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Tracks of an Oak Killer

By MissNysha
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Illustration for Science Notes 2012. This was a collaboration assignment for CSUMB's Science Illustration program - where we got to pair up with students from the Science Writing program to illustrate images for their articles, which will be published online soon.

The illustration has now been published! [link] and [link]

My writer researched Sudden Oak death and wanted me to illustrate an upwards view of a stately oak tree with large branches, against golden lighting, but with contrasting symptoms of the insidious disease showing closer on its trunk. (Bleeding cankers, black fungus)

Here is the final illustration (painted in photoshop), and the steps it took to make it. You can see I based the illustration on a photo I took of a nice oak tree I found in my neighborhood. :) (This one was fortunately healthy though!)

Art copyright me. For my portfolio display only; please do not use without my permission.
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srsn's avatar
Wow I can't believe I missed this one!
It kinda looks to me like it's some kiind of a game illustration painting! I can't believe it was from a photo!
MissNysha's avatar
Hello there ashlie! :D

A game illustration! Wah thanks! Tried to make it look dramatic with the lighting like that. Glad you like it!
saiyagok's avatar
Fastastic! Such a Beautiful lighting! is dramatic is amazing! :D
MissNysha's avatar
:D So glad you like it!
UrbanFurest's avatar
Have not seen this disease in action. Thanks now I have a better idea of it
Dyailen's avatar
Beautiful work, love to see the process shots too :] The colour is fantabulous
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Dyailen's avatar
You are most welcome :]
Nadya980's avatar
Oh, it's just, just incredibly beautiful!!!
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