Friday, October 10, 2014

The Forest Primeval

I took a walk half-way around Lake Waban this morning for no reason other than to enjoy a perfect Autumn morning. The trees were a blaze of color and the blue waters of the lake sparkled while the sun slanted across to illuminate the shallows where fish roamed. It was marvelously beautiful.

When I am not walking around beautiful sunlit lakes or sketching ducks and swans, I am making steady progress finishing the illustrations for a children's book. Several spreads of this book ("Over In The Wetlands" by Caroline Starr Rose, Schwartz & Wade publisher, 2015) feature forest and swampy bayou scenes.

Generally speaking, I try to keep my use of reference to a minimum in my illustrations for various personal reasons. But I'd been procrastinating on these forest scenes and deep down I knew I needed a jolt that only life drawing provides. It's so obvious!  So I spent a few minutes on my walk home drawing a small section of the forest. It was actually two drawings that were adjacent to each other --so I joined them into one wide image.

Whatever works! Now I need to stop blogging and get back to painting.

The forest around Lake Waban
10-10-14
ink, oil stick
"Over In The Wetlands" spread
watercolor 
work in progress
watercolor, charcoal

"Over In The Wetlands" finished paintings
mixed media
The forest around Lake Waban
drawing 1 (left side)
10-10-14
ink, oil stick
The forest around Lake Waban
drawing 2 (right side)
10-10-14
ink, oil stick
Some may notice and comment (please do) that these drawings are reminiscent of Lorenzo Mattotti's forest drawings (which I think he made in preparation for his "Hansel & Gretel" with Neil Gaiman, TOON Books, 2014). Yes, his work is amazing and memorable. --I met Mattotti at a book signing in Paris in 2009. What a memorable rainy night that was!

3 comments:

Klaus von Mirbach said...

Dear Rob, I've just come home from a small fall hike, the trees are colorful, as in the Indian summer, I brought home a couple of dark red leaves, the farmer has the great potato fields still not harvested, the sun is shining, a beautiful day, and then I get home and read about your autumn walk around lake waban. The forest image is great. Let us hope that the autumn sun shines a few days longer for us drawers. Best wishes. Klaus

Klaus von Mirbach said...

Rob, I looked once again in? at? your forest. Still wonderful!

Rob Dunlavey said...

Thank you! I walked by this spot late yesterday afternoon. Ja, still beguiling!

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