Sketch Studio - By Anna Overmoyer

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Leprechaun -Part 7/7


This is the last of a 7-piece series of illustrations that I completed for The Woodland Faerie Trail of Achill Island in Ireland.  They are printed on wooden plaques and scattered throughout fairy houses and lovely, mossy, ivy-ed trees.


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The Leprechaun.  A 2-3 foot, red-haired, green-clad, tri-cornered creature.  Crafty, and clever, he frequents our fairy stories with pots of gold and rainbows.  And like most fairies, he loves the whisky drink and bit of dance and craic.  Beyond that the Leprechaun is, by trade,  a cobbler of shoes, but only one at a time.

That's it for this series of Irish fairies.  No promises, of course!

Fishwife

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 Acrylic on Wood

Pooka -Part 6/7

This is the sixth of a 7-piece series of illustrations that I completed for The Woodland Faerie Trail of Achill Island in Ireland.  They are printed on wooden plaques and scattered throughout fairy houses and lovely, mossy, ivy-ed trees.


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The Pooka is a mysterious, shape-shifting creature.  Although it can take shape as whatever serves it's dangerous purposes, it often comes in the dead of night in the shape of a fearsome black stallion with blazing red eyes.  Luring men onto his back, he gallops into the night and eventually bucks them off.

The Pooka can also come in the form of a giant white rabbit, like in the 1950 film, "Harvey."  It might also be recognized as the festive, magical Easter character we all know and love. 

Stay tuned for more Irish fairies!



Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Leshi -Part 5/7


This is the fifth of a 7-piece series of illustrations that I completed for The Woodland Faerie Trail of Achill Island in Ireland.  They are printed on wooden plaques and scattered throughout fairy houses and lovely, mossy, ivy-ed trees.

The Leshi is a spirit guardian of the forest.  He is a solitary, wily creature.  He is distrustful of and dangerous to humans because of our destructive natures, and will lead hikers and campers astray in the deep woods.  He is half-sized and nearly impossible to see while immobile. 

Stay tuned for more Irish fairies!


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Branching Out



Here is a step-by-step of a memorial mural I did for someone a little while ago.  It was a fun change of pace to go on-site, paint, step back in satisfaction and then go home.  

This tree was designed to have tiny little photographs hanging off of the branches, remembering those family members who have passed on.  I included some classic Celtic designs into the tree swirlys.  Can you find 'em?











Cheerio! 
ANNA
xoxo


Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Gonconer -Part 4/7



This is the fourth of a 7-piece series of illustrations that I completed for The Woodland Faerie Trail of Achill Island in Ireland.  They are printed on wooden plaques and scattered throughout fairy houses and lovely, mossy, ivy-ed trees.

The Gonconer is related to the Leprechaun, which is noticeable in his devious and greedy nature.  Also known as the Love-talker, this fairy takes the form of a half-sized, gorgeous man with dark shining eyes and cold lips, and is rarely seen without a pipe at the ready.  Smoking aside, the Gonconer's favorite past-time is snaring innocent farm girls in the mist, seducing them for a kiss, thus ruining them for life. 

Stay tuned for more Irish fairies!