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tree drawing II
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Published: September 4, 2010
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“Afterflood” Pencil on acid free Illustration Board 40” x 30”

This almost kicked my ass, I started it in early April completed it the last day of August.

In the area where I live there is a flood plain, every spring these trees are by and large underwater. I came upon this place when the waters receded- I was blown away by the complex movements of line; limbs, branches, twigs and brambles that seemed to be hanging on for dear life. Because it was this complex I had to draw it, the composition was inspired by one of my heroes Franz Kline, often abstraction is the catalyst to my compositions, my previous drawing being inspired by Pollock. The unexpected difficulty in drawing thousands of branches weaving over and under, lost lines, found lines and keeping track of all of it was a bit crazy, but rather Zen at the same time. I worked form life, photos and pieces of twigs that I collected it was quite the journey. After almost eight months on trees I’m off to do a portrait, can't wait.

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Image size
1800x1326px 922.78 KB
Shutter Speed
10/400 second
Focal Length
70 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jan 15, 2008, 4:13:44 AM
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RockincookHobbyist Traditional Artist
That is incredible!!!
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TheSculpturedDeadHobbyist Traditional Artist
Really impressed by this - the detail is incredible!
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jerryhatHobbyist Traditional Artist
A frankly astonishing drawing, well done.
AnnaRDunster's avatar
That's amazing o.o
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I love your drawing! Such great details and use of highlights!
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imageconstructHobbyist Digital Artist
Woot. Congratulations. I have to admit, keeping track of complex patterns, trying to copy a photo, can just leave you turned around. Unbelievably. I know it.

Really like the sense of branch shapes in the low sun. Good stuff.
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Christineford223Professional Traditional Artist
this is so beautiful 
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Buddy--RobinsonHobbyist Traditional Artist
If this is a drawing, it is absolutely awesome!
Safu-ra's avatar
I am word-less! I am totally blown away by your artwork! Amazing details but so full of emotions.
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art-borescencesProfessional Traditional Artist
Great gallery!
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arminmersmannProfessional Traditional Artist
thank you
Pappa60's avatar
Admire your patience
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arminmersmannProfessional Traditional Artist
beginit's avatar
gorgeous!  Did you figure out how many hours you spent?! phew -- impressive!
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arminmersmannProfessional Traditional Artist
around 700 or so ...seemed forever though
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prinsepoloHobbyist Traditional Artist
I see much patience here. The details are amazing and shades as well. Your work is amazing, wonderful! :)
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I adore your patience and commitment, that expresses the full glory of your talent.
(your work is proof (too me) that realism is the true beginning of all art...)
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ShawnJourdonArtProfessional Traditional Artist
Well this is just amazing wow
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danielrapuanoHobbyist Traditional Artist
I just read in an interview with you that you listen to Death Metal... I thought that was the coolest thing.  I figure you might appreciate some of the more macabre and complex Death Metal artwork there is out there; being that the complexity of it reminds me of your 'forest' pieces.
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keithmore2000Professional Traditional Artist
I love your work and it would be great if you could take a look at my hyperrealistic pencil drawings. Thanks for the inspiration.:) (Smile) 
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ChazrobertHobbyist Traditional Artist
I love drawing trees, but this would have served me a catastrophic overdose! Having done similar work, I can appreciate the puzzle aspect; in this drawing, I almost have to compartmentalize it to appreciate everything you have done here. Just superhuman effort, you set a precedent with your work. Congrats on this!
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VolinkreinStudent Traditional Artist
how is that humanly possible!? This is amazing!
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