Sunday, June 04, 2006

Tree of Life



I know everyone and their dog has done a version of the Tree of Life, but it is one I love and enjoy doing over and over. This one was done with gouache and ink on paper. It is inspired by Shaun Tan's The Red Tree but also by the japansese maple in my backyard which has turned lovely shades of orange and deep red. I couldn't wait to get home tonight to finish it up! I'm pretty happy with it, though I think I would do the details of the tree with a finer pen next time.

Below is one I did a few years ago with coloured pencils on black paper.

4 comments:

Soo said...

Hey Kim some lovely stuff here :) I really like your animals, most of all the giraffe on your header image!

flossy-p said...

I've never done the 'tree of life' bt I'm inspired to give it a go now after seeing yours, all lovely and bright.

Stacia said...

Like the curly roots...very organic and whimsical. Nice style!

thebutterflycollector said...

hey lil kim, I'm glad I found your blog and I love your tree of life!
It's exciting to find another blogger who loves kids book illustrations! I have also done a kids book illustration class in Melb and I loved learning all the tricks of the trade,like how to lead pages into one another!I love everything Shaun Tan too,check out his website it's excellent!