You have probably seen images of these cute little sculptures all over the social media in the last couple of days. It seems like these fantasy clay creatures are slowly but surely taking over the internet. And rightly so! These tame Forest Guardians radiate with strong, enchanting appearance, transporting you into dream land. Emily Coleman is the artist, and self-taught sculptor behind these wonderful creatures called Arbori. The Arbori are fantastic creatures of all shapes and sizes that blend in with the various landscapes of the planet. Forest guardians translate perfectly her love for fantasy creatures and her connection with wildlife and nature.
In 2008, Emily sculpted the original Arbori, called “The Forest Spirit” (now “The Summer Dragon”). She created this piece originally as an experiment in texture, drawing inspiration from Miyazaki films. Emily’s creates her art pieces with Sculpey and Apoxie. Her cast pieces are sculpted in Monster Clay, molded with silicone, and cast in urethane resin. She creates her own molds and casts and hand paint all of the pieces.
I am an environmentalist who works to spread a positive message about conservation through the creation of fantastic plant based creatures.
My inspiration comes from nature and wildlife. I live in Florida, and am surrounded by ever-changing flora and fauna. Just by looking out my window each day I have a constant drive to keep making art and work to protect the planet.
All of my work I produce in-house. I sculpt my figures in oil clay, make silicone molds, and then produce resin casts. I hand paint each one for the final product. This is much more economical than sculpting every figure by hand and it makes the end product much more affordable for my customers.
I am looking to move into more garden sculptures and planters. I really love the idea of merging my work with live plants. It’s gone over really well with my audience. With this I also hope to start moving up in size so I can produce more detailed pieces.
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It seems like no nature lover is able to resist these adorable little dragons. These gentle spirits of the forest look like a perfect protectors of your plants and small succulent gardens. I don’t even need to ask if you would like to own one of your own. I already know the answer. You can acquire these magnificent creatures on Emily’s shop. Can’t get enough of Emily? For daily updates on her work follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and DeviantArt. Finally, I would like to invite you to share your thoughts on this subject in the comment section bellow.
Visual content courtesy of Emily Coleman.