She’s the spirit of nature and the bringer of life.
The mother of the animals and the forest his wife.
I Finished this illustration last August. It’s a forest spirit sitting on a mushroom playing with the butterflies which are happily flying around.
The illustration is made with Faber Castell Pitt fine liners and van Gogh watercolors.
Sketches and work in progress
In this second sketch I cleaned up the image from the previous rough sketch. Using a light box to transfer some of the elements I liked and modified things I wanted to change. One of the changes I made in this sketch was the size of the butterflies. In the first sketch these were relatively small. They should had been bigger compared to the size of the forest spirit. I Think I even made them a little bit bigger yet in the final illustration. I Also added some other forest animals and I changed the flowers behind the mushroom to some grass plumes in the foreground.
A Picture of the painting process. Here I have painted most of the illustration, I still needed to paint the hair and her skin as well as the shadow on the mushroom. At this point I thought the background was a little bit empty, so I added some trees. It was a bit of a gamble since I did not knew how it would turn out, but I like them in the end result.