Today we are very excited to be publishing our first Artist Feature of summer 2020! !WOOHOO!
Myself and Sophia had a “New Normal” Zoom call meeting to discuss life, art, and the future!…
Q1- What is your Name, Age, and Where are you based?
A: Its Sophia Wakeman, I’m 19 and I’m based in Cambridgeshire, well just in-between Norfolk and Cambridge.
Q2: What is your creative practice/ work?
A: Digital artwork at the moment, I used to do traditional art but didn’t have the facilities. I use a free version of Procreate for my computer to make the work. Its nothing fancy but works well for me!
Q3: Are there any main themes you explore in your work?
A: Drag Queens! I gravitate towards celebrities and mostly Drag artists for their eccentric looks and makeup, its different than just drawing a regular portrait. I tried landscape but it just fizzled out, then moved more towards portraits. People message me asking if I will do specific portraits of Queens, thats why I drew Crystal Methyd because someone asked me to do her, they helped that person become themselves.
Q4: How has the COVID-19 Pandemic affected your work?
A: I think I’ve been more motivated, as I have more time on my hands. I don’t have the pressure of completing my college assignments, so I can explore the work that I want to produce.!
Q5: Highlight one of your inspirations!
A: There’s is one person, her name is Francoise Nielly, she creates portraits using just pallet knives and spatulas, not tradition brushes. She’s one of the first artists I ever took inspiration from in secondary school, and I want my work to be bright and colourful like hers! When you scroll past it you can’t help but look.
Q6: Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
A: Hopefully the goal is to be a self-sufficient full-time artist, selling work that supports myself. Thats the dream! I want to have a year or two focusing on myself and my work and maybe go to University, but that could always change.
Q7: If you could share a message young artists, what would it be?
A: Just- Do your art work for you! Don’t do it to gain an audience or please people, I did that for a while to create a following on Instagram but it doesn’t make you happy. Now I produce work to please myself. I feel like if you enjoy making the art and put yourself into then people notice your passion.
To see more of Sophias work and support her, check out her Instagram– @ wakemanart
Thanks for Reading!- Elsie.