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.
As a biologist I can clearly state that plants are fucking weird and you should probably be slightly afraid of them.
On that note! At the university (UBC) located in town, the Agriculture students were told by their teacher that a tree flipped upside down would die. So they took an excavator and flipped the tree upside down. And it’s still growing. But the branches are now the roots, and the roots are now these super gnarly looking branches. Be afraid.
But Vi, how can you mention that and NOT post a picture? D:
Day 2: Manhattan
this lady danced for all eternity
literally, mother nature.
I don’t care if I’ve already reblogged this.
This illustration is probably the favorite thing I have done this year. It ran in the current aiCIO. As usual, the article is about some deep pension fund stuff that I can’t comprehend even with my best reading glasses. Luckily I only had to work on the sweet and easy phrase AD SooJin gave me- “transitional management, going from A to B”.
I love nature and was really in the mood of trees, so this is what I came up with - a fox leaping from one tree to another. Nothing high concept but I had tons of fun. I love working on SooJin’s assignments as the ideas are very abstract/open and I can often draw what I want and make it work for the topic. It’s like being paid to do personal works!
Also check out the gorgeous layout, they always make my art look better!!
Thank you SooJin and the AI team!
There’s a spot in this river where the magic runs thicker.
Magic Runs Thicker is a 12” x 36” high quality giclee print with a limited edition of 30 now available at www.jamesreadsmerch.com !
beneath and below
[this and others will be for sale at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition at Nathan Phillips Square this July!]
the illustration that wanted me dead
Sous-bois, 1900, Ernest Biler. (1863 - 1948)
have you ever wanted a certain article of clothing so badly that you cried