Romanticise Your Walks, by Eva McLean

[On 24 February the Centre held an event we called ‘The Immanent Grove’, in celebration of the achievements of the University of Glasgow’s Fantasy graduates. The event focused on the close relationship between fantasy and trees, with special reference to the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, Ursula K. Le Guin, Patricia McKillip, Doctor Seuss, John Keats and Terry Brooks, among many others.

This week we feature an illustration by current Fantasy MLitt student Eva McLean, which describes how she resorted to drawing trees as a means of getting through lockdown.]

Inspired by her surroundings during lockdown walks, Eva turned the concept of these daily walks into a fairy tale-esque illustration. The hand-drawn piece kept her busy over the lockdown months. There is something inherently fantastical about forests. Eva is drawn to creating imagery that has an enchanted feel to it like the illustrations paired with Grimms’ fairy tales. Eva decided to turn the illustration into the shape of a book as she loves artwork that incorporates narrative. When Eva doesn’t have her head stuck in a book, she can be found writing reviews and posting more doodles on her bookstagram: evacat_reads.

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