Hello, hey, hi and thank you so much for visiting my brand new website, hopefully I’ve impressed you so far? This is all very new to me, so please bare with me! You see, I’m very much a sketchbooky sort of person who loves to write notes on anything I can grab: a napkin, a water bill or a receipt from my morning trip to Costa, so actually transitioning from paper to a very techy website is a bit scary… I mean I guess I don’t have to worry about smudging ink or spelling something wrong but now I have widgets and plugins to cry over.
So here we go – wish me luck, and good luck to you too as I’m a cheesy pun machine and if your skin crawls at horrifically bad jokes then get out now because this is seriously nacho scene. Let me give you a little run down, I am THE Sophie Doyle: Grey’s Anatomy has changed my life, I buy waaaaaay too many moleskin notebooks, my diet consists of Wagamamas (thank you Deliveroo) and there’s nothing I hate more than polystyrene.
Tea and a Pencil is the name that best describes the work that I do. I can sit for hours and just doodle away in books, doodling random things that pop into my head – quotes that friends have said throughout the day, things I’ve seen people do whilst watching them over the top of newspapers on the tube, just anything that makes me laugh. In my mind, there’s nothing better than brewing yourself up the perfect cuppa (milk, no sugar), grabbing a blanket, switching on trashy tv (X Factor is my top choice), sharpening my pencil and just letting my mind escape through the bliss of drawing.
When I was in school I never really had confidence in my drawing abilities, I was always such a perfectionist, rubbing things out, shading over and over until the apple looked so realistic you could eat it, and this sort of took all the fun out of art for me. I constantly felt like I would have to spend hours and hours on my work in order to make things look just like a photograph. Then I started college and was welcomed into the world of Graphic Design with open arms like a kid in a sweet shop. No longer did I feel trapped behind rules, no longer was there a right way to do something – for once I had the freedom to experiment and find my own unique style. I could mono-print using leaves, draw using only my wrong hand, I could colour outside the lines and chuck paint onto canvases in ways that I wanted to, I finally realised that perfection wasn’t the perfect thing.
My first year of university also helped me to break out of comfort zones, this is where I really started to enjoy my art. I am definitely a lover of digital work, I mean I can use Photoshop as easily as one fries an egg, I have more tech gadgets than Currys, but my true love is illustration. Ever since I was little, my dream was to illustrate children’s books: Nick Sharratt, Beatrice Potter and Quentin Blake being my true inspirations in this field. At the moment I am very much into fine-liners, creating characters and decorating my drawings to look super cute and magical. I am slowly becoming more and more confident with my style and this will only get better with more feedback and having the confidence to throw my designs out there for the world to see.
So that’s my introduction, I hope you are all excited to see the creative journey I go on this year, and I will definitely be making more art than ever before so follow my social links if you’d like to be the first to see all of my creations and please comment as feedback is vital for my success!
Drink your tea before it goes cold!
Sharpen your pencils!