To the reality eye the forest looks like any other but in the altered states its a fierce place to be. In an SSC ( shamanic state of consiousness ) trees are not trees and the tranquility of the beautiful forest becomes a bloody fierce nightmare .
I've always felt that, despite their beauty and tranquil nature, large forests are creepy places to be--I've always got the feeling that something is watching, or sneaking up on me. Now I'll have this image to add to that. Thanks.
My hat is off to you.
I have searched high and low through your gallery, giving each piece the time and contemplation it so deserved. But no piece has struck me quite as starkly as this one.
The compositoin, textures, colors and fine detail twist and intertwine in a circular compliment. I've seen few paintings where the message and feeling was steeped so deeply into every nook and crany of the image.
I am over-all, impressed. The nod to a tribe-like society on the tree. The anatomical detail in the bone and muscle structure. But most importantly, and perhaps most overlooked, is the details in the mist amongst the trees.
While writing a lengthy paper about this would not only be easy, but an enticing endeavour, I don't have that kind of time on my hands, so this simple comment will have to do.
You can expect I'll be buying a print of this when the funds become available.
thank you for your comments and taking the time to look through my work. It would indeed be a tribe like society, so much so that the animal instinct could be shared throughout the tribe, one creature smells /feels the fear of an enemy, they all awake and become alert, desperate to feed on that emotion once more. thx again for taking the time to comment and share your thoughts .
thanks and yeah I'm working on an illustrated book at the moment but need a mass more images, they will have with some level detail about the characters and places, followed eventualy by a full on story.
I love the almost ghostly feel of the creatures even if they do seem solid. It feels just as the description says. as if looking at the forest from a differant point of view somewhere outside our normal reality. Beautiful work.
For the characters I looked at photos of apes to get an idea of the shape I was after then I made a basic model on 3dmax, very basic just to play around with how I wanted the shadows to look. Using that as a ref I drew the characters in photoshop, painted the solid shadows , tones, light ect . Then on top of that worked in overlays of texture, wood, rhino, skin, bark, anything that looks and feels right. The teath and mouth were old b+w pictures I had of a lions mouth, just stretched it , widened the image , coloured. Then add a ton of layers of painted dust, tone, ect. So yup a mix, delending on what look I'm after. Hope that helps.
ok thanks so much for this explanation At the begining, just while looking at quickly, I thought you used Poser and Photshop...etc Anyway Congrats!! the result is perfect. And thanks again for your "trade secret" I think that I would test used this kind of technique
no probs, yeah 3dmax for this one but have used poser many times, its a great little package for getting shadows ect but its anatomy is a little week so u always end up tweaking. My most used packaged are poser, max and photoshop.
I hadn't at first realized the creatures were trees until I read the description. I thought the monsters were simply standing in front of them. The creatures are quite well done - I love the gaping maw of the one in the forefront especially. However I think some more work can be done to make it more apparent that the trees and monsters are one and the same.
Hoo, another scary critter... This is some Silent Hill shit right here. I was having trouble coming up with monsters for my SH fic, but I'm sure you could come up with some easy... Though I don't know, maybe monsters is the wrong word?