Illustration by Liverpool’s Sophie Gordon

Here we take a look at the work of illustration student Sophie Gordon. Specialising in children’s book illustration, Sophie uses traditional media such as water colour and pencil crayon to create her work. Now in her final year at Liverpool John Moores, Sophie is building up her experience with an aim to succeed in the industry. 

“I’m inspired by children and everything that excites them. Since I was a child, I was mesmerized by the colourful illustrations in children’s picture books. Books such as ‘Topsy and Tim’, by Jean and Gareth Adamson and the ‘Noddy’ books, illustrated by Harmsen van der Beek intrigued me; I loved painting and drawing animals as a child. Now as an adult, I get to draw and paint all the time. I am still inspired by books from my childhood, and particularly inspired by illustrators such as Oliver Jeffers, Marloes de Vries and Mandy Sutcliffe. Throughout my time at university, my interest in children’s picture books has grown, and my career aspirations are in that field. As well as the children’s market I would also be interested in going into the greeting cards industry or editorial illustration.”


“In producing my work, I use traditional media such as water colour and pencil crayon to create fun, playful illustrations. I often apply a base colour using watercolour and add detail over the top using colour crayon. I love that I work by hand, and only use Photoshop to clean up my illustrations; my technique gives my work softness and uniqueness. I love creating characters; I really focus on the outline when creating a character, creating interesting shapes for each personality. In my latest project I worked on a live brief, aimed at promoting the work of the Reader Organisation. I created a print campaign which would help encourage children to get into reading.”


“I really enjoyed creating the characters for my project and experimenting with bold shapes and colour. I am currently working on the Puffin Children’s prize; I will be designing a cover for the ‘Wind in The Willows’, which I will enter into the competition. I am really enjoying reinventing the book cover, to suit for contemporary children. I will also be working on the Macmillan children’s prize competition, designing a new children’s book.”



when i was small

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