In July 2020, I devoted considerable time to modeling just a portion of a sequoia tree. These were between 32-36 inches tall and with the tops of the trees omitted.
Here are several images of the work that was done, and also some prototype photos for comparison.
Several of these models will be featured in an upcoming television commercial for a manufacturer of a major name-brand video game machine, which will air this fall. At that point I can add a link to the commercial.
This was my biggest model tree project yet, and we are hopeful it will lead to more opportunities! :)
A, below: Prototype photos. To model a sequoia, capturing the red quality of the bark, and the deep, sometimes irregular grooves, would be essential.
B, below: I felt I was making good progress with the bark detail and texture. Perhaps I made some progress toward prototypical color. (you must click on the image to get the full size).
C, below: I created this background painting because I wanted to see if I could create some realistic images:
D, below: The process of creating the trunks involves carving. For straight trees, I began with milled clear-grain Port Orford cedar, which is the common name for Chamaecyparis lawsoniana. Some I turned on my router-lathe combination machine. Others were more or less hand-carved. (you must click on the image to get the full size).
E, below: For these trees to be used in the television commercial, the sequoia bark was not needed, but I used the techniques I had learned with the carving and engraving the bark detail, which was another opportunity for improvement. (you must click on the image to get the full size).
At this time, I offer these types of trees as a custom order. I can also make a "kit" which allows one to construct their own. Please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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