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freaky tree

This morning I just made a few tweaks to yesterday's tree sketch to see what might happen.

Edit: I've been thinking a lot about drawing trees lately. One kind I like is the really detailed gnarled ones you see in picture by Northern European Renaissance artist such as Albrecht Dürer or 19th-century illustrators such as Arthur Rackham and their contemporary successors such as Bagram Ibatoulline. The other kind of tree I like is much more flat and stylised, such as the 17th century manuscript paintings at the Ramayana exhibition at the British Library. I've recently seen some stylish trees and brambles by David Roberts (can't find a website), Alaskan artist Rie Muñoz, and Tim Burton's curlicue trees are always fantastic. I'm off to the bookshelf to look for a few more, but I'm wondering, do any of you have a favourite artist who draws really interesting trees?

Have a look, Garen Ewing is doing some fabulous drawings in Garen's A-Z of Comic Strip Characters. I think his latest, Tank Girl, is the best one yet!

And I have absolutely no idea if this is going to be good, but one of my favourite things I saw in the cinema in high school was the Chinese film Raise the Red Lantern, directed by Zhang Yumou and starring Gong Li; the Royal Opera House are hosting a ballet version of it by the National Ballet of China. Details here.


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Aug. 1st, 2008 09:42 am (UTC)
I want a tree like that! Is it a nice tree? Would it read me bedtime stories?
Aug. 1st, 2008 09:48 am (UTC)
Hmm, I'm not so sure it's a nice tree. I haven't decided yet if the tree has four arms, or if someone else is trapped on the right side.

I think I will go back and ask if anyone else has seen any particularly good tree painters lately.
Aug. 1st, 2008 11:22 am (UTC)
It does look like someone is trapped in it. It also appears as though the actual tree is making sure its' prey isn't escaping. I definitely do not want that tree reading me bedtime stories, it would probably read me scary stories like 'Scary Vampires' and 'That Time Everyone Died'.
Aug. 1st, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, we'll steer well clear of this tree at bed time. Hmm, I'm just noticing that the thing at the base looks like something curled up in a foetal position, maybe I should develop it one step further.
Aug. 2nd, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)
This tree is going nuts with the whole trapping people inside itself thing!
Aug. 1st, 2008 10:08 am (UTC)
Hee hee - a reading tree!
Aug. 1st, 2008 10:57 am (UTC)
David Wenzel draws amazing trees in the Hobbit graphic novel. I love that book to bits my dad got it me when I was knee high to a grasshopper
Aug. 1st, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, I must go back and look at those! Thanks!
Aug. 1st, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
There's a pretty freaky looking tree on moleskine_users today.
Aug. 1st, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
Whoa, that's way freakier than mine...
Aug. 1st, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
In a similar vein to Tim Burton's gnarled trees, have you seen Pan's Labyrinth? It's got a great gnarled tree in it.

As for other artists/illustrators whose trees I like, the first one who sprang to mind was Dr. Seuss. I also really like the trees in Where the Wild Things Are.
Aug. 1st, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, good call on all counts! I've seen a few people very influenced by Sendak's trees, such as Russell Ayto, particularly his 'Whiff' book.
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