Some weeks ago I bought Linda Ravenscroft’s book “How to draw and paint Fairyland” (the German version). I found the painting of a tree spirit on one of the pages of the book and felt like painting one, too. Her version is much cuter, more like an illustration in a children’s book, though.
I did a rough sketch with a pencil and then taped the paper on a board. Then I put it aside for the next day. The drawing was looking at me when I had my breakfast the next morning, and it made me really keen on putting paint on it when I returned from work.
Being a newbie to Gouache painting it was a real challenge for me to get the various shades of brown and green. I also still struggled with the amount of water and paint on the brush, but I had the impression that – slowly – I was getting a feeling for it.