Repost from @stephaquarelle
Thank you @artsnacks for sending me the PERFECT colors to do this blue jay wing study for my July #artsnackschallenge! I love how creamy and pigmented the watercolor pencils are. The reference for the wing is from the Slater Museum of Natural History Bird Wing and Tail digital image collection - so cool! #painting #art #watercolor #artsupplies #sketchbook #artsnacks #slatermuseum #naturalhistory #scientificillustration #natureart #birdart #bird #bluejay #wing #feathers
Here is a rather gloriously epic #nature #illustration by Ian McQue (@ianmcque) that he entitled “Treehouse.” A man stands guard (in the lower right corner). Waiting. Unsure what might approach or threaten his people. They had done such a good job at hiding their location within the bows and timber of that old monolith that it is high unlikely that they could ever be found… but there is still a chance. And they cannot take the chance that they will be found.
Around the time that Ian drew this mind-boggling complex system of wood, limbs and twisting branches, he had also taken to sketching out several other trees. Now, it is unclear whether he was practicing for a larger piece or if he just went through a decently long dendrophile (someone who loves trees) phase or if he just started doodling and, well, look! It’s a tree. Whatever the situation, we can definitively say that Ian does not skimp on the detail.
From the leaves and clover-like plants in the undergrowth at the base of the tree; to the wrinkled and gnarled bark that scatters shadows about its own exterior like the skin of a grizzled old farmer who has spent too much time out int he sun; to the plentiful expanse of shadow hiding from the light in a hundred treebark nooks and crannies; to the carefully placed planks that form the steps up the right side of the tree (I THINK I see more elsewhere in the drawing, but I’m just not SURE)… Ian’s environmental scene designs are just as thought-provoking as his dieselpunk drawings of airships and industrial cityscapes.
Is it just me, or do those knot holes look like eyes? And those branches look a lot like tentacles… hm… It’s a Cthulhu tree, isn’t it… well there goes the rest of my sanity!
Yet another awesome piece, Ian. Thanks for continually producing impressive pieces to inspire people to draw and, in my case, write. Marvelous work, good sir.
#trees #forest #dendropunk (?) #penandink #pendrawing #treehouse #understory #natureart#fantasyart #woodgrain #texture #tree_magic #woodsman #outdoorsy #outdoorart #outdoorsman #fortress #oldtree #divine_forest #treeshunter #treeworld #naturelovers #ianmcque
Who wants to be lost in the woods? 🌚🔮🌲🌲🌲🌿
I def wouldn’t mind that 😊🍃
This is the piece from my time lapse video the other day. You can see the details clearer..and the fire flies..oh, I added some birds too😊🌲
Watercolour 9"x12" available for sale in my shop. Link in bio. This would be lovely in any room in your space ✨✨✨
Jared Kohn (@mountain_lines) brings us a cool #penandink #nature #illustration of a mountain cabin overlooking a serene river running through a striated rock canyon. Evergreen trees line the crests of the canyon slopes. A stag stands proud and vigilant.
I love the wavy lines of the rockfaces that slope towards the river and how their organic style contrasts with the straight and rigid detail lines on the house’s textured façade.
The framing of the piece is also well done. It’s interesting to see where Jared chose to just fade into the white background and where there is more of a hard line edge, and how that hard line edge coincides with actual lines of the drawing.