IF: wilderness

My take on this week's Illustration Friday theme: "wilderness." Why is she naked, you ask? My answer is two-fold. 1) Why not? 2) I tried to dress her but clothes looked stupid in this context. What does one wear to ride a bear through the woods in the middle of winter? Something, I'm sure, but for the life of me I couldn't tell you what. If anyone has a bear I can ride through the woods I'd be happy to do the research required to answer this pressing question. Until then: naked.

I've been wanting to learn to screenprint for years, and I sort of had that in mind when I colored this... I think it would make a pretty awesome poster should I ever actually get around to that. Which I will. Sometime this year, preferably.

I always think it's fun to see the sketches and process behind a finished piece. In this case the drawing I took into Illustrator was a featureless thumbnail in the very corner of my sketchbook, doodled while in the middle of working on another idea for this same topic. That thing up there? Pretty much actual size. Maybe a little bigger. Generally I do more finished drawings before I start on something, but the tiny-ness of this amused me so I thought I'd share.


  1. Is that a little face in the moon? Maybe the ambiguity is what is so cool about it. I like the color scheme and how the snow becomes one with the border. The characters and even the trees are great! Well done!!

  2. Nice! Anymore clothes, she'd be overdressed :)

  3. If you're hardcore enough to ride a bear in the first place, I'm SURE you'd be hardcore enough to do it naked.

    Great image, I love it!

  4. LOVE this image! And agree with voz above - certainly more hardcore ;)
    Beautiful image hardcore or not. Totally opens up the spirit of wilderness!

  5. Maybe you drew it this way because you wanted her bear naked - sorry - bare naked.

  6. love it! she's wild and free and powerfull.

    your stuff makes me happy.

  7. I just love when people share the sketches behind the finished work! Thanks!
    I also really enjoyed the poetic feel of this image, lovely work!

  8. Thanks everyone!

    Emily - I always love seeing the sketches, too, so I figured I should start doing the same. :)

  9. Nothing like your bare ass on your bear ass.


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