I saw these carefully pruned trees in a commercial area of Pasadena the other day, and thought they were funny enough to sketch. After a while I kind of got upset, thinking, “Who does this to a tree?” My first thought was of someone so uncomfortable with Nature’s random beauty that they had to square it off. Then it occurred to me that these are probably not trees at all, in fact they’re more than likely shrubs that grew up to tree-size, and they were probably always squared off, so why stop? It’s actually very funny, intentionally or not. I’d like to think it’s intentional.
I’m a storyboard artist and motion picture production illustrator living and working in the Los Angeles / Hollywood area, specializing in traditional hand-drawn storyboards for live-action and animated feature films as well as After Effects and CG animatics for pre-visualization and post production visual effects (VFX). I also draw and sketch a lot and upload it to the Sketchblog here and social media – just for fun!