My love of Gnomes started when I read Wil Huygen and Rien Poortvliet's 'Gnomes' book when I was very young. Rien Poortvliet, to me, will always be the one artist who captured Gnomes exactly like I want them to be. They are wise, prone to smiling, forgiving, noble, bold and are the ultimate nature warriors.
The main character in the book I have been writing for far too long is a Gnome. I've tried to capture his likeness on numerous occasions, but I've never quite got him right, here's is today's attempt. Expect more over the coming months.
100 Heads in 100 Days #16
About once every couple of years, I have a really vivid dream involving discovering a previously unknown hoard of Rien Poortvliet books. The dreams are so vivid that I can picture myself looking through the books, seeing artwork he never actually produced, but seeing them perfectly in his style. The feelings these dreams stir up linger for weeks afterward.