Georgie Turner Artist
I am obsessed with animals and have found that even though I enjoy drawing people's pets, my vision for my artwork goes beyond perfectly captured portraiture.
I want my art to capture the reality of animals. Dirty wellies, wet noses, muddy paws, bared teeth, horses curling their lips in the air; I live and breath the reality of animals every day and I vision my art capturing the humorous, unedited and unfiltered versions of our pets.
My mission is to create artwork that animal lovers can relate to - I want them to see my art and know that it's okay to show off the side of our beloved pets that's not perfect portraiture. I also want to make people laugh and smile.
My inspiration for the content of my original pieces comes from my daily life; most of the photographs that I chose to recreate are of my own pets and are often photos that were taken by accident!
I take inspiration for my style from other skilled colour pencil artists on the Instagram community. I am always striving to improve my skills and get really inspired looking at both professional and part time artists as to how to improve my realism. There are also a number of artists who use completely different mediums and subjects to myself but just inspire me to do what I love, rather than what I think people want to see, such as Sophie Tea and CJ Hendry.
My medium is colour pencil. I mainly use Faber Castell Polychromos on Fabriano Artistico paper, although I am always trying out new brands.
When starting a commission or original piece of work, I map out the shadows, midtones and highlights with different shades of the main colour. Where there are highlights or darker areas with flecks of light (such as light hairs coming through), I always put down a layer of white first. This is so I can use a knife tool to add in fine hair detailing later on. Colours are layered on top of each other, often with a smooth base and then the detailed hair marks are added on the top layers. My favourite part of the drawing is adding the flyaway hairs towards the end.