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Posted by mihas, on 2008-10-20 17:02:32

tree making

hello everybody! does anyone know a good way to build a good realistic tree of about 1 meter size? something similar to the one in Peter and the Wolf (or better, hehe)??? I'm running out of time,so please send any idea you might have.

Posted by Greyguy, on 2008-10-20 17:37:25

Cardbaord tube for the truck then add branchs with bunchs of twisted wire in limb form then coat the larger limbs and truck with sculpt a mold wich is like paper mache.Paint the tree after it is to your liking.then get some moss from a hobby store and glue on with spray glue,, spray the limbs with glue and stick on the moss building in layers ,,more glue,, moss etc.

Posted by emmyymme, on 2008-10-20 17:40:49

If you're going for texture you can take some molds from tree bark outside (find smaller grains but at 1m it could look realistic) and pushmold your outer surface with them.

Posted by Nick H, on 2008-10-20 20:40:17

If you are sculpting in clay, then taking a mould, there's a nice texture you can make by dragging over the block of clay with a blade. Clay builds up and wrinkles on the blade, creating a textured bit that you can peel off and stick on to your clay tree trunk. It's quite a good natural -looking texture. Then if you make a plaster mould from the clay, you can cast latex skins for tree trunks from it. I tend to use this for a forest of straight pine trunks where you aren't seeing the tops, just the trunks. But more often I would build the tree trunk in plaster over something like cardboard tube (for straight trunks) or chicken wire over a profile cut from particle board. I put fibreglass matting in the plaster for the first coat to strengthen it, then straight plaster. You can dab with a brush to stipple it, and as it thickens up you can score some deeper cracks and grooves in it for rough bark. You have to try it to get the feel for it. I generally add some real branches in at the top, blensing them in with more plaster. For some trees you can find a tree branch that works as a tree, with some wide roots built up at the base so it feels more like it is growing from the ground. We've had questions on trees before, and some answers include pictures and more detailed answers. You might have to go back a few pages to find the threads. Go to Shelley's blog, Notes from Halfland, to see a great spreading oak tree about the size you are talking about. Go back a bit to find where the tree was constructed. I might have a tree or two in my picturetrail albums as well: These rainforest trunks with buttress roots are plaster over cardboard tube, with particle board cut-outs under the spreading roots. (Never mind the yellowish plasticine fig roots, I was doing a test to see if I could animate a strangler fig growing over the host tree with claymation.) The plaster was textured with brush and metal tools as it set, then painted.

Posted by youneekusername, on 2008-10-20 20:25:44

Hey Mihas, I'm actually making a tree right now too. I've documented the whole process over on my new blog: My tree isn't finished yet and isn't going to be totally realistic. But, it does show one way to make a model tree. The tree is about 2 feet tall. Emmyymme - That's a really good idea about the push-mold for texture...I might just use that technique! :7 Hope this helps. .

Posted by youneekusername, on 2008-10-20 21:13:37

"We've had questions on trees before, and some answers include pictures and more detailed answers. You might have to go back a few pages to find the threads." Here's the thread I started a little while ago asking for tree advice: I started out wanting a huge tree with a huge visible root system and ended up making a more traditional one. It was just easier, saved time, supplies, and energy.