’t know who you are yet or what you want either. Even this time last year I never knew I would be freelance as an illustrator. I studied Fashion Communication at uni and always thought I would go into marketing or PR. But I knew deep down that wasn’t who I was and I wouldn’t be completely satisfied doing that. It wasn’t until I had a knockback when I started a fashion admin role that I got made redundant and then started freelancing in all the wonderful spare time I had! You will get set backs and you’ll probably fail a few times, but you will get what you want eventually.
My dream collaboration would be with Playboy. I think the magazine since being taken over by a new creative director is taking a turn for the better and focusing on the models personalities much more, as well as of course their sexuality. It could be a really feminist magazine if it focused on marketing towards both male and female better. Also I’d love to create for more events for fashion brands, I recently worked with Quiz clothing and my illustrations were printed and given to around 20 celebrities and bloggers and it was SO amazing seeing the photos of my drawings at the actual event. Moments like that are so rewarding.
If you’re an aspiring artist or illustrator the way I got into it was by taking on every opportunity that came my way and posting my work on all my social accounts consistently. Social media is the only marketing tool I use – Instagram, facebook and LinkedIn and they are all free unless I decide to create a paid promotion. I also have a website that I pay around £15 monthly for on Squarespace, setting it up is pretty easy and there are templates for you to choose from to display your projects. Work on building your portfolio- you may have to take on some unpaid work but always make sure you’re getting something out of it. Experience, your work featured in a magazine, on an online platform or for an article. Email and message other brands that have a
similar vibe to your work and what you think you would find exciting to create for. Don’t do any work unless you feel it fits with your branding, or if you need the money. Remember brands offering ‘exposure’ is usually just a ploy for you to work for free.. a.k.a bullshit.. but if you’re starting out you will need that initial exposure.
💜✨ Who are your favourite Girl Power Queens on Instagram right now that you
would recommend to follow?
All the ‘Confetti Crowd’ girls, their outfits and colourful styles are SO amazing. ‘The Flower Arranger’ is someone to watch also, she’s set up a great platform for women working for themselves to meet each other and form a work group which is great as freelancing or running a business alone can be very isolating.
💜✨ And finally, if you could sum up Girl Power in three words what would those
Sassy, supportive and in control.
Want to see more from this Queen ?!
Check out her website here : www.sophierosebrampton.co.uk
Follow her Instagram here : Instagram
Mermaid Mairead xox 💜✨