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Lady of the Beech Wood by MatejCadil Lady of the Beech Wood by MatejCadil
The December monthly contest on Projekt Ilustrace was Spirit of the Forest. At first I really didn't know what to do with it, but gradually an inspiration came and I got this idea. I love beech woods; there are some really beautiful ones not far from Prague, such as Křivoklátsko or Voděrady Beechwood, where I love to walk.
I've always liked this kind of blending human figure with other things in a somewhat surreal or dreamlike way. You may see her as some kind of forest fairy or spirit, or maybe a personification of the beech wood itself. In Czech I named the picture Bučina, which literally means "beech forest" or "beech wood" but it is a feminine word (see grammatical gender) so it sounds quite appropriate for this lady. :-)

watercolour pencils
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Critique by MiaErrianIrielynn MiaErrianIrielynn/critique/1332595698">Jan 14, 2016, 9:24:56 AM
Jednoduše - dokonalé! miluju barevnou kombinaci - žlutá, zelená, oranžová! Sukně z listí je samo o sobě skvělý nápad který je tu famózně dodetailovaný - jak přechází v lesní půdu. Mechovitý živůtek je prostě parádní kontrast a jemně namalovaný. Celý styl hovoří o voňavém a teplém létu, má to nádhernou atmosféru. Plus musím dodat, že jako strážkyně lesa, je tím co lesu vládne, zahrnuje ho láskou a ještě v něm dokonale zapadne, že ji cizinci nemohou najít. Tenhle motiv byl u mě vítězem od prvního pohledu ;)
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Tit-Lilou Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
Very beautiful spirit Wow!
Your illustrations are amazing
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it. I'm quite glad with how this one turned out. :-)
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SarkaSkorpikova Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Neuvěřitelně krásný obrázek, oku lahodící kombinace barev, perfektní nápad a skvělé zpracování :) 
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Díky, díky, jsem moc rád, že se líbí. Sám mám z toho radost, jak mi to vyšlo. :-)
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kylieleane Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Professional Writer
Wow, what stunning work. This is really beautiful. The colors are incredibly vibrant and it all just makes me feel so much like going to a forest and walking among the trees. We're coming into autumn here in Australia and the colors just immerse me in that autumn feeling. ^^; It's really, really lovely. Thank you so much for sharing such beautiful, wonderful art. 
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for your kind words! :hug:
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kylieleane Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Professional Writer
You're most welcome Sparkle Hug 
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vvveverka Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No, co ti budu vykládat, opět úžasná práce! :aww: Skvělý nápad, který si okamžite získal můj hlas na Projektu, obrovské množství detailů, krásné barvy, prostě paráda! :hug:
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Díky, to opravdu rád slyším. S tímhle jsem si docela vyhrál, a jsem moc rád, že to dobře vyšlo, protože se přece jenom jedná zase o něco trochu jiného než co většinou dělám, ale zároveň něco v takovém stylu mě vždycky lákalo zkusit. :-)
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vvveverka Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Rozhodně to stálo zato! :D (A věřím, že to vyhraješ! :aww:)
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely concept :) Birches are my favourite trees, they are very graceful
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :-)
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Fergusthefiddler Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016
When I first saw the miniature, I thought this was your version of Yavanna :D Anyway, very nice picture. I like specially the details and the amount of contrast between reds and greens
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your comment! Indeed I have quite similar concept in mind for Yavanna, so your guess really was not far from truth. But this time I just didn't felt like starting doing portraits of the Valar, so instead I chose to do something more specifically expressing my love for beech woods. :-)
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