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The Oak King

By AngieLatham    
The Oak King rules the waxing half of the seasonal year, the fertile summer months of growth and greenery.Every Summer Solstice he battles with the Holly King ,who wins ,and rules over the dark,cold months of winter....only to be beaten once again by the Oak King at Winter goes the eternal cycle of birth,death and rebirth in nature.

Special thanks to Fraser , a real man of the woods,who kindly posed for me at the EPZ meet in Rowardennan last week.The celtic wooden carvings used in the image are his own handy work and he also built the stone throne he is sitting on Smile

I have included the original photograph in the mod section.All other photographs used are also mine,approx 24 layers in all Smile
I wasen't going to attempt this manip for a while....but then channel 4 showed Lord of the Rings tonight...:-p

Tags: Celtic Rowardennan06 Wood Specialist and abstract Digitally manipulated Green man God Pagan Witchcraft Wiccan Portraits and people

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SuziBlue 18 16.2k 10 Scotland
13 Nov 2006 3:03AM
Angie I've so been looking forward to this. And here it is! 24 layers! and worth every layer.

You've done the concept really proud I think, and the detail is just extraordinary. So many layers in this (and I don't mean layer layers, I mean layers! LOL) and a wonderful journey round the image for the eyes. I really like how you've used the carving as a background layer too - everything feels so organic and rich. (Love that font in front of him - lovely and mossy!)

Great work Angie - glad to have seen this :-]
AngieLatham 17 790 2 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2006 3:10AM
Thanks so much Suzi Grin Thought I was the only one up at this time in the morning! wander you sleep in ;-P
I'm off to bed now,I'm creativly exausted!lol
daviewat 17 4.1k Scotland
13 Nov 2006 4:28AM
Go for it girl Smile)) all those layers !!!!!

I will point Frazer to this image later on when I see him, he is heading out for a few days into the hills to build one or 2 more chairs Smile)


Possum 15 148 England
13 Nov 2006 7:06AM
Artistry. So much to see and look into. Truly beautiful.
Bexphoto 17 106 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2006 7:12AM
Absolutely fantastic Angie!

ktcam 16 457 Scotland
13 Nov 2006 7:43AM
A really interesting and beautifully expressed image. Full of detail, rich colour, fertility, abundance and depth of soul. He really does look every inch, the lord of the green woods Wink
beaniebabe 15 2.3k England
13 Nov 2006 8:00AM
Angie what a great way on earth could I of got this, he is such a nice bloke and loves everything outdoors Smile

Angie x
petra16 15 169 Scotland
13 Nov 2006 8:24AM
We have been waiting for this Angie, it is absolutely amazing so earthy and the colours are beautiful.

24 Layers I wouldn't know where to start

But I am going to try....


colin 17 697 5 Scotland
13 Nov 2006 8:27AM
You have a great talent, Angie. Nice to see the original before being worked on.
RoddBC 15 40 United States
13 Nov 2006 8:28AM
I bet Fraser will love this too! Thanks for including the orginal photograph. It's fun to see the labour of love that goes into this sort of creation.

juldon 18 78 England
13 Nov 2006 8:47AM
Yes thanks for the original its amazing to see what you can do from the first base.

Another nicely done manip and I am sure he will love this when he sees it.
Lovely tone of greens and a very rich picture.Exeptional blending.

Julie x
POOCHIE 15 21 6 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2006 8:49AM
Nicely done Angie, great to see a man in this enviroment doing what comes naturally.

sut68 18 2.0k 77 England
13 Nov 2006 9:23AM
Saw you taking these Angie, I thought you'd weave your magic well ... and I wasn't disappointed.

13 Nov 2006 9:33AM

AngieLatham 17 790 2 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2006 9:45AM
Thankyou so much everyone. I was a little nervous about coming back on the PC in the light of day and seeing what it was I posted at gone 2am this morning!I have a bad habit of uploading images as soon as I have finished them rather than sleeping on them! :-$
Luckily I'm still as pleased with it as I was back then.There are a few small things to clean I diden't notice the green orb in the middle of Frazer's crotch area!? The hair on the left needs a bit of cleaning up too as it looks a bit cloned.
I hope Frazer likes it Dave ,it's always a little daunting doing a manip of somone for whom it hasto be done right to do them justice.let me know what he thinks....i hope he dosen't get blown off the top of any hills,it's very windy here!

I'm off to do some commission work and will pop in again later. Hope your all having a good Monday morning! Smile x
DouglasLatham 16 454 England
13 Nov 2006 9:52AM
Stunning work there Angie Smile

AngieLatham 17 790 2 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2006 9:53AM
LOL, thankyou Roy and Dougie Grin

Some of you might know I am planning to do a manip of croberts as the Holly King...only wish I had taken some with him sitting on the stone throne too. I hope seeing Frazer like this hasen't made you nervous Chris! ;-P
User_Removed 18 39 6 Scotland
13 Nov 2006 12:20PM
Stunning work Angie just full of the joys of life

Luv Victor xx
AngieLatham 17 790 2 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2006 12:23PM
Lol....I think we must balance eachother out today,just commented on your own post. Fantastic be the darkness and I'll be the light today Grin Swap soon? x
arnieg 17 704 England
13 Nov 2006 12:33PM
stunninng shot of Fraser
JohnH37 15 1 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2006 4:36PM
Fantastic work.
BobbyHB 15 2 England
13 Nov 2006 8:03PM
Wow, 24 layers! No wonder you were up late!
Nice touch to let us see the original,what you have done with it is super. I shall know where to come for tuition if I ever find I get the urge to dabble.
Take care,
exposure Plus
17 6.0k United Kingdom
13 Nov 2006 11:06PM
A Brilliant image lovely detail and manipulation light tones and composition.
AngieLatham 17 790 2 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2006 7:11PM
Thankyou Arnie,John,Bob and Pauline Smile
PatrickSmith 16 1.2k 2 United States
14 Nov 2006 8:22PM
(echoing other peoples shock)
OMG! 24 layers?

Well I must say that your efforts really pay off. I had a look at the original. And you started out with a great pose and model and that really helps.

The funny thing about your description about how they battle, is that it really happens that way on a global scale. If you watch a satellite movie that spans an entire year, you will see these forces in action. Inevitably one wins, but there are many dramatic battles in between. Interesting how old wisdom can still be so modern.

AngieLatham 17 790 2 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2006 8:54PM
Thankyou so much Patrick Smile I hope you enjoy the Holly King which I have just uploaded as much. Yes, agree with the myths and how they are full of ancient just haveto look beneath the surface.
chrisrudland 17 156 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2006 10:23PM

This work is first class, I am a decent artist on paper but useless on the computer at generating anything that would come near this.

Your creativity using layers and blending ( I think) is a real talent.

jeanie 17 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2006 11:29AM
How did I miss this???
Excellent work and I am sure that Fraser will be thrilled. Every time I look at my Celtic pole I will think of this wonderful place now..

AngieLatham 17 790 2 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2006 5:53PM
Thankyou Chris! Smile I am the other way around...I never could paint or draw on paper what was in my head and only the age of digital software has given me the tools to create what I wish.Thankyou for your great compliment Smile

Thankyou Jeanie,your so lucky to have a pole done for you! I'd love one in my garden.....and a throne! :-P
NathanS 16 88 England
19 Nov 2006 9:57PM
Great image. Love Fraser's wood carving too.
20 Nov 2006 8:25PM
Wonderful work, ever thought of publishing your work?
AngieLatham 17 790 2 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2006 11:57PM
lol...yea!...just show me how! Grin

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