Herne the Hunter

Sci fi/Fantasy image by

Ele J.

WOOHOO! First picture up in AGES! Having spent months not being able to draw anything worthwhile, I count this as a personal victory.So, here we have Herne the Hunter, of English folklore fame. Well, actually... I came across him in "The Dark is Rising" series by Susan Cooper. He leads the Wild Hunt through Windsor Forest in Berkshire, together with his magical steed and pack of demonic hounds. Um, which I kinda forgot to draw in. Well, there's always a next time. The Herne in this picture is quite different to Susan Cooper's (believe me, I've tried to draw owl's eyes in a deer's face, and it REALLY didn't work...) and also different, it turns out, to the original folk story, in which Herne is the ghost of a dead man who was resurrected in a ritual involving antlers being tied to his head (well, who am I to question the occult...?). Things went pear-shaped when he later ran mad and killed himself in Windsor Forest at the foot of an oak tree. Which I also forgot to include. Whoops. Oh well, if you really hate my interpretation then make up your own story to explain it!There's a bit of symbology in here but I expect you're perfectly able to catch it. Just understand that Herne's also linked with a Celtic deity of fertility. Yep, inuendo is fun! But I will tell you what the runes mean: - On his upper arm: male, fertility - Lower arm: power (though not evil power) and direct access to the spirit world - On his hunting horn: battle rune - On his spear top: rapid change. (Yeah, seems a little vague but I was thinking about the unpredictability of wild magic... blah blah blah).As for the drawing itself, I'm quite pleased with it! I didn't need to spend hours working on guiding lines and scrubbing holes in the paper with an eraser like I usually do. However I do see some faults; his hand is... icky... and you'll have to excuse my painful use of "large areas of shadow". Ahem. Well, use your imagination... full frontal nudity is not on my "to do" list right at the moment. Mechanical pencil on plain paper, with a bit of darkening and tinting in good old photoshop.


Published More than a year ago

Category Horror



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