Frank's Sketchbook Entry of the Day
| Groot Tree
June 24, 2020
Last weekend I took a few pictures while biking around the area. This picture of a tree next to a trail reminded me of Groot,
the tree creature from the movie Guardians of the Galaxy. Long, narrow
head with eyes and a mouth. But then I thought that I should draw that to
make it a little more explicit the image that's in my head.
So I used Illustrator and took the picture and traced some of the key
elements there (by hand). I used the pen tool, which gives nice lines but
takes a long time. And that was just for the basics of the tree.
I added a few leaves and then realized there's a lot of background
left because it looked too plain on its own. So I used the brush tool,
with the original picture underneath, and quickly drew things in a sort
of freehand kind of way to suggest some of the textures of the elements
in the background. At the end I added the text because it kind of needed
it (it couldn't go without saying).
Originally I was thinking I'd have to color it for anything to be
recognizable, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that I think it's
pretty clear as is, so I left it as a "simple" line drawing.
I'm pretty happy at how it came out, but again, a lot of it was just
tracing. I did try using Live Trace from Illustrator and because of all
the different shades of color, it was more or less an images completely
filled with lines.
I tend to doodle. Over the years, I've accumulated lots of random
sketches of things, sometimes people, sometimes things, and sometimes
just abstract lines. The basic idea on these pages is for me to slowly
scan in highlights from my collection of random quick doodles. I also
am providing a place where I can explain what it is or what motivated
it or perhaps some reason why I'm not to blame. With the sketches of
people, their name may be hand-written, or there might be a talk title
provided, but I will tend to avoid providing full names. I don't mind
if people know who they are, I just don't want them coming up on search
engine hits, since that might be a bit rude.
Note that the images are PNGs with transparency. Mozilla and Firefox
properly render them. Safari too, I think. Internet Exporer doesn't.
I don't care.
If you want to see the image without the annoying blue-lined background
image, just click on the image.
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