Under Wildwood :: Maude

VCFA midterm is complete! Over the holiday break I did a lot of reading, organizing, and thinking about how I wanted to finish my second semester at VCFA. One of the books I got for Christmas was Austin Kleon's Steal Like an Artist. It's a good book if you are feeling stuck. Chapter 3:

The manifesto is this: Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use—do the work you want to see done.

What do I want to see done? Under Wildwood. Well any Wildwood would be good, but I choose the second book of the series because it was the first book I read this semester and was a book I read with visual development in my brain. When I read it I wanted to draw everything, so that's what I'm going to do. For the rest of the semester I'm going to play like I'm on a visual development team for Under Wildwood and explore the characters and places in that story. I'm excited to see what comes out of the project.

Maude, the Great Blue Heron is my first character. A lot of the animals in Wildwood talk, while some talk and march around in clothes others seem like talking versions of their natural selves, and that is how I imagined Maude. She does gesture with her wings as humans would their arms so I drew what I thought it would look like if an oversized Great Blue was chatting with me. This is my Maude.