The Green Man Awakens, Phil McDarby (2D)

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Old 04 April 2009   #1
The Green Man Awakens, Phil McDarby (2D)

Title: The Green Man Awakens
Name: Phil McDarby
Country: Ireland
Software: Photoshop

Hey everyone,

I started working on this image a few weeks back and over time it evolved into an image of awakening. I'm always telling my daughter that everything wakes up in springtime, watching the flowers and leaves bud in our back garden over the last month, so the image evolved in that direction. Herne the Hunter calling The Green Man out of his winter slumber - tendrils of his magic reaching toward The Green Man's heart. I can't count how many hours I've spent on it, but the full image ended up being 10000px wide. It is a mixture of painting and elements of my own photography. Rather than go into a big explanation, I have posted a detailed walkthrough on my site here -

if anyone is interested in seeing how it evolved. This was my original plate - a tree I was fascinated by, in whose branches I saw an ancient creature leaning over.

Anyway, thanks as always for taking time to look!

A Daily Forest
Old 04 April 2009   #2
Great textures!Amazing work!!
Old 04 April 2009   #3
Great, great technique ... It's a beautiful picture, as usual ^^
The colors are amazing.

5 stars
Old 04 April 2009   #4
No words, just super ..BIGGG fan of your dragon series..
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Old 04 April 2009   #5
Hi Phil,

Lovely theme man! great light and ambient, thanks for the walktrought, its great to see how you manage this sort of work and in the end things look alltoghether! you getting better every picture! Congrats

Old 04 April 2009   #6
Phil strikes back! Man, I love your works...really brilliant. Your woods are full of mysticism and fantasy. I think to myself: "Where the hell does this guy live? Fangorn forest?". The walkthrough is also brilliant. Thanks for gifting us with it.
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Old 04 April 2009   #7
Thanks so much for the encouraging words guys, much appreciated.

Goncalo, cheers - for me it's always about trying to improve on the last

Hey Andreas, good to see you man - Fangorn, eh? I wish! You can imagine how blown away I was by the job they did for the movies - talk about nailing it! Hope you're well mate.

Here's a crop of a detail - 50% of final res -

And the original landscape format here

Thanks again!

A Daily Forest
Old 04 April 2009   #8
i literally jaw dropped looking at this..amazing details!
Old 04 April 2009   #9
Really great work - very lush and magical.
Old 04 April 2009   #10
I can see that you loved doing this, all the details are done so carefully and well, and come together for a great whole--a beautiful image!
Old 04 April 2009   #11
really good

Really strong... the details are working perfect, and my mind sometimes cannot say what is real what is manipulation or painting. It really good.
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Old 04 April 2009   #12
Thank you Michael, L.W. and Vaidas.

You're right L.W. - I particularly enjoyed this one


A Daily Forest
Old 04 April 2009   #13
Wow lots ov details
nice work man

Best regards

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Old 04 April 2009   #14
azz!!! real amazing work!!!
Old 04 April 2009   #15
Utterly breathtaking The photographic elements are seamlessly integrated. Beautiful, beautiful work.
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