Sculptor Emily Coleman’s three-dimensional creations that look like half plant and half mythical beast are an absolute delight to behold!
Yes, when we found these unique works by Florida-based artist Emily Coleman, they looked so magical, we had to share them with you. Coleman, a self-taught sculptor who began sculpting in 2001, calls these plant-based creatures from the forest the Arbori. She has apparently been producing similar dragon-themed sculptures since 2008, and we can’t help but be amazed at how the pieces look practically alive!
Coleman has mentioned that she draws part of her inspiration from the works of Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, and true enough, we have to say her Arbori sculptures wouldn’t look out-of-place in a Ghibli animated film, Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke in particular. The strong sense of life and energy the sculptures seem to emanate is also something that you would associate with the works of Ghibli and Miyazaki.
Here’s a look at just some of Coleman’s mythical yet life-like Arbori creations:
▼ The four different adult Arbori dragon varieties look splendid lined up together!
All four varieties of Adult Deciduous Arbori are in stock and ready to ship! While I don't plan on retiring this design, I will be moving away from the potted versions as I clear out my remaining pots. Get one now for 15% off with code HOLIDAY16 at emilysculpts.storenvy.com #bonsai #plant #tree #treedragon #dragon #fantasy #nature #sculpture #figure #garden
▼ A closer look at two of the Arbori dragons, one featuring a sakura theme (left) and the other decorated with maples and mushrooms (right).
A heads up! I am going to be headed to @designercon in a few weeks and most of my current stock is coming with me. I am going to start pulling stuff out of the shop to get it ready for shipping so if there is anything you had your eye on, snag it now. I can't guarantee what I will be restocking before the holidays. EmilySculpts.storenvy.com (link in profile) #bonsai #dragon #treedragon #tree #fantasy #nature #sculpture #figure #garden #plant
▼ The dragon’s serene and regal look seems to draw you in.
Took a bunch of "setting" photos yesterday of a few of my Deciduous Arbori. This is one of my faves from the day! I am going to be opening an Amazon Handmade shop where you will be able to order custom combinations for these guys. I also have plenty of pre-made ones in my regular shop at EmilySculpts.Storenvy.com (link in profile) #treedragon #bonsai #succulents #dragon #tree #plant #zen #moss #homeDecor #garden #nature #fantasy
▼ Whoever thought that dragons and succulent pots would go so well together?
Just a heads up, my succulent planter pots sold so well yesterday that I only have one pot left. If you were looking at getting one of these, now is your chance. I am not sure when I will be restocking these and when I do, it will be with different pots. Take 15% off with code HOLIDAY16 at emilysculpts.storenvy.com #succulent #planter #pot #dragon #garden #fantasy #nature #plant
▼ And they’re adorable in miniature size as well!
▼ This beauty is made of urethane resin and is apparently available as a blank kit that you can paint yourself!
Been mostly editing the new class lately but I carved out some time to work on painting this guy! He is featured in my Molding and Casting for Sculptors class (which is coming really soon!) he is solid cast urethane resin, in 8 parts plus the translucent base. I will put some blank kits up for those that are interested. He is soooo fun to paint! Kit will come with the legs glued in place. Almost done painting this one, just have he base to do. This is going in my personal collection but I will likely put some painted ones in the shop in the future. #treedragon #wip #sculpture #tree #dragon #forest #fantasy #nature
▼ Coleman’s Arbori dragons have even been recreated into amazing, one-of-a-kind toys, like this ball joint doll.
Best day ever! I just received my incredible one-of-a-kind Arbori ball joint doll, made by the amazing @vonborowsky Here he is meeting his counterpart, my original spring dragon sculpture. We filmed an unboxing video tonight that I will be posting in a few days. Until then, check out Ana's account for tons of photos and video of this guy. I am so blown away and honored to finally hold him in my hands. #dragon #treedragon #balljointdoll #bjd #fantasy #nature #sculpture #vonborowsky
▼ She’s even had her own Arboli plush doll made, which we have to agree looks quite amazing.
Don’t her sculptures look incredible? The pieces may look like they’re made of wood, but Coleman explains on her website that she works with Sculpey, Apoxie Sculpt, EPS foam, and Monster Clay. She also says she creates all her own molds and casts. The way she combines elements of nature and the seasons with mythical beasts is brilliant, and we think the gentle expression of the dragons is delightful and soothing to look at.
If like us, you’re captivated by Coleman’s Arbori, you can purchase her work on her website emilySculpts, and you can also find more pictures of her enchanting sculptures on her Instagram page as well. Enjoy!