Herne the Hunter Picture

Pencil, ink, tea and coffee, acrylic and chalk and charcoal. 3 hours.


This drawing was inspired by the British myth concerning Herne the Hunter, a ghost associated with Windsor Park - he was a hunter who guards the park after a supposed hunting accident, although the mythology surrounding him is debated by many. His earliest mention was in the Shakespeare play "The Merry Wives of Windsor":

Sometime a keeper here in Windsor Forest,

Doth all the winter-time, at still midnight,

Walk round about an oak, with great ragg'd horns;

And there he blasts the tree, and takes the cattle,

And makes milch-kine yield blood, and shakes a chain

In a most hideous and dreadful manner.

You have heard of such a spirit, and well you know

The superstitious idle-headed eld

Receiv'd, and did deliver to our age,

This tale of Herne the Hunter for a truth.

And I took this thought and decided to base an illustration around it. I rather liked the idea that he was wild and feral and thusly had grown into the landscape - much like the colossi in Shadow of the Colossus - and so I decided foliage and suchlike would be appropriate to be "growing" around and on his body. Although I feel I could have made the tree-arm look more natural, I quite like this piece. The anatomy is deliberately slightly eschew because I also wanted it to look like he was part deer.
I painted him in earthy tones using tea and coffee, then added the extra details in acrylic paints and charcoal for added tone.
Also how do you draw dicks seriously
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