Hello! I'm Sophie. I'm an artist and illustrator based in Derbyshire, UK.
I started Duck & Peach in 2015 after finishing my Masters Degree in Visual Communication, specialising in illustration, at The University of Derby.
My aim was to pursue my dream of writing and illustrating children's books, as well as creating designs for greetings cards, art prints and a variety of other gifts which I sell via my online shop, my Etsy shop and with all of my lovely stockists. Have a look at my stockists to page to see where you can purchase a wide range of my work.
I have two little girls - Freya, aka Peach and Elsie, aka Boo. We live with our two cats, Bramble and Jasper, in beautiful Belper, which is in Derbyshire.
My style of work is quirky, colourful and character driven. I'm inspired by the unusual, the macabre and the silly. I am a huge fan of animation, especially Studio Ghibli, Tim Burton, Adventure Time, Salad Fingers (check out Youtube for Salad Fingers... it's erm, a bit unusual...!) I am also a massive fan of 80's kids movies like 'Return to Oz', 'The Dark Crystal', 'The Last Unicorn', and not forgetting 'Labyrinth'!
I love nature, which I like to try and include in my work where I can. I am fascinated by the stars, magic, ancient traditions and the seasons. I like yoga, and food and wine and cups of tea. Crisps are probably my favourite. I collect coins, and am always on the lookout for a special 50p to add to my collection.
As well as running Duck & Peach, I am an apprentice tattoo artist, learning with my wonderful mentor Jodie Bambi Tattoos, based in Banks Mill Studios in Derby. Jodie also has a Masters Degree in Visual Communication from The University of Derby and has set up her beautiful tattoo studio in the renowned Banks Mill Artsist Studios. The opportunity to learn from Jodie is something I am very excited about and grateful for. As soon as I'm qualified, please come and visit me and let me draw on you.
In the meantime, please have a look at my shop where you will find all kinds of lovely Duck & Peach bits and bobs including Framed and Unframed Art Prints, Greetings Cards, and Pin Badges. New designs and products are being added all the time so please visit regularly and check out what's new. Thanks for stopping by and reading my story.