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Into the Forest by opiumtraum Into the Forest by opiumtraum
Into the Forest (No Fear of Wolves)

Mixed Media Drawing
12X12"
airbrush (mechanical. not digital), watercolor, water soluble color pencils, color pencils, micron

nods to Audrey Kawasaki & John Bauer

Who wouldn't have issues after being cut from the belly of a wolf by a huntsman who just happened to be strolling by? Or was he stalking the wolf? Or Miss Red Riding Hood? Maybe Grand Ma still had some kick in her? In any case, Miss Red was no fool, & when she ventured out into the forest, she was prepared. Wolves were no longer hunting her, no sir. The stakes were reversed. It was not a good time to be a wolf in the woods...
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PK4only Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
nice drawing/atmosphere... love your collages too :iconhowdyplz:
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
thank you very much...the comment is very much appreciated
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jennymajeske Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011   Traditional Artist
love the trees and the sort of layered flat art nouveau-ness
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
thank you...been a fan of kid's book illustrators & seems most of that work is a little flat/theatrical...works for me:) I kind of like the medieval approach to picture making...light on perspective, heavy on the layering of imagery
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derkert Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
John Baur trees?
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
John Bauer trees? Yes. Good eye. Bauer is one of my major influences. The other artist whose landscapes are incredible & have a Bauer-esque feel to them is Tom Uttech...so really...a little of both.
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derkert Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
I am from the John Bauer country! So t was not that hard!
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Sabia74 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
incredible sharpness and detail!
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Thank you very much!
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Sabia74 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
you are very welcome!
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ElectricPaintBrush Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
Fantastic. Nice rendering all the way around.
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
Thanks very much. The feedback is much appreciated.
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Nelleke Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
Featured here: [link] ^_^
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
hi, thanks for the feature!
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Nelleke Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
You're very welcome :)
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nellusatko Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009  Student General Artist
This is a brilliant work!
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I enjoy it!
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Thomax Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
I love your style.
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
thank you. I find it fussy & time consuming sometimes, others, I'm at peace with it & can convince myself it's meditative (there's a fair amount of layering).
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bonitatasman Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
wowww......................
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
thank you :)
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Dbug61 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
Very nice! A bit different in tone than most of your work that I have seen and I like it. It's very active and draws me in. I don't feel like a detached observer, rather like I am observing and if I don't get out of her way she will walk right past me like a tree...or walk right over me
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
Hey D!

Thank you. yeah...I wanted Red to have issues (fear manifesting as aggression?). I sort of see her as a backwoods country waif...hat's a little too big & out of fashion...guns are an anachronism to the hat (but the guns are an actual design :) research! obsession!!)...I have another kind of version floating around in my head...another heroine (well armed) vs. a hussar (a different kind of wolf, maybe?)...

You good? We're in friggin probate here. :(
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Dbug61 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
Probate's...well, probate. Sorry. I know it sucks.

I'm okay. A bit melancholy this week but I'll get through it. The good news is that my peas, bok choy, spinach, and chard are up in the garden and I have all stages of tulips poking up...and the apricot trees are going to bloom, despite the deer.

I wish I could write. It's been a very, very long time. My heart is full, but words seem to have deserted me. I feel like a can of coke that's been shaken but nobody is stupid or brave enough to pull the tab...certainly not my muse.

Can you have an absentee muse, sort of like an absentee landlord? You never know when it will drop in or if it will give notice but you know that if it had completely gotten rid of you there would have been a notice from the bank saying who had taken its place...

Don't mind me. I'm removing the popcorn texture from the upstairs ceilings this weekend. Physical labor is a good thing and it's a good transformation for the ceilings. They are in better shape than I thought. Still, I am going to have to learn the fine art of plasterer.
Hugs all,
F
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009
I wonder if depression is like muse-garlic? Or if brilliant depressed writers were only brilliant because on top of their depression they had addiction? My response to being uninspired is to draw anything- just as a reminder to myself that this is what I do. It seems every now & then I can think up a joke. Beyond T., you're my first victim:

A young nun decides to go for a walk in the forest & finds herself confronted by a huge grizzly. The fearsome creature stands up on its hind legs. The nun sees its massive claws & knows it means to make a meal of her.
"Wait", says the nun, "While I have served God most of my young life & would be happy to take my place in Heaven, I am enjoying my life & have no desire to die. Is there nothing I can say or do to convince you to spare me?"
"Hungry!" roars the grizzly.
Again the nun asks, "Is there nothing I can say or do to convince you to spare me?"
"Hungry!" roars the grizzly again. "And...a little lonely. Perhaps a hug?"
The young nun spreads her arms to embrace the grizzly.
"Stop!" roars the grizzly. "You have to be naked."
"Why?" asks the surprised & blushing nun.
"Because", answers the grizzly, "It has to be a bare hug."


I'm not sure, but I think this is inspired by Munch's "Omega & the Girl"
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hipvet Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
......roll reversal lol...wish I'd thought of that one. Is that a supine lupine in the forest?
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
heh...I bean down so long it looks like up to me? or...bean there, done that? What do you suppose she pines for in the forest? Or...am I barking up the wrong tree...
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hipvet Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
Ouch...you wood say that woodn't yew. That just leaves one question.....when you branching into other fields? :)
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
well...you're a pistel aren't you? I shoulda seed these comin. I'm not sure I can keep this up- not sure if I have the stamena. Ha...no more puns (some one's gotta stem the tide). :) XO
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jfkpaint Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
Great Evan, wonderful to see something new from you. I'm feeling that Red was scarred for life in her youth. Red the Wolf Bounty Hunter. Sells the pelts for a living. She looks hard.
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
thank you...it's good to get something done...pages of sketching, so I have been working...
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Masasasaki Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
Wow, this is awesome! Great work! I love it!
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
thank you!
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Masasasaki Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
You are welcome!
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Swank8 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
This is like one of the main characters in that French movie: Brotherhood of the Wolf...
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
Confession time. I loved that movie. I also liked "In the Company of Wolves"...& another confession..."Ginger Snaps (the Begining)" & "Ginger Snaps Back"...
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Swank8 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
I wish I knew those. Sadly, I don't. I'll have to check them out. Can you check out my gallery? I really think your work is great and would appreciate some critique.
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jeswise Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooo. I like this one a lot!
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
Thank you :)
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
... wow! I love the way you did the trees .. i'l always trying to observe conifers & wrap my brain around them, but they never seem to take .. so much nuance in so frugal detail! Your skintone shadows are very gentle, & I also am really impressed with the incorporation of line .. you made it end up looking like a watercolor :)
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
Thank you...I love the old classical illustrators...someday...
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soxrule Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
wonderful twist on the little red tale!! beautiful picture very well done!!
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
thank you. I'm a huge fan of fairy tales that've been subverted a little...
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soxrule Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
yup I know what you mean I have my own version of Red in my gallery as well!!
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
Great gallery of characters you've got. Liked your Red...Grandma didn't fare too well in your concept either...I like the look on the wolf's face, as if the wolf were thinking geez Red, tone it down a bit...
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soxrule Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
thanks,its fun to put a new twist on an old classic!! Glad you liked it
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hipvet Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
......................nice one. Guess the steaks were reversed too :)
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
stakes, steaks, high steaks (cows on acid)...I guess I could have said the rolls were reversed....
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