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Collection: Duck & Peach Illustration

Hi – I’m Sophie and I’m an illustrator based in Belper, Derbyshire, where I run my illustration business ‘Duck & Peach’ Illustration.

I set myself up as a freelance self-employed illustrator in 2015, after completing my Master’s Degree at the University of Derby in Visual Communication specialising in Illustration.

I work in a few different styles, predominantly digitally these days, but I love to paint too, specifically watercolours on paper and acrylics on found objects like stones and wood.

I create a lot of greetings cards and art prints at the moment, and the occasional small gifts like coasters and pin badges, but my passion and focus is on children’s literature and illustration - my dream has always been to create and publish books for younger children.

I got the bug for children’s literature after having my first daughter, Freya. We grew a vast collection of children’s books and loved to read together. We like sweet, funny and quirky characters and storylines – there are some wonderful artists and storytellers out there.

Other things that inspire me are; nature, of course, I particularly like to observe the seasons and what they bring. We go on a lot of walks and I like to look for the bluebells in Spring; fruit in the Summer like strawberries, seeing the apples growing on the trees, and finding the best bramble bushes to go blackberry picking; pumpkins are my favourite, alongside harvest time in Autumn; and being by the fire in Winter and celebrating Christmas are very happy influences for me also.

I love animation – Studio Ghibli, Wallace and Gromit, and things that my daughter watches like Adventure Time and Summer Camp Island are all incredible, to name just a few. Halloween themed animations are of great interest to me too, and I’ve loved The Nightmare Before Christmas since I was 10.

I like colour – I often try to limit my colour palette for consistency’s sake, but find myself unable to stick to it as I add more and more colours on to the page I’m working on. I’m a big fan of pastel palette’s though – they’re my favourite colours.

I like kindness and honesty – I think we all respond well to both of those things, and I try to incorporate some of those feelings and ideas in to the work I create. I’ve often watched people smile when they look at my work – that’s a big compliment, and exactly what I hope to invoke when people view the work I create.

You can explore more of my cards and illustrations on my website and you can find me on Facebook, instagram and Twitter.

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  • Peachy Birthday – A6 Greetings Card
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  • You Make me Happy - Greetings Card
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  • Not All Those Who Wander, Are Lost – Greetings Card
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  • Have a Lovely Day – A6 Greetings Card
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  • Positivity – A6 Greetings Card
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  • Happy Birthday – A6 Greetings Card
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  • Happy Days – A6 Greetings Card
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  • Ay Up Me Duck – A6 Postcard
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