enRoute How do you describe your illustration style?
Miranda Sofroniou Nature is my main source of inspiration. I do my painting and drawing by hand using watercolour, gouache and white acrylic paint. I mix them together, then add pencil drawing on top. It’s quite experimental and I never know exactly what effect I’m going to get. When you do something by hand, you can make mistakes, but those mistakes can work out unexpectedly well. I like the imperfections.
ER On Instagram you posted that you will be creating new work inspired by past trips you have taken. Why do you want to share these moments right now?
MS Everyone is probably feeling frustrated at the moment because their plans have changed; we are all being affected by what is happening. Next week I was meant to go back home to the U.K., as well as to Langhe, Italy, near where my partner’s family lives. It is a beautiful area; hilly, with little villages and vineyards. Since we’re not able to go, I’m going to do a picture of it, so I can still visit through my work.
ER Where are some of the other places you will be visiting in your illustrations?
MS There are lots of pictures in my mind that I want to develop, and now is the time. A few years ago, I did a road trip around California and Utah, touring the National Parks; last year we visited Singapore and went to the Cloud Forest, a huge indoor garden.
ER You sent us some travel illustrations that you have already completed. What can you tell us about them?