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The Bear-Men

The Bear-Men

An illustration for 'The Description of a New World Called the Blazing World' written by Margaret Cavendish.

“ last perceived land, but covered all with snow: from which came walking upon the Ice strange Creatures; in shape like Bears, only they went upright as men...”

I painted this with palette knives and acrylic paint on MDF board before photographing it and enhancing it with photo editing software. This allows me a great amount of freedom with the final outcome while still keeping the interesting textures which working traditionally gives.