This image has three inspirations. First was the female nude model who took this pose during a life drawing session, using the stick for balance and to hold steady for ten minutes. Then when I was re-drawing it later, it made me think of the animated film (and book) called The Man Who Planted Trees. Lastly, the overall style is I think influenced a bit by the art of Eric Gill.
This is a fine art rubber stamp designed and made by Steven Vander Meer in Humboldt County, California. The die is deeply etched natural red vulcanized rubber, which is hand trimmed and adhered to red sponge cushion (the good kind, not the self-adhesive kind). The cushion is also trimmed by hand and then mounted to a smoothly sanded and oiled Maple block, with a clear black index printed on the top. The MEER IMAGE name is hot iron branded onto the end-grain of the block, and the SVM personal signature chop is added to the top of the block in red ink (space permitting).
Mount Type:Maple hardwood block indexed in black and finished with linseed oil.
Block Width:2.25 inches
Block Length:4 inches
Block Thickness:3/4 inch
Image Size:Approximately 1/4 inch less than block size