Here’s an environment you don’t often see in this comic! It’s treeland.

Fun story: In 2012 I interned at Pixar on the art department on the Good Dinosaur (….I know). I was hilariously mismatched for my assignment–apparently my mentor had seen my vis dev portfolio and had decided based on one (1) page of very loosely drawn plants for my 4th year film that I would be really good at drawing nothing but realistic model sheets of plants for 12 weeks. I was not. I told them so directly up front but they foolishly believed that a Calarts student–a school that I’m pretty sure has never ever offered even so much as one class in realism/naturalistic draftsmanship–could learn to draw ready-for-3D-animation model sheets of real life plants over the course of one summer.

Long story short, I still hold a grudge against ferns, but I did learn how to draw trees a bit better. I’m still way better at detail shots, though. I still get stressed out about how to articulate an entire trees worth of leaves and also how to not make a green-leaves-and-brown-trunk-tree look like a five year old colored it.

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