The Windblown Tree

Art, meet reality.  Reality, meet art.

A while ago I posted a sketch of a “leaning” tree.  In fairly short order, one of my readers (hi Mom!) sent me a photo from a trip to the southernmost part of the US – Hawaii:

Photo of a tree in Hawaii

Reality of a tree growing up windy

Somewhat inspired by that, I did this small sketch of a much more accurately windblown tree:

A tree that's grown up in a windy place

The Windblown Tree

In other news …

I’ve been having a difficult time figuring out how to get from sketches to tshirts or other things.  It’s seemed like all my tools have been not quite what I needed.  A friend linked me to some tutorials about using Illustrator to do this kind of work, and it’s all finally clicked.

Expect some nice tree renditions soon. :)

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2 Responses to The Windblown Tree

  1. Karen says:

    I like your new “leaning” tree also (which shall now be referred to as the “windblown” tree). I think your first one was accurate, just for a less windy place. In fact, your first one looks a lot like a tree out on our patio. I’ll send you a pic of that one in a bit. Trees really are fascinating. I’ve seen some that look quite like your original “leaning” tree, that had either been hit by lightning, or attacked by bugs, or something. I also have some really amazing (nondigital, however) photos of lightning-scarred trees, some really just trunks, from the high plateaus of the Sierra Nevada in Cali.

  2. Karen says:

    Oh, yeah, also . . . southernmost seems to have a few definitions. We were at Ka Lae / South Point / the South Point Complex; got some pictures of the “lighthouse” there. Maybe someday we’ll make it to Palmyra Atoll, or even Rose Atoll.

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