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Simon Cooper posts a digital image titled 'Wooden Tree' / 23 February 2011

I made this image back in 2006 - in a drawing book I took to Stour Valley Arts in Kent. The drawing was made with a thin, wooden branch, stick and a bowel of mud. I mixed it with water - yes seriously - without using a normal brush and commercial colour paints!

It was very hard to create other colours from natural resources such as leaves, flowers, tree barks and grasses. Weak in colour and very pale when mixed with water, I found that only the brown mud colours were strong. Once I arrived home I scanned the drawing into the computer, so that the image would remain as bright as on the first day that I drew it.

I found it hard to develop this drawing using any other ways of looking at it. Therefore I decided to experiment using all wood tones, hues and markings, by taking photographic images of woods and closely studying them.

From the images I worked out various tones and values for my final image. Using only brownish tone colours and trying to make them look as real as possible, I applied my usual techniques using pixels and dots with perspective.

Keywords: alternative technology,digital art