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The Copper Forest by Ravenari The Copper Forest by Ravenari
76 x 51 centimetres // 30 x 20 inches. 


Ink (0.1 / 0.5 fineliner)
Coloured Pencil / Watercoloured Pencil
Minor acrylic detailing in cream and copper.
Illustration board (Crescent)

Colouring progress here // Detail shots here.

Animals to Find

1. Two ravens
2. Sleeping dragon
3. Owl
4. Two pheasants
5. Two fairy wrens
6. Spiny possum
7. Fox
8. Lizard
9. Two bears
10. Beetle with a castle on its back

About the Project

Since being diagnosed with cancer on February 14th, 2017, I have been exploring the concept of ecosystems that are sick, but still beautiful and in their own way, thriving. Which is almost every ecosystem. Ultimately, I proceeded with an Inktober project in the style of The Bronze Forest  before it (because I had forgotten how tortuous it is to work on a piece this big lol), to process my feelings.

 
The Bronze Forest by Ravenari (The Bronze Forest)

The Copper Forest was envisaged as a forest that would be autumnal in feeling. The trees are mostly bare, there are many broken branches, and many hollows eaten into the trees. Those trees standing have galls. But life in abundance, and beauty, persists. My own cancer is genetic, it is an autosomal dominant condition that is incurable. My tumours are inoperable (they are operable, but in the 'wait until you're ready to die' sense), and I start radiation soon. But my life is rich and filled with beauty. I am an ecosystem of so much life and abundance, amongst some nuisance tumours in my head and neck. And while my life is very focused on them right now, it's also focused on my friends, garden, animal companions and more. 

It's taken me a long time to realise that despite the dis-ease of chronic illness and genetic malfunction, despite mental illness and requiring tablets to help my brain comprehend feelings of wellbeing, I am still a whole ecosystem and brilliant in my own way. The Copper Forest was in a way, a sort of affirmation of that. 

And so here we are, at the end of 6 months. Life is good.
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changewinds Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Professional General Artist
Wow, this is gorgeous. Not only is it impactful with the galled trees and bare, and hollowed trees, but to see your exacting style fill an environment and populate an ecosystem really makes it striking. It has the feel of an old children's book illustration. Sweet and slightly sinister at the same time.
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah I'm SO glad it has that oldschool children's book illustration, it's sort of what I was going for. I'd love to do more things like it, but combining the colours as well makes it such a laborious process and yet I STILL LOVE IT <3
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AmuletStar Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the warm, bronze colours here! And finding all those little animals encourages is such a close, inviting way to look at all the beautiful details. It's wonderful.
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
And now I get to take a big long break before doing another one lol
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describingxlove Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018  Student Artist
This is so good! May I use it for a banner for my oc page? I will give credit
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes of course! :) (Apologies for the belated response)
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describingxlove Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2018  Student Artist
Thank you so much!
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Charlene-Art Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful inking and detail! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings about cancer - it's easy for others to jump to conclusions how you should feel perhaps based on how they feel or cliches they have seen. But I thank you for sharing your unique and positive perspective on it.
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! And yeah there's definitely a lot of cliches around cancer, it's a huge mythologised process, and living through it is...not quite like that! :D
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Charlene-Art Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Fair enough! Well thank you for sharing.
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WolfliDeluxe Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so awesome and stunning and and there are so many details in there! I can't even begin to imagine how much time and energy must have flown into this! And yes, even in illness this forest is full of life and truly beautiful :'D

Aaah I keep finding new stuff the more I look :D And that dragon in the back that merges with the environment? Awesome!
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
It did take a while! But it was a very satisfying project. :D (Hee, so glad you enjoy the dragon too!)
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Ravenroseserpent Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Student General Artist
oh this is so gorgeous love the colour and I found all the animals
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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Ravenroseserpent Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2018  Student General Artist
your welcome
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PsydeliriuMIMO Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2018
bravo & courage 
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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LayaLVNSK Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow..really beautiful work
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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Uranus-seventhsun Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2018
All the critter, great and small hidden within the foilage. Delightful!
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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cirruscastle Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018   Traditional Artist
It's so beautiful and filled with detail.
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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moccabun Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing details, I discovered so many new objects when I enlarged the pic :) 
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, the small view really doesn't do justice to all those small animals, heh. :D
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Doll-Ladi Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018
:TheClap: by stuck-in-suburbia  your work is greatly admired
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Doll-Ladi Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2018
A great pleasure :D
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Sonic1612 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool!
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Sonic1612 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome!
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Ceratul Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018
I wish you all the love and beauty you need to have a good life with your illness. Lots of energy from Germany and all the best. You will live further through this beautiful artwork.
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! *waves from Australia* Love Germany, and hope to visit there one day. :)
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Ceratul Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018
Very cool. On first view I thought it is digital. Insane how long this takes. Props for the hard work.
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh that's so amazing that it came across as digital first!
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Sagebrush-N-Saddles Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Professional General Artist
So awesome!
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Silviux93abletv Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Cool :D
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Silviux93abletv Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Np I love the draw
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Ladnavar Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Professional General Artist
Quite an epic work :3
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
It did take a while :D
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Professional General Artist
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:iconravenari:
Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2018  Professional General Artist
:blowkiss:
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Bear-hybrid Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is such a beautiful and detailed artwork & your motivations for making it drive the meaning even deeper. This is just fantastic. Good luck in your battles ahead!
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! And it's been a good companion piece of art for a while now, but time to turn my attention back to smaller projects again!
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful. I found all the animals. :)
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh that's awesome!
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longestdistance Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is so incredibly gorgeous and beautifully heartfelt. I admire your strength in the face of adversity and the way you're making the best of things for what they are. I especially love the thick outlines of the foliage in the foreground. Wonderful work; definitely one of your best in my opinion!

Of course the first thing I looked for was the owl
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Details

Submitted on
March 15, 2018
Image Size
10.3 MB
Resolution
3500×2251
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Camera Data

Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS 750D
Shutter Speed
1/49 second
Aperture
F/4.0
Focal Length
27 mm
ISO Speed
4000
Date Taken
Mar 15, 2018, 6:37:46 PM
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
Sensor Size
13mm