100 trees challenge

  • @Jana You're welcome!

    I just looked at some of Mary Blair's work on Google images - I think you've started on the right path. She's got really striking bold flat shapes. But then the difference is, she keeps the outline of the shape flat but then fills it with texture that adds interest and dimension. I think the juxtaposition of the flat shape with the added subtle texture makes it quite sophisticated. You might try taking natural texture images (ones you've made/scanned in yourself, or start with ones that someone else made online that are free/for a nominal charge) then applying them to your tree 'shapes' in Photoshop with different blending modes.

  • How about this? To emphasize the paper cut style, I deleted the line art. To add more interest to the big green areas, I added some more tecture.
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  • @Jana I like it! One thing I would do though is apply the texture to each "shape" or "cut paper piece" rather than the whole foliage area as a whole. It would look more realistic. Right now the back part of the tree at the top has the texture running down and directly into the front bottom part of the green. The texture should be offset so that each "piece" looks like a different cut piece of paper.

  • @DanetteDraws You are totally right. I will try that out. Thanks! 🙂

  • @Jana I like them all. My favorite is number three. Looks like a queen with a royal and elegant attitude.

  • @DanetteDraws Hi, Danette! I followed your advice and treated the different levels as separate papers. I also lightened up the front part a tiny bit. I think it got a more stapled character now.
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  • I Love your bold graphic shapes. The texture that you added to your tree really helped. It gave your design a lot of charm. I also agree that Mary is the best 🙂

  • @ShereeNorthrup Thanks, Sheree. 🙂
    I just finished another variation of one of my trees. I guess I need to vary the texture a bit more. Looks to me a bit too evenly textured. What do you guys think?
    I am eager now to produce my own watercolor texture. That way I can fabricate the texture which would fit best. So far, I have used free textures which I found online. 0_1483728457786_Baum 005 C SVS.png

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    This is a fabulous idea. You are going to have a great collection when you are finished Jana!

  • @Jana more variation in the texture would add a lot. I think that your own watercolor texture is a wonderful idea.

  • Here comes tree number five. For my fairy tale project I need an apple tree meadow, so I am trying some more apple trees.
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  • Just after uploading I noticed that the texture looks a bit dirty. I tried to change that a bit.
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  • Another apple tree...
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  • I think they are all looking great so far.

  • I absolutely love your challenge! Loving all those trees so far. My favorite tree is your first tree with the paper cut style and texture. Keep up the awesome work!

  • Thanks @Lee-Holland and @drawingmelee ! You are motivating me a lot.
    Actually I planned to finish ten trees after this weekend, but I noticed this challenge will take for ever! 😉
    But I finished eight which I sum up here:
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    Thanks all your feedback so far. 🙂

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    @Jana These are nice Jana! The last two look especially nice to me. I was thinking about what you said about Mary Blair - i love Mary Blair too - i think that if you cut and paste a tree of hers onto a blank canvas it will be nice but it will not have that emotion that it had in the composition (i'm sure i am stating the obvious here) Her trees have a relationship to the scene or the characters in the scene - edges often seem soft except when they are guiding your eye to the main focal point like a bunch of fingers saying "look here then look here and when you are done start over here again" - here colors seem to evoke a mood too - so i think maybe if you were trying to get to the same place as Mary Blair with the trees you could add a figure with a neutral expression and try to evoke a mood through color and composition while only using trees as your tools - anyways.... i am really enjoying seeing your trees!

  • @Kevin-Longueil You are totally right, Kevin. That is also what I asked myself: How would these trees behave in a complete composition, in which a character is a focal point and not the tree? Anyhow, I feel that this challenge is really pushing me further because I am forced to think about different shapes and different colors everytime. I also noticed that I get faster in drawing them. My hope is that while I am going through this challenge I find a style and a technique which I feel really comfortable with. In the next days I will try to set my donkey character next to the trees and see how they fit to each other.

  • @Jana your trees are looking so great! And I think the texture really helps and you have a handle on it now in your latest 8-tree-in-one post. I agree with @Kevin-Longueil that the last two really jumped out for me. I love the varying autumn colours in the 2nd to last one especially.

  • @DanetteDraws Thanks, Danette! 🙂 That means really a lot to me. I also feel pretty good with the last two. I will go on with this style for a couple more to see how it goes in a long run. I feel that going not too much paper-cut style makes the trees more organic and less stiff.

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