Sophie Rawlingson

Illustrator & Embroidery Artist

London, United Kingdom
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Projects credited in

Side Hustles

About me

Sophie Rawlingson is a self-taught illustrator based in London, UK. Her work centres around drawing portraits, plants and flowers, and various objects that seemingly float on the page. She is inspired by the visual culture she lives in and how people are all too eager to demonstrate to the world who they are, what they own, and why their relationship with a possession can be meaningful. This wonderful every day she tries to capture is often pieced together with elements of fantasy and magic. She is predominantly a digital illustrator but started using embroidery and rug tufting as well in 2019. To put something into embroidery is to seal it in time - a this-is-what-life-was-like way of marking her present, to look back on in the future. Illustration - ELLO - Instagram - Side Hustle -

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  • Digital/ Print
  • Editorial
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Embroidery
  • Adobe Indesign
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Assisting
  • Print
  • Illustration
  • Zine Design
  • Sewing
  • Craft
  • Craftmanship
  • Textile Design
  • Handmade Design

People I’ve worked with

Companies I’ve worked with

  • Seen Displays

    Seen Displays

    • Design
  • Kyra TV

    Kyra TV

    • Publishing
  • S

    Self Employed

    • Doughnut Time

      Doughnut Time

      • Retail

    Work history


    Illustrator Artist

    Self Employed

    Oct 2018
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • Shop illustrative textile pieces, as well as zines and other prints at


    Freelance Designer

    Donna Wilson Ltd

    Feb 2018 - Oct 2018
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • After working for two months as a design intern working in the studio a few days a week, I continued my work there, but as a Freelance Designer. I loved being able to mix a lot more illustration with this role, and got the chance to design children's plush toys, cushion cover designs, as well as graphics for online and branding publications.


    Artwork Intern

    Kyra TV

    Jan 2018 - Feb 2018
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Internship
    • * Putting together client presentations * Maintaining the branding and aesthetic of Kyra through all digital applications The art-working team was small but worked with pretty much every other department they had, in delivering brand-consistent decks and slides.


    Junior Graphic Designer

    Seen Displays

    Mar 2016 - Mar 2016
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Internship
    • * Large format creative typography for their office * Creating presentations for clients * Brand upkeep - logo experimentation and application


    Creative Direction - Assistant

    Elinor Christie

    Jan 2015 - Sep 2016
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • Assistant to Creative Director / Set Designer Elinor Christie. We worked with teams to create fashion images for print-based magazines.



    BA Hons Graphic & Media Design

    University of The Arts London (UAL)

    Sep 2014 - Jun 2017
    • London, United Kingdom


    Art Foundation Diploma in Art Design

    Falmouth University

    Aug 2013 - Jul 2014
    • Falmouth, United Kingdom



    Skillshare X Dribbble - London Illustration 2015


    • Skillshare X Dribbble hosted an Illustration event in 2015. I went home with a trophy and first place award for Illustration, as voted for by others that attended, as well as hosts from the night.


    STACK Magazine - Cover of the Month

    Stack Magazines

    • RE-VISION Magazine Issue 1 - to which I graphically designed - won Magazine Cover of the Month award in August 2015. As voted for by STACK Magazine Instagram followers!