Thursday, July 16, 2009

Footsteps in the Forest

While sorting through some old artwork, I came across this book cover design I did for a story I've been meaning to finish writing. In the end it became more of an art experiment than a writing exercise. The whole purpose of this piece done in pastels is to "loosen up" my style by quickly drawing the trees and the branches and blending the colors given the 1 hour time limit I set myself to complete it. This was in order to try to get over my habit of being a little too obsessive compulsive when it came to every minute detail of each piece whether in terms of the visual or symbolic details.

Instead of presenting you with another explanation of the concept I had in mind, I invite you to look at it. Really look and try to see if you can see something hidden. I'm not giving away the answer for now since it's always interesting to hear other people's theories on what they see in a particular piece before hearing my take on it.


  1. I could swear I see the form/figure of a person in the light in the center or this. hard to make out, but thats how I see it. Beautiful work as usual Michelle. I love seeing the world through your eyes.

  2. You did this in an hour? WOW! It's amazing Michelle, loving it. I also see a figure in the center of the picture. At first glance it looks like a phoenix just starting to fly. But when I look again, it could be a female figure with wings. Maybe an angel?
    Keep up your wonderful work!

  3. @hauntngmelody - thanks Michelle :)Yes, there is a figure in the centre. I was just wondering whether it was too obvious or hard to see or just vaguely visible enough. :)

    @sabzenaz - Thanks! :) Sorry for the late reply. I haven't been on this blog for so long I eventually forgot my password and took a while to get back in. I've been posting my work & news on my facebook fanpage. A LOT has happened since this post:

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