I drew this one for an assignment at university, where I chose to draw wood spirits and trees.
I love birches, they always remind me of Sweden. Thinking of Sweden I thought of a Swedish myth someone had told me about, that of Skogsrået.
Skogsrået is a wood nymph which looks like a beautiful human female from the front, but her back is supposed to resemble a rotten tree with a tail.
Well, her back defenitely doesn't look like a rotten tree, but she has the tail :)
Skogsrået lures men deep into the woods showing them her lovely front and then turns round and disappears, leaving the men disoriented to find their own way back, if possible. Nice, isn't it? ^^
I didn't intend to draw Skogsrået here, actually in the beginning it was just a study on birches, then I wanted to add some sort of wood elf/nymph/fae and in the end it became something that resembled Skogsrået a little, therefore I added her name and story in the description.