Owl Scouts: Lost in the Woods is a 13-image narrative series about two co-ed scouts, members of a fictional organization called the Boy and Girl Owl Scouts of America. The narrative follows the adventures of the two getting lost deep in the woods while on an Owl Scouts camping trip. While lost, they are faced with a series of challenges (a flashlight fallen into an owl burrow, a dangerous river crossing, a tornado, and an encounter with a bear) that test their survival skills.
It took about three years (2008-2010) to create Owl Scouts, with a lot of the time spent refining the details of the world the scouts live in. Using everything from animal parts to embroidery thread, the hope was to root the scouts in a reality that seemed both real and not real at the same time. Some helpful references along the way: classic children’s fairytales, Victorian portraiture, Native American imagery, and taxidermy.