I started lightly and layered on the detail until I achieved a reasonable affect. Below is a segment of the woods. There were a number of different tree types represented here; eastern white pin, poplar, oaks, spruce and maple; all typical of a north eastern forest in the autumn. Depending on the tree, different strokes were used.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Forest for the trees
Now we move into the woods behind the field. At first, I was a bit overwhelmed with the prospect of doing the trees and did not quite know how to proceed. I did not want to wreck the picture after all of the work I put into it. I even contemplated leaving the woods out of the picture altogether. But rather than give up I did a trial run. I made a scan of the image below and then printed it out. Then I tried various techniques for doing the trees. I never was quite satisified with the result and decided to dive in on the real thing. Nothing like the prospect of losing hours of work to get you to focus. (You can click on the image to enlarge it).