Bears To Babes: In Conversation With Georgie Raves

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Swapping sketchbook time for deep and meaningful art pieces, Georgie Raves is the incredible illustrator behind those enviable fashion sketches you spy on the Instagram explore page. We’ve all spotted her work reposted on the likes of Noctis and Fashion Scout London, though we may not know its origin, but what do we know about the artist? From sketching folklore bears at Brighton University to pioneering the pages at London Fashion Week, Georgie Raves – soon to be a household name – dishes her career highlights and desire to be at the forefront of the biggest fashion brands.

Georgie, we are honestly fascinated by your self-drawing discovery. At what age did you first put pencil to paper? 

I have been sketching and doodling for as long as I can remember! I studied Fine Art at school and then went on to do an Art & Design course at college. It was at this stage that I found myself leaning more towards Graphic Design than Illustration. However I wasn’t really interested in all the technicalities of being a Graphic Designer, and that the handmade/written feel was more “my style”. After a lot of ‘uming and ahing,’ I decided to swap my medium to Illustration and I applied for a place at the University of Brighton.

Your early sketches showed fun and loving character drawings, how did you make the transition into Fashion Illustration? 

During early post-graduate life, I found myself more and more interested in the ideas of folklore and mythology. A lot of this inspiration found its way into my earlier illustrations of wild animals and fun characters. Meanwhile, my ‘basic bitch’ self also loved fashion, beauty, lifestyle and all things celebrity and magazine worthy. I was then approached by a friend at uni to illustrate for a design team at London Fashion Week! My first thoughts were “Oh wow, what a great experience!” and simultaneously “Shit. I need to practice drawing people”. I went and did my thing as best I could and loved every second of it, running around with a lanyard on, taking pictures and drawing everything I could see – thus becoming a Fashion Illustrator.

Since discovering your own style in Fashion illustration, who would you say your biggest influencers are and have they changed throughout the process? 

Artists that regularly inspire me are Bodil Jane, Laura Callaghan, Amy Beager and DomandInk. They are all incredible people who have very different perspectives on the reality of fashion, from Bodil and Laura’s mega detailed pieces about the everyday women who CBA to shave their legs, to Amy Beager’s classy and sophisticated high fashion interpretations. Artists like myself are usually inspired by other artists, fashion designers, fashion photographers and even makeup/styling artists. There is a bottomless feed of new and amazing trends, so keeping on top of what is ‘hot or not’ and ‘in or out’ is one of the things that makes my job so exciting, AND I get to express it however I want!

We would love to hear more about your artistic process when you draw. Do you listen to music? What inspires you to complete a sketch?

I find myself scrolling through Instagram all the time, looking for new inspiration, fashion and news (and to see whether or not Kylie Jenner is pregnant). I save all the images I find visually appealing into an album to go back to later. When I start a sketch, I normally pick an image from my saved folder and use it as a base to work on. I complete my pieces using the Procreate app and Apple Pencil on my iPad, this way I can save any image and upload straight to Instagram for all you lovely people to see! Once I start the illustration my mug gets filled with tea, my TV goes on and I’m out of it for a good couple of hours until it is finished. The usual guilty pleasures include The Real Housewives of ANYWHERE, old episodes of Ugly Betty and XOXO Gossip Girl.

Now for your future aspirations as an illustrator! Do you have any specific artists or brands that you would love to produce projects for or work with? 

As for the future, I would love to be a part of the Gucci gang – sorry I couldn’t resist – but yes, Gucci would be an amazing brand to work with. To be included in one of the top magazines like Vogue and Elle would also be a dream. Other brands I’d love to work with, would be Nike, Mac, Skinny Dip. Art and Fashion are quickly becoming even more integrated than they already were, so anything is possible.

And finally, what’s in store for Georgie? What can we expect to see from you as an artist?

I would love to continue what I am doing, attend more Fashion Weeks and hopefully push myself harder than ever before. 2018 will be filled with new ventures. I am nearly finished with some children’s book illustrations, Danielle Shaw is the author, she’s lovely.

And so are you, Georgie. With an incredibly bright future ahead of this budding illustrator, we can’t help but be excited to see what’s in store for Georgie Raves in 2018. However, if you’re simultaneously impatient and cannot get enough of her artwork, all purchasing of her prints can be made one Georgie’s Etsy, and while you’re at it, why not have a little scroll on her Instagram.

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(Artwork via @GeorgieRaves)