Manchester-based illustrator Sophie Heywood deserves more hype. Having graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 2014 with a degree in illustration, she has opened her own Etsy store, where she sells prints, enamel pins, keyrings, and the likes, all made and designed by her. She also takes commissions, with selected clients including Walker Books, Arts Council England, and The Guardian.
“I feel like nowadays with social media it doesn’t feel as lonely,” Heywood shared with the Printed blog. “I’m part of a lot of online communities now and feel much more connected to my peers. I think it helps to understand that even the people you look up to are also struggling.”
A self-proclaimed nerdy gal, Heywood’s cutesy style is inspired by pop culture and animals, as well as everyday life. “I like to draw and make things,” she puts it simply in her bio shared on her website. “You’ll usually find me with a brush and ink in hand.”
She can also be found selling her merch in all kinds of places including fairs around the UK. Give this nerdy gal some love on Instagram.