Anthony Zierhut

Storyboard artist and animatic artist for feature films


Pasadena California

Square trees?

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.


The Castle Green – the old Green Hotel. A beautiful old Moroccan-style building from the late 1800s, early 1900s with an interesting history.

Looking East on Waverly Place – near Concept Design Academy.

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