I met Sophie about a year ago and I've much enjoyed following her creative pursuits since. Whenever I see one of her groovy Instagrams (follow her), I'm inspired to turn off my phone and MAKE stuff. If you don’t know who Sophie Roach is, head over to her site for a quick look. Sophie is an Austin-based illustrator who has a knack for creating psychedelic patterns and insane details. She’s been featured in Juxtapose and some of her past clients include Nike, Converse, Vans and Urban Outfitters.
She got her start drawing four years ago thanks to “stress and boredom at college”. Sophie said, “I didn’t realize it would be possible to make a living with my doodles until about two years ago. Since then I’ve drawn on so many different objects from cars, to guitars, to skateboards, to surfboards, to soccer balls, to (so many) shoes. I took on my first mural projects earlier this year and I’m totally obsessed now.”
Now let's see how she does that while we make sandwiches.
Walk us through your day. Not your greatest day, but not your worst. What does a good-to-ideal day look like for you? I cannot function without 7-8 hours of sleep, so I wake up at different times depending on when I’m able to shut down at night. I’ve been working from home since my studio building closed its doors a couple months ago (RIP Okay Mountain) so I’ve been starting my day by eating yogurt/checking email in my pajamas. I get a kick out of making and completing to-do lists; I like to write out whatever I can realistically get done on a scrap of paper, then I’ll order the list so that everything will be taken care of as efficiently as possible. From there, I turn on an audiobook and spend my day ticking off those tasks until 5:30PM(ish). Here are things that might be on that list:
● draw ● color ● spray paint practice ● reply to e-mails ● drop off packages at the post office ● conference call with _______ ● edit commercial graphics in photoshop ● scan new drawings ● order supplies ● do laundry
Around 5:30 I’ll go run a few miles on Town Lake, grab a shower and eat dinner with the boyfriend. After that, I can sometimes be convinced to grab drinks with friends or watch a movie, but usually I’ll get back to work from around 9PM to 2AM. My work-life is similar to my drawing style in that it’s a sort of organized chaos. I love making lists and doing things efficiently, but it’s important to me to stay flexible and give myself room to follow my whims.
Do you have any boundaries throughout your day? Not really. I’m always looking for balance, and that means something different every day. The only thing I try to be rigid about is that afternoon run. It’s hard to stop working, but getting outside and moving around like that makes a huge difference in my mood and my ability to manage stress.
What is something you're proud of this week? I just wrapped on my biggest commercial project thus far and I showed work in LA for the first time last weekend at a really fun group show. My commercial and personal works totally inform each other. Being able to do both makes me so so happy!
*Illustrations by Sophie, of course. Headshot is by Dotmo.