While I’ve previously posted about paintings on tree logs that mirror their surroundings, Netherlands-based illustrator and tattoo artist Kirsten Roodbergen has created lovely black and white animal portraits on slices of wood from cross-sectioned tree trunks.
These unconventional canvases make the base for her acrylic and copic marker creations. Kirsten enjoys making emotive black-and-white illustrations of nocturnal creatures like wolves, owls and bats. And each of her hand-crafted animal portraits are beautifully framed by the irregularly-shaped raw tree bark. Apart from drawing on wooden slices, she has also used wooden mannequin hands as the basis for larger illustrations.
Kirsten is skilled in several types of artistic media and she regularly tattoos similarly-themed designs onto clients. It’s clear that this creative endeavour has influenced her works on wood with the dark outlines and style of shading that’s popular in a traditional tattoo.
Kirsten’s animal portraits and other original artworks are all for sale in her Etsy shop and would look great on your wall at home.