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Hello there! I'm Sofia, a children's book illustrator based in Portugal, represented by The Bright Agency, who loves drawing young characters and whimsical storytelling.

My passion for illustration goes all the way back to my childhood years when my enthusiastic urge to create and doodle was nurtured by family and educators since kindergarten, mostly through drawing, painting and collage. Around 4/5 years old I had a phase where the white walls of our house were my main canvas of choice (my best work was made at godly hours of the morning when everyone was still asleep, ahah)!

Most of my inspiration comes from my childhood and my everyday life, so you could say it originates from the imaginary and the ordinary. Using a mix of both traditional and digital ends, my sweet and colorful illustrations aim to spark joy with a pinch or two of magic!

Besides illustrating for children's books, I also create colorful artwork for ART LICENSING and design brands for passionate small businesses and freelancers (learn more about my BRANDING services).

You can say hello on INSTAGRAM and TWITTER. I also send out a QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER with updates about projects I'm currently working on, as well as, bits and bobs about my other creative adventures. If you want, feel free to SIGN UP HERE!
If you'd like to collaborate, please find out how in my CONTACT page.



Beijing Tianlue Books • Capstone • Cricket Media

Educate2Empower Publishing • Hachette Children's Group

Igloo Books • mySugar • Oxford University Press AU

Scholastic Inc. • Usborne Publishing • and more..

WORKSPACE ESSENTIALS?
Stack of paper for me to scribble and write to do lists, a mug with never ending tea and my Wacom Bamboo tablet.

MY FAVORITE THINGS TO ILLUSTRATE?
Young characters and magical storytelling and adventures. I also love to illustrate all things Christmas related AND food - big foodie here!

TRADICIONAL OR DIGITAL ART?
Both! I like mixing the two.

THE TOOLS I USE:
I work on a pc laptop with my old, but still kicking, Wacom Bamboo pen tablet. My scanner/printer is a HP Deskjet 2600 series and I also sometimes use my Huion light pad for sketching and tracing. Then, depending on the project, I use different materials and techniques like, chinese ink, gouache, color pencils, and collage.

BRANDING SERVICES?
Yes! Thoughtfully crafted bespoke BRANDING with a HANDMADE and MINIMALIST approach, for passionate small businesses and freelancers, where storytelling, design and illustration blend together to create unique and cohesive visual brands. * Currently only accepting design projects from clients based in Portugal.*

WHEN I'M NOT CREATING CHANCES ARE..
That you’ll find me snuggled up in a cosy spot either bullet journaling or watching a food channel. Or else, in the kitchen, doing a fair amount of cooking and baking.

GUILTY PLEASURE?
Elementary and Friends reruns, with tea and a snack or two.
Oh, and staying in PJs all day.. on a Monday!

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