Friday, October 05, 2012

The simple joys of climbing trees

Hullo. It's been a while. How are you? Please tell me what you've been up to.

So I'm an avid tree climber after that first weekend at Igfest 2010 I will never forget. I played a game called UpTrees, part of Henrik Dahles 2010 project to climb a tree everyday for a year. It forced me to cross an adult fear of foolishness and remember just how bloody great it is to be up a tree.

My talented friend Jo Keeling commissioned me to illustrate for her beautiful new magazine Pretty Nostalgic this summer and would you adam and eve it, it was for a piece on climbing trees. (I think she knew, deep down, that I was the right person for the job)


My idea was simple; I wanted it to be a first person POV up in the boughs. A happy few hours were spent in Brandon Hill park climbing trees, drawing and photographing. See the red chair up in the tree? It was about 30 feet up, with no low branches to get up there! Things I observed whilst in a tree: a lantern, a surprised squirrel, a blue tit. Nobody below noticed me. Even though I was only a few feet above their heads. I felt a bit creepy.


The rough design I sent to Jo for approval.


And the final design.


Go and climb a tree!

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Lovely stuff Jess. Those textures look good enough to eat! As for tree climbing, I'm with you all the way up to the point I have to leave the ground - Inner ear thing gives me vertigo.

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