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07 July 2010, 06:40 PM
"the tree of life"
by MartinG

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07 July 2010, 10:24 AM
ca. 40 minutes in Ps and Alchemy

07 July 2010, 11:52 AM
Hmmm... I'm still just new to this whole drawing thing, so my 45 min drawing is laughable:
gimp + wacom tablet (view-source:
My 2 hr drawing is also laughable :) I'd like to finish it some time, at the moment the colours clash and the tree and buildings have completely different styles. Oh well.
It can be found here here (
It's cool that the forum re-sizes the image for me - nice!

My final one (at the 3 hour mark) is below. I'm still not 100% with the clash of styles, but that's life. High res (

07 July 2010, 07:59 PM
Listening a podcast from escape the illustration island (6th podcast I think...) the guest shared one of her motto "A ship is safe in harbour but that's not what ships are for". Bammm ! It fast rewinded me years ago when I was supposed to start posting here on dsf, but assigned me to first finish a formal training (started "A natural way to draw")... Many other priorities and lost of focus after, and here I am! not even one drawing posted in years and a pathetic skillset... So first step: post a first drawing:
(40 minutes / Mypaint)

Next step: repeat the process! We'll see...


07 July 2010, 06:48 AM
So first step: post a first drawing
It's nice to see I'm not the only new guy! I had so much fun yesterday that I spent a further hour on my picture.
It's now as good as it's ever going to get! (the 45min sketch is on my earlier post)
Clickety click (
Am I allowed to do this whole double post thing? As in both update my earlier post and re-post with the final drawing?

07 July 2010, 01:14 PM
It's nice to see I'm not the only new guy! I had so much fun yesterday that I spent a further hour on my picture.
It's now as good as it's ever going to get! (the 45min sketch is on my earlier post)

Hey George,
that's indeed nice to see you're not alone to start a journey in enjoying drawing! About your sketch I like your "greeny" characters. I especially was pleased with the one seating around on bench, they're kind of detached to the main group under the tree, but still somehow projecting the main idea of the tree of life. Anyway I hope to comment on another drawing of yours soon.


07 July 2010, 01:49 PM
ca. 40 minutes in Ps and Alchemy

Hi Martin,
I find your drawing quite inspirational on the specific aspect of perspective, as it's an area I have not only to improve, but simply to set my basis: that drawing and this kind of perspective work sets my goal in the domain for the next few months: how long did it takes for you to achieve this level? Any advice to avoid common problems?
The idea is nice but it reminds me directly Matrix: was it a source of inspiration?


07 July 2010, 09:49 PM
Hi guys:),
One sketch from me. Took less than an hour using Photoshop
I have a problem with calibrating my monitor and have no idea how this will like on yours but anyway, here it is

07 July 2010, 12:49 AM
nice everyone specially okzorg.
mine 45-50 minutes ps

07 July 2010, 02:12 PM
Nice one Wexter. Your work is always so well rendered :)

07 July 2010, 03:46 PM
GeorgeB: so unusual, I must love it;-)
Wexter: again amazed by your skills
Mine healing tree took around 40 minutes in PS

07 July 2010, 05:44 PM
thanks for the comments, but if you notice there is a lot of brush work in the painting to speed up results.

Leaves (the tree ones and magic power) --- the same leave Brush
Trees (background) the same brush again (with hue dinamic), only changing scale
Grass , simple grass brush
Clouds, another cloud bursh taking from a real photo

the challenge was for me first , to draw loose and quick the tree, but the rest is only brush work and trying to sculpt the form according to the light source.

07 July 2010, 06:16 PM
GeorgeB - great stick-to-it-ness :) And, clever concept...keep plugging away!

Wexter - very nice character design and executed render.


An hour.

07 July 2010, 10:31 AM
A very tough picture, Daniel. I'm just falling into it.. scary. And brilliant, i say.:D
Wexter, awesome! :thumbsup:
GeorgeB, i'd like to ask you if you please post a little less resolution pictures. There's three almost the same pics here and they are too big, too laggy.. :(

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