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tree drawing II by nimra tree drawing II by nimra
“Afterflood” Pencil on acid free Illustration Board 40” x 30”

This almost kicked my ass, I started it in early April completed it the last day of August.

In the area where I live there is a flood plain, every spring these trees are by and large underwater. I came upon this place when the waters receded- I was blown away by the complex movements of line; limbs, branches, twigs and brambles that seemed to be hanging on for dear life. Because it was this complex I had to draw it, the composition was inspired by one of my heroes Franz Kline, often abstraction is the catalyst to my compositions, my previous drawing being inspired by Pollock. The unexpected difficulty in drawing thousands of branches weaving over and under, lost lines, found lines and keeping track of all of it was a bit crazy, but rather Zen at the same time. I worked form life, photos and pieces of twigs that I collected it was quite the journey. After almost eight months on trees I’m off to do a portrait, can't wait.

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prinsepolo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see much patience here. The details are amazing and shades as well. Your work is amazing, wonderful! :)
kenfordstubbs Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SJgehenna Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
I adore your patience and commitment, that expresses the full glory of your talent.
(your work is proof (too me) that realism is the true beginning of all art...)
ShawnJourdonArt Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Well this is just amazing wow
danielrapuano Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just read in an interview with you that you listen to Death Metal... I thought that was the coolest thing.  I figure you might appreciate some of the more macabre and complex Death Metal artwork there is out there; being that the complexity of it reminds me of your 'forest' pieces.
keithmore2000 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I love your work and it would be great if you could take a look at my hyperrealistic pencil drawings. Thanks for the inspiration.:) (Smile) 
Glassrainbows93 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Woah :O
Chazrobert Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love drawing trees, but this would have served me a catastrophic overdose! Having done similar work, I can appreciate the puzzle aspect; in this drawing, I almost have to compartmentalize it to appreciate everything you have done here. Just superhuman effort, you set a precedent with your work. Congrats on this!
Volinkrein Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
how is that humanly possible!? This is amazing!
Tdkrupp Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
JayDyerLightArt Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
This was truly a labor of love. Great JOB! 
ems3 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Sannon-Chan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's is amazing! I didn't even realise it had been hand drawn at first! This must have taken so much patience and skill
nimra Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
lot of time that's for sure, thanks
Bara-Rose Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Extremadamente detallado
carlyanderson Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Love the detail, I could never get tired of looking at this
oldfolkie Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Brilliant! Truly a labor of love
nackmu Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would have never had the patience to do that - you're incredible!! :faint:
popoviczr Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very good! I like how complicated it is :)
Jon-Wyatt Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's incredible! To even contemplate this as a drawing must have taken some serious guts.
You are a very brave individual.
moni-kaa5 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, the details are incredible :O
flamingflowerSPD8 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Seeing some pieces of amazing art here, I thought my mind couldn't be blown away more... but this is INSANE!!!! Your level of patience and resistance to madness is extremely inspiring! I can't move my eyes away *_*
blanket86 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Great work!
phoenix132 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! No wonder it took so long, it's incredible the amount of detail in this! Amazing work :)
writetopaint Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed awesome!
Istharxiii Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just amazing...
nimra Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:) /\\\
Pknight98 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this looks too real this is too awesome :)
B-N-1995 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
all i can say is : wow :) amazing!!
Cloudstrive Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
When I draw I try to use some kind of measuring tool, be it a pencil or ruler use as a guide ... But, with the staggering amount of complex detail in this image.. how do you go about accomplishing it without losing your sanity???? or maybe I'm wrong,, this could possibly be done just by using only your visual judgement....!?
nimra Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
yes and no, i plot the main branches and then i draw the secondary ones then go from back to front, i use hash marks that are akin to a grid to get the major branches in. If the drawing is large or overly complex i might go to the bother of using a grid but at time this grid can just get in the way so the branches in a sense become the grid. as far as losing my sanity its been gone for years :)
Cloudstrive Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Wow what an amazing feat. What ordinary people perceive as insane, we see genius. I just can't imagine ever doing this.. It would take me 3 years to accomplish such thing. Thanks for sharing it with us :)
nimra Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
when i see this done and on a screen at that, i feel the same, is like it wasn't me that did it, sound strange i know. As im working im so involved i dont realize what it takes.
Lmomjian Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I could never imagine doing something like this....
WalkingAntique3 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
Looks to me like Andrew Wyeth on drugs. To do this drawing had to take more balls than a pool table has ! I do see some Pollock in this one. Thanks for capturing what my eyes enjoy while walking in my nearby Oak forest.
nimra Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
its only me on drugs......... well these days at least caffeine
Muhammadsartworks Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was thinking this was a photo
AthenaStorm Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have been driving around taking pictures as the leaves fall off the trees where I live with a idea to draw them and you have inspired me that this can be done. The details work is amazing and I was afraid it couldnt be done but you have shown me its possible.
nimra Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thats why i did it in the first place i really didn't know if i could pull it of with this kind of detail, and i almost faltered a few times, i wish you luck.
Lamp0 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Is illustration board the same as Bristol Board?

I have been trying some Canson (extra smooth) Bristol Board for my drawings, but there's something about it that just makes my drawings look rather unremarkable... like I can't manipulate or layer the pencil.
nimra Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
no the kind of Illustration board this is on is Crescent 500 its smooth but not like Bristol, its hard to get dark on i you really have to draw in layers
KanakoNakamura Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LIAR! I do not believe this is done by hand! :) ...Well it is that impressive. I could stare at this for hours! I wish it were larger so I could see all of the detailing. AMAZING!!!!!!!
nimra Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah i stared at it for 500 hours it almost was the end of me, yet the one im working on now i have 700 hours into and im not half done. that does not mean that it takes many hours to make good art, i could create a 1400 hour pile of poo.
KanakoNakamura Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bahaha~ But it would look so real you could smell it! "... his newest piece entitled 1400 Hour Pile of Poo" *applause applause* ahaha. But seriously, you are officially my inspiration of patience of detail. Thank you for setting the bar so unbelievably high!
nimra Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
no problem, thank you
GinnyWeasley-13 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so amazingly detailed.
MADMANHales Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
oh my god
StraightEdge1977 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Man, I'd gave up after finished 2" x 2" of this.
NekroGothicMaster Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
im gonna faint!!!
shell31 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011   Traditional Artist
Wow absolutely amazing detail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it :)
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10/400 second
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70 mm
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Date Taken
Jan 15, 2008, 4:13:44 AM