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.
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[Original Post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BT-fE1nlfHz/; Artist: @ianmcque]

In addition to Curly, I finally got around to photographing my Ornate Jaguar Mask! This mask was purchased as a blank from @missmonstermel - sculpted and cast by her, modified and painted by me. I chose to separate the lower jaw completely from the upper, and then re-attached it with the cords that hang down from the back of the mask. I may eventually add straps to make it wearable, but for now this is a wall-hanging piece.

I call it The Tiger Oak. I’ll post some close-ups of the wood grain soon! All of the wood texture is painted in; no carving or sculpting additions were made to the design. This piece is part of my personal collection and will not be for sale.


Wrought Iron Wedding Band

Forged from old wagon wheel wrought iron, these wedding bands have the character that can stand the test of time. A liner of .999 silver is set inside for comfort and style.

This band belongs to my cousin, Nick. He was able to join me in my shop for a day and I helped him to forge his own band. It’s quite a fun task. If you are looking for a unique ring and a deeper experience for your wedding band than just a jewelry counter let me know. I would be happy to help you forge your own ring!