I did this one for CGTalk's Expose3. It was done mostly in Painter over the last month late night after work and at week-ends. I also used Photoshop for some color tweaking. The idea came to me after a walk in the park and watching a tree that looked like a hand ready to grab something...My intention was to go for fairy tale kind of image at first glance, but hinting a some cruelty after close inspection. I hope you like it.