This month's cover art: Sophie Minto

December 22, 2017

 

 This month’s cover is by illustrator Sophie Minto. “I worked on a few different ideas, all based around outdoorsy activities,” she says. “When I’m home on New Year's Day, we usually go for a big walk or kayaking or something like that, so I wanted to base the idea on that.” Her design depicts a sea kayaker looking in towards the icy Seven Sisters cliffs. “I usually work in a very minimal colour palette and I wanted to make it look quite snowy, so there’s lots of greys and greens.”


Originally from Seaford, Sophie now lives in Bath, where she went to university. “I studied Graphic Communication at Bath Spa,” she says. “We did everything from animation, to typography, to illustration – a big mix, which was great for finding a job afterwards because there are so many ways you could go. I was planning on coming back to Seaford but then I was offered a job in Bath as an
illustrator at a stationery design studio. It’s quite free, which is nice, and we get a mixture of clients who want you to work digitally and clients who want work that’s hand-painted. It suits me because I’m a bit of a mixed-media type of person.”

 

One of her recent projects was a conceptual packaging design for a spice shop in Brighton. “I thought it would be really nice if the packaging showed where the spices came from, and the history behind them and the travel that comes with them, so I rebranded it with my own take. I used different photographs that I found and drew from them, digitally (using a graphics tablet) and then I painted the watercolour texture by hand. That’s how I’ve done the cover, so it’s partially hand-done but the shapes and the vectors are still quite clean and digital.”

 

 

 

Travel and the outdoors are evidently very strong influences on Sophie’s work. “When I was at Sussex Downs College doing my A-levels I chose Art and Photography and Geography, and I think I might have gone down a more geographical route, but I just knew that I’d always wanted to do something creative. I would love to eventually be able to tie it in with work,” she says. “To travel to a different country and do some illustration while I’m there. That would be the dream…”

 

See more of Sophie’s work at sophieminto.com

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