Sophie Gallo, also known as Sophie Scribble is an illustrator, 2D animator and wonderful artist. Her work is fun, cartoon-like and colourful and we were so excited to sit down with her for this interview.
Sophie Scribble (SS): Hi, my name is Sophie! I’m a 2D animator and character designer working in London. I was born in Germany but my parents are English/Italian. Some of my favourite things are cats and pastries! You can find my art @sophiescribble on Instagram/Twitter/TikTok and YouTube.
Levile-TV (L – TV): Hi Sophie, we are very happy to have you here. What inspires you to draw?
SS: I mostly get inspired by all the amazing artists I follow on Instagram and Twitter! Their beautiful art makes me wanna draw like them! But I also get inspired by the media I consume like tv shows/films and books.
L – TV: What’s the favourite part of your job?
SS: My work as a 2D animator at Blue Zoo on a show called ‘It’s Pony!’ My favourite part is keying the animation and then watching the whole episode to see everyone’s work come together!
L – TV: How has art helped you during the lockdown?
SS: Art has definitely helped me keep busy while staying at home. I was kind of a homebody anyway before the pandemic, so it wasn’t a massive change for me.
L – TV: Did you always know you wanted to pursue art as a career?
SS: Yes, pretty much! I wanted to be a manga-ka when I was 13, which is a Japanese comic artist. I then wanted to be an animator and got a lightbox to animate with when I was 15.
L – TV: You take a lot of inspiration from Disney animation and their characters, what draws you to their particular style?
SS: I guess it’s the nostalgia that makes me love the Disney Renaissance films so much. I used to watch them over and over again when I was a kid. But even today, I love seeing Disney pre-production work for their new films.
L – TV: Other than Disney, what styles and creativity are you drawn to?
SS: I’m very drawn to the animation/cartoon style, whether it’s Disney, Dreamworks or Sony. I love Into the Spiderverse, How to train your dragon, Steven Universe etc
L – TV: How has Tik Tok and Instagram helped your showcase your art?
SS: Social media has helped me find an audience who seem to like seeing my art! It’s really nice to be part of a community who have the same interests and tastes as you.
L – TV: What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
SS: The most important artist tool for me is reference. I often take photos of myself doing the poses I want to draw, so I can see the anatomy and volumes I need. Even though materials and tools can greatly help with drawing. I would still need a reference whether I was drawing on paper or my iPad.
L – TV: You and I both went to the same Sixth Form school, I remember how we all loved your drawings and used to love it when you would draw us. I still have all of those drawings. How did it feel drawing your friends often and seeing their reactions?
SS: It was really lovely seeing you and our other friends enjoy my drawings! It definitely helped build my confidence!
L – TV: Are there other areas of art you would like to branch into the future?
SS: I would really love to get more involved with character design in the animation industry! I’m currently building a portfolio for that role and doing challenges to improve that skill.
L – TV: What has been your most touching or amazing moment you’ve experienced as an artist?
SS: My absolute favourite thing is when people feel seen in my art. It’s my goal as an artist to make people who never see someone like them in the media find someone they can relate to.
L – TV: Who has been your biggest hero throughout your artistic journey?
SS: It’s really hard to just pick just one person! Honestly, every time I see a young woman make it in the animation industry, it sparks some joy in me. Some of my favourite artists are Brittnay Myers, Amanda Jolly and Ami Thompson.
L – TV: What do you see in your future for your art?
SS: I would like to character design for a widely loved TV series or film, like a future Disney Princess or something in the realm of Steven Universe, Gravity Falls or Avatar the Last Airbender.
SS: Thank you Levile and Prishant for this interview!
L – TV: Thank you Sophie for your time with us, we cannot wait to see what you’ll do next in the future.