A traditional “hatching” technique helps Georgette Smith achieve her distinctive sketchy style

If you’re wondering how Georgette achieves her distinctive style, it’s through a process called “hatching”. Using mostly traditional wax and oil pastels, the illustrator layers small lines to create her textured effect, a style which many fans have told her looks like falling rain. If we could suggest spending time with just one of Georgette’s pieces, it would be Hidden House – her lines give the impression of a mid-summer thunderstorm, while the piece overall showcases all of the defining facets of her irresistible body of work.
Drawn to yellowish, peachy hues, with elements of blue and purple, illustrator Georgette Smith has a penchant for creating work that depicts slow living and the “quietest moments” of the day: with lounging cats, early morning bed scenes and dips in lakes. This focus is rooted in her experience growing up in Somerset’s serene countryside, a place she sees as simultaneously “relaxed” and “isolating”, and where she still lives to this day. “I think my drawings can feel nostalgic, tapping into a familiar feeling, like a reminder of a certain summer,” Georgette says.

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