ARTIST OF THE WEEK: SOPHIE ROSE BRAMPTONJune 30, 2017
UO talks to artist Sophie Brampton who illustrates all things femme from GRL PWR to slut shaming. Brampton lets us know what she hopes to convey through her lighthearted illustrations and also tells us what her main inspirations are.
Have you always been a creative person?
Yes! I was that annoying kid drawing on the walls of the house. I’ve always been a visual learner and creating art has been my expressive outlet and safe haven. I’ve always been crafty and have attempted many different artforms, but I have found my true self through my love of the digital world, cartoons and graphics.
You have a very specific style of drawing. How did you decide upon this style and refine it?
It mostly came from tracing photos while learning Photoshop, as simple as it sounds. I noticed that I wasn’t a perfectionist at all- I liked the wavy lines and for it to look raw and unrefined. I used to create large pencil drawings of people and tried to make them as realistic as possible, but the eyes would always end up huge- really cartoon like. So while at university I experimented with this cartoon graphic style and ended up creating something I honestly fell in love with. It’s a long process finding your own style but I know that mine is real to me and is here to stay.
Describe your work in three words.
Sassy, unapologetic and feminine.
What themes are you exploring in your current series of work?
I’m currently working on my personal art to show people my views on female sexuality. I’m a very lighthearted and optimistic person and I love using humour in my work- it is the main thing that bonds people. I also love taking the mick out of people, or their old fashioned opinions. I have very strong views on women’s freedom of expression and hope that one-day women can just live in peace without scrutiny upon their private sex lives. I still see comments on Twitter from young guys slut shaming women and using the ‘lock and key’ comparison to say it’s okay for men to have more sexual partners and not okay for a woman. I quite frankly, think it’s a load of bull. That’s what I want to show in my work- double standards and slut shaming is wrong.
Women tend to be the main focus of your illustrations. What is the reasoning behind this and how have women influenced your work?
Women are my main focus mostly because I am one and I hope I can help to unite other girls by sharing my personal thoughts on womanhood. I know that many other women have experienced slut shaming or a negative attitude towards them being a strong person or knowing what they want and then being labeled as a diva or a bitch. I also feel that women need to stop being so judgmental of each other and accept that not everyone has the same views. We are not in competition.
Does your artwork reflect your personal style?
In a way yes- I’ve always been a huge fan of colour but I think art helps me get my fix without having to wear crazy, bold clothes all the time. Although that would be great! Fashion is a huge part of my work as I love anything that encourages self-expression. I’m definitely a follower of trends, however I like to give the girls in my work some personality and I do try to convey that in my own sense of style, too.
What is your creative process like?
Lately I’ve been working from photos of myself. You know when you’re just feeling yourself and want to take a sassy photo. So I’ll base it on that, create the art from the outline of the photo on Photoshop, and then add in anything I want. I usually know exactly what I want it to look like before I’ve created it, so I’ll decide what I want the image to portray or the quote I’d like featured before I even start. When I have an idea I usually have to create it in that exact moment, while it’s completely fresh and I’m excited about it. It’s a pretty quick process; I just go with the flow. In a technical sense, I use Photoshop, my graphics tablet and my laptop.
Where do you most commonly find inspiration for your illustrations?
Mainly from fashion editorial, trends and other creatives. I’m a real digital addict and you can usually find me 43 weeks deep into someone’s Instagram page. If it’s not inspiration from online then it’s usually that I’ve seen some cute lingerie, heard a really sassy quote, or been inspired by someone’s’ look. I also love drawing other girls’ selfies and nudes, as to me it really shows when a woman really loves herself and feels empowered. People seem to think taking nudes is either attention seeking or just for the mans pleasure, but this can also just be an act of self-love on the woman’s
Can you tell us about any future projects that you are working on?
My work seems to pop up very spontaneously, so I’m not usually planning something for a long period of time unless it’s for a campaign that has a set date that it needs to go online. I’m currently working on some designs for a couple of cool fashion brands, one’s a vintage label and the other creates amazing hand crocheted designs. I’m also working on something with a blogger who wants some art for her YouTube videos. Mainly smaller projects at the moment, but I hope to be able to focus on putting together an exhibition at some point, it would be so incredible to be able to see my work large scale.
See more of Sophie’s work here www.sophierosebrampton.co.uk
Follow Sophie’s Instagram here