drawing Forest Spirits at Foothills Art Center this month. It'll be a fun experience
for anyone who has ever wanted to draw imaginative
landscape features--with features!
I really like creating faery folk; tree-people and green-men are among my favorites.
From the crabby apple trees in MGM's Wizard of Oz, to the Ents of Tolkien's Middle Earth,
to Arthur Rackham's wizened Pollard Oaks,
tree-types with human characteristics are fascinating.
to take on the qualities of human mutterings. No wonder writers and artists have
morphed humans with trees so often! Most times when I'm out walking, I find great tree
personalities to photograph.
put out his knobbly knee--even with the forest eyes surrounding him.
Ken Reid remains one of my prime, all around influences for tree-folk
(as well as lots of other images), but he's by no means the only influence;
I keep a Tree People board on Pinterest for myself and the workshop,
and it's got quite a few wonderful depictions (as well as tree-photos
that beat the heck out of mine). Feel free to take a look!
A different tree fellow follows:
which I ink in using a crow quill pen.
The momma crow has lucked out in finding a place for her homeless egg.
If you're in the Denver area, please join me for this woodland workshop.
Class sizes are kept pretty small, so all skill-levels are
welcome. From beginners to veteran artists--everyone will take
new skills with them at the end of the day!
Here's a link to the workshop:
Hope to see you there!