Nov 10, 2009

My Woodland, My Nightmare - Out on a Limb

“Out on a Limb” is the second illustration for the “My Woodland, My Nightmare” series. This piece continues the themes started with Burden to Bear, which I posted last month. Further works in the series are to be posted soon!

Shown above is the sculpture made for “Out on a Limb”. The owls were made from a combination of apoxie, polymer clay, synthetic fur, and the base is solid oak.

A photograph of the sculpture was then composited in Photoshop to create the final illustration. The desolate forest background is a picture from my trip to the Rockies in the summer. The picture is of Kootenay National Park in British Columbia. In the summer of 2003 lightening caused a forest fire to the already dry forest. It burned for 40 days, over an expanse of 170 square km (12% of Kootenay National Park). The area is known to have problems with the Redwood Bark Beetle, a parasite which attacks weak trees. The trees die and are then easily prone to catching fire. The area was just beginning to recover when I was there.


Diana said...

Jessica, your sculpture illustrations are too cool! I love their atmosphere. And your little creature are really sweet!

Jessica Fortner said...

Thank you Diana!