WORDS Mary Garner
Adelaide-based artist and illustrator Sophie Schultz favours minimalism and portraiture, using continuous lines to reveal images that are sensual, dramatic and understatedly haunting.
“I have developed my own unique take on such a broadly used drawing technique for minimalist artists,” shares Sophie. “As someone who is fairly impatient, I always find myself – when straying from the style – lapsing back into my squiggly tendencies.”
Making use of whites, dull pinks, greys and muted backgrounds, Sophie focuses on the freedom of continuous line drawing by re-tracing lines and adding texture with a technique that could loosely be described as scribbling. “Nothing has to be exactly perfect proportion or scale wise in this style either and I think that’s what makes the resultant portraits so raw, unique and caricatured.”
“Drawing true to life portraits and images can be extremely tedious when you approach it with traditional methods, and requires a lot of concentration,” says Sophie. “It’s almost more mathematical when you’re trying to get it exactly right.”