Rendered in acrylic watercolours in 1983, this is an imaginary Heart of England forested landscape, with my portrayal of the legendary outlaw, Robin Hood. To the far right, the Sheriff’s castle shown in silhouette is surveyed from the cover of a stout old English oak.
The pose of the outlaw is taken from a figure on the cover of a paperback published by Airmont Classics [ISBN 0-8049-0067-1] It is undated, but it was around the late 1970s or early 1980s that I purchased it, so whether it was first issued then or reissued from an earlier time, I have no idea. It is titled: ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood by E. Charles Vivian’, with illustrations by Jules Gotlieb.
The landscape and colour-scheme and the features and clothing of the outlaw chief in this representation are all entirely my own style and creation: from the misty silhouetted castle on the far right and the characteristic embossed bark scales and owl-peephole in the hollowed out old oak, to the pastel-hued flowers around the outlaw’s leather-booted feet.
This entry was taken from a postcard sized photograph of the complete illustration showing a different tonal version of the original painting with the colouring muted in a more misty representation, as if on a dull and overcast interlude with the sun temporarily obscured behind a drifting cloud.
Dave Draper 2014
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