I've always wondered: where do you start? The trunks and branches, then work your way down? the colored shapes come at the end?
as always, the trees are wonderful and haunting, less tortured than usual ( ). This time, there's an implication of hard rock rather than roots. And the red is the setting sun, brilliant touch because you didn't have to draw it!
lol, surprisingly no one has ever asked me that before!
I basically ink out the layout, rough sketch the structures first. Then I work on the roots, bottom portions of the trunk, and any connecting pieces of ground. The branches and more detailed structure is added, then I finish off any ground detail. After the inking is done, I have to hand draw each of those little shapes, then decide on a color scheme and individually color them all in.
These are mangrove trees that I was inspired by while watching some nature show on NatGeo. They were stunning and I fell in love with their root systems. Figured I'd take a crack at drawing them my way. Always so pleased when you comment, really means a lot!
wonderful style and the organized steps sound logical. I think when I've tackled trees before I start with the trunk and work upward, leaving the bottom roots or grass and ground to the end; background comes even after that.
Yes, Sharpie is a brand of marker. I like using them because they are cheap, come in a ton of colors/sizes, and they have very saturated color. Pilot pens are great for ink work because they are smooth, I always have one handy. I used to write fairly often, but just don't have the time these days.
Yep, love old NES/SNES, Atari, MS-DOS, Gameboy games. Warblade sound vaguely familiar, will have to look it up to see if I've played it before.
Cool! I'll keep my eye out for Sharpies -- even though I don't draw... but I suppose I can doddle.
Yes, Warblade is a shoot 'em up for the PC which is kind of like a retro game (as in it doesn't have graphics better than your local IMAX cinema).
I still play my Amstrad CPC 464 emulator on here. The old classics are still great. Not the really OLD classics, but when they started to get a bit better doing graphics and sound. The imagination that those early programmers had was amazing...
I believe they are fairly easy to find in your neck of the woods. Never hurts to doodle from time to time.
Awesome, I will have to check it out! I have been playing a lot of old PC games lately, guess I'm feeling nostalgic. lol!
My daughters have a lot of emulators for games on their cell phones, so they can play old games whenever they want. I'm such a geek that I really enjoy the stripped down graphics, text based strategy games, and any game that you have to really put your mind to.