City girl Julie Wilmore is a nature girl at heart. She looks to the mountains and forests for inspiration when creating her masterful works of art. A quiet calm encompasses her work, as though you’ve been privy to a private moment captured in time that only earth and animal are aware of. Dreamy and yet realistic, you can almost hear the rustle of the leaves as each creature makes its way through the forest.
I grew up hiking and camping - this created a deep bond within me for the natural world and specifically woodland and mountain animals. I am seeking the space between these real places I spent time in and the fluctuating memories I have of them. Every wild animal encounter I have has stuck with me and is defined by a unique mood, sensation or experience.
My drawings are made with powdered charcoal and carbon pencil. I literally paint in dry charcoal; this actually offers me a high level of control over the value, texture and I think most importantly soft vs hard edges. I then work with the carbon pencil and a smudge stick to add details, texture and deep blacks. I then add color in many translucent layers using Photoshop to retain all the texture and detail of the drawing, but give it the life of color. (You can see one of Julie's works in progress on her blog where she shows each step. see it by clicking here).
No pets currently; I grew up with pets and one day when I am not living in a very small city apartment I hope to adopt a dog.
I have been drawing all my life, but really made the decision to dedicate myself to the skill about five years ago.
This is a really hard question, but I think I’d have to say the wolverine. It is small but fierce; doesn’t hibernate through winter and scales mountains with ease.
I grew up hiking and camping - this created a deep bond within me for the natural world. I am seeking the space between these real places I spent time in and the fluctuating memories I have of them. In ways I am trying to connect my childhood to adulthood and bring nature back into my life in the city.
My hope is that people react to my work in a way that will bring some respect and attention to the natural places in our world and be considerate of the other species we share it with.
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