A READING ADVENTURE AWAITS - 2014, manga studio 5.
I can’t stop painting these guys! BIG SURPRISE, TODD IS UPSET AGAIN. I usually don’t do a lot of SUPER DARK paintings or pictures like this, and now I wanna do more in the future.
Beauty and the Beast by mindy lee
"Fine Dining" - digital art, 2014.
After painting Valen and Todd, I thought I should try my hand at painting a BIGGER piece with an honest-to-goodness background (not just a little blob of dirt floating in the middle of nowhere).
SO IT TOOK LIKE A WEEK, and I’m pretty pleased with the results! Manga Studio 5 makes working with perspective SUPER EASY even for a big perspective-phobic dork like myself.
Once again, I used Ray Frenden’s painterly brushes, along with some of the dry brush tools from his latest brush set (mostly for the character lineart.)
Circus Tree: Six individual sycamore trees were shaped, bent, and braided to form this.
how the hell do you bend and braid a tree
Actually pretty easy. Trees don’t reject tissue from other trees in the same family. You bend the tree to another tree when it is a sapling, scrape off the bark on both trees where they touch, add some damp sphagnum moss around them to keep everything slightly moist and bind them together.
Then wait a few years- The trees will have grown together.
You can use a similar technique to graft a lemon branch or a lime branch or even both- onto an orange tree and have one tree that has all three fruits.
Circus Trees are absolutely fascinating, alive pieces of art and this one in particular is by Axel Erlandson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axel_Erlandson). It’s called “Basket” and can be seen in Gilroy Gardens, a small theme park themed around Garlic in (naturally) Gilroy, CA. The park actually houses all of Axel Erlandson’s trees, and is the largest collection of his Still Living works in the world right now. (some of his others were destroyed to be preserved when land was developed? There’s more about it in his wikipage)
You can read more about the history of circus trees at gilroy gardens here: