Of course I am not an expert on the topic, but I like a lot Norse mythology. I read Poetic Edda and found it very interesting, especially the Havamal is great and wise, much of advice given there is still current (I am not sure if it is a right adjective, I mean that we still can benefit from it and relate it to ourselves).
And as I have written already - I love trees.
So, it is not surprising that I decided to draw Yggdrasil, The Tree of the Worlds and the Horse of the Hanged God.
(sometimes I am wondering if there was an influence of shamanism into the Norse culture, but as I said I am not an expert - if anybody knows something about the possible relations between the symbol of the tree in beliefs of people of Siberia and Vikings, please comment)
Of course this is not realistic picture. Interestingly the shape of the root system of the majority of the trees is quite different. In fact roots usually do not grow very deeply into the soil and the majority of them are located in the upper 2 m of the soil. The depth at which the roots would grow depend on the properties of the certain soil and the species of a tree. The diameter of root system can be 2-3 times greater than the diameter of the crown.
See for example:sheffieldtreemap.files.wordpre…treefredericksburg.org/wp-cont…wattsupwiththat.files.wordpres…
I wanted to achieve something in between symbolic representation and a real ash-tree.
I know that there are a lot of drawings of Yggdrasil, so I waited until I had the idea how to make my drawing different from the others. And finally the idea appeared in my head.
I could make it more regular and decorative but I decided not to as there is no ideal symmetry in nature and I wanted it to be more "organic".
The design and drawing took me about 14-15 h, but I think that result is worth of efforts.
The drawing was made using gel ink pens on the pencil sketch.