Herne's Hunt

Sci fi/Fantasy image by

Crystal LaBranche

this is a personal favorite of mine even if the proportions are off.This lithograph is a tribute to Herne the Hunter of the ancient Celtic woods. As a god of nature he was said to represent all that was wild and uncaring in nature. He was neither cruel or kind--his justice was that of the strongest shall live. Once a year in the middle of winter he was known to release his pack of dogs to hunt upon the land. They were white with red ears, and their bark as they hunted their quarry was said to sound like a flock of geese racing through the sky. Any livestock or person left without shelter was fair game in the Great Hunt. In this scene Herne has just started the Hunt and is sending his pack out into the night.There are many versions of Herne, who shares mythological attributes with Cernunnos, the Green Man, the "Horned One". It is unknown whether these were once specifically different deities at one time or regional variations that have congealed over time. This is a lithograph done in toner. I darkened the entire stone and worked negatively--brushing out the image before I set the toner. Detailed work was done with sandpaper and razor blade after the toner was set. I used images of Irish wolfhounds for the dogs as they have changed little since their glory days in old Ireland.


Published More than a year ago

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