Bonsai and Tree Sketches - May 2018

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Bonsai and Tree Sketches - May 2018

Postby viniv » May 20th, 2018, 8:48 pm

Hi all

Here are some sketches from my bonsai sketch book. I use Staedtler triplus fineliner pens (no particular reason) ball point pens are great also, and pacer (graphite pencil) rather than a pencil, as it does not need to be sharpened. I enjoy drawing bonsai and trees in general.

Generally I draw:
- Trees from memory: often I will notice trees out and about, so I want to capture it and understand what I like about it (balance, scale etc.)
- Trees from my imagination: rather than thinking bonsai has to be a certain way, I enjoy creating / pushing the boundary I have in my mind of what a bonsai tree should look like. I enjoy creating new ways of expressing miniature trees. Especially pursuing an Australian bonsai style.
- Bonsai trees from master bonsai practitioners: in order to understand good bonsai design.
- Basic shapes: in order to understand the basic aspects of design being: balance, scale, negative space, asymmetry, focal point, line, and colour (even though my sketches are generally in red and grey :)
- Bonsai trees that I have: in order to develop the design as my trees grow and age.

I will post more sketches again in 1-2 weeks.
I hope you enjoy these sketches and are inspired to draw the trees that you see or want to create.


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Re: Bonsai and Tree Sketches - May 2018

Postby Theodore » July 14th, 2018, 5:27 pm

Wow. Really nice work. Amazing how you just look past the red!
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Re: Bonsai and Tree Sketches - May 2018

Postby Thymetraveller » July 14th, 2018, 5:34 pm

Beautiful. Inspiring - I love the bark detail!
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Re: Bonsai and Tree Sketches - May 2018

Postby treeman » July 14th, 2018, 5:57 pm

Very good! Once you get a good grasp of technique - if you haven't already, you will create outstanding bonsai!.....If you see it, you can do it...
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Re: Bonsai and Tree Sketches - May 2018

Postby boom64 » July 14th, 2018, 8:37 pm

Lovely pictures ,what a great asset for bonsai...Thanks for sharing , John.
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Re: Bonsai and Tree Sketches - May 2018

Postby Tambrand » July 16th, 2018, 2:38 am

As a thank you Viniv,

pine tree design I hope to get one day.
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Re: Bonsai and Tree Sketches - May 2018

Postby Boics » July 17th, 2018, 10:38 pm

Very cool!
Look forward to seeing more of this!
One of the fabulous things about growing bonsai is as you get old and decrepit your trees get old and beautiful
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Re: Bonsai and Tree Sketches - May 2018

Postby The Munt » July 18th, 2018, 12:25 pm

Great work, that bark shading must have taken some time. :cool:

I particularly like the second last photo of the bent back over pine. Really cool design work.
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Re: Bonsai and Tree Sketches - May 2018

Postby viniv » July 22nd, 2018, 6:12 pm

Theodore wrote:Wow. Really nice work. Amazing how you just look past the red!

:tu: Thank you very much for your comments. Haha I guess I never saw it that way. I think drawing with red on brown paper produces a different aesthetic for drawing bonsai. :)
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Re: Bonsai and Tree Sketches - May 2018

Postby viniv » July 22nd, 2018, 6:16 pm

Thymetraveller wrote:Beautiful. Inspiring - I love the bark detail!

Thank you Thymetraveller! I have been drawing since I was a kid. I developed an interest in bonsai when I was 21, now 31. Lately I have been thinking of selling all of my bonsai, as I have kind of lost interest in them. But, I will hold onto them and continue to draw bonsai also. Thank you for your feedback, it really helps! :tu:
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Re: Bonsai and Tree Sketches - May 2018

Postby viniv » July 22nd, 2018, 6:18 pm

treeman wrote:Very good! Once you get a good grasp of technique - if you haven't already, you will create outstanding bonsai!.....If you see it, you can do it...

Thanks treeman! I intend to post some photos of my bonsai also. As I mentioned to Thymetraveller, I was going to sell my trees, but I have reconsidered, and will hold onto them. Especially as spring is around the corner!!! 8-)
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Re: Bonsai and Tree Sketches - May 2018

Postby viniv » July 22nd, 2018, 6:20 pm

boom64 wrote:Lovely pictures ,what a great asset for bonsai...Thanks for sharing , John.

Thanks boom64 (John)!! I appreciate your comments :tu:
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Re: Bonsai and Tree Sketches - May 2018

Postby viniv » July 22nd, 2018, 6:21 pm

Tambrand wrote:As a thank you Viniv,

pine tree design I hope to get one day.
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Hi Tambrand! haha thanks for posting your sketch of the pine! It looks great!! You will have this tree one day :yes:
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Re: Bonsai and Tree Sketches - May 2018

Postby viniv » July 22nd, 2018, 6:24 pm

Boics wrote:Very cool!
Look forward to seeing more of this!

Thanks Boics! I think i originally said 1 - 2 weeks I will post again :palm: Now that it is JULY, (oops) I will rustle together the next post lol
Thanks for your support mate.
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Re: Bonsai and Tree Sketches - May 2018

Postby viniv » July 22nd, 2018, 6:26 pm

The Munt wrote:Great work, that bark shading must have taken some time. :cool:

I particularly like the second last photo of the bent back over pine. Really cool design work.

Thank you The Munt!! Once I get a feel for how to bark will look, it becomes a meditative process of finding the tree on the page :)
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