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Posted by guybrush85, on 2009-03-24 13:41:00

Building large trees...

I've been working on a rather large (at least for me) house that will need to have appropriately sized trees to go along with it. To be short, its essentially in a suburban, cookie cutter kind of neighborhood. The house is about 5ft. X 5ft., and I would like to have at least a couple trees be as tall if not a little taller than the house itself. Any ideas? I've been thinking that the easiest way is to do paper mache trees reinforced on the inside by chicken wire, but I'm just grasping at ideas here. Any help on how to achieve something like this would be greatly appreciated... Kevin http://animationaddiction.blogspot.com

Posted by Nick H, on 2009-04-24 02:28:28

Often you just see the trunks. I usually cut a flat profile out of particle board or ply, attach it to a flat base, then put chicken wire over the front to round it out. I tend to use fibreglass matting and plaster rather than paper mache, but that would work too. I end upo with something about 3/4 round, but still a flat spot on the back. Sometimes I've used one of the cardboard tubes that comes inside a roll of fabric, if the trunk is fairly straight. If it has twists and turns, chicken wire is better. Various putties or fillers can build up some bark texture on the surface, I use plaster but Water Putty is also very good. You sort of scratch and shape the plaster as it sets. Sometimes a bit of branch, or the base of a shrub can look just right for a tree, so I use that and just build up a bit more root at the base.