Conifer Copse

I don’t know where this came from, but I am certainly not opposed to happy accidents or a modicum of inspiration coming from seemingly nothing, which certainly appeared to be the case here. Indeed, that may be abundantly clear to you already.

On a vein not too far removed from my recent posts, I was simply playing with blocks of colour – green blocks of colour this time around. I just started copying and pasting, layering them beside one another, and then it hit me. Conifers. I love conifers and their sturdy, jagged charm, and wanted to see if I could abstract one in pixel using these strips of colour in different ways.

It was more fun than it may look, actually, trying to capture the different species and their marked variation in shape, some slender, some rather rotund. As you can see, I did start to lose some of that abstraction as I went on, experimenting with levels of detail. But I took these and used them as a template for the landscape, which isn’t anything amazing but I’m quite liking how the conifers came out, and the way the different patterns and styles overlap.

Good little experiment though, and much like my recent designs a reminder that sometimes dialling down and focusing on something simple can kickstart productivity. If you have a problem, well, call the copse.

  1. Spira said:

    It is the ,as old as humans , question of perception, perspective and the deception that may lurk underneath…
    Quite satisfying to start from something seemingly trivial and to evolve into a complex one.

    (I’m quite intrigued to jaywalk through your blog!)

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    • Jacob said:

      Yes, it’s always welcome, especially when I’ve been at a bit of a low ebb productivity wise. Even if the results aren’t that great, it doesn’t matter; it’s satisfying and refreshing to just get something done.

      Welcome! Thanks for following πŸ™‚ Feel free to jaywalk all over the place, there’s not much traffic to worry about here πŸ˜‰

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  2. Call the copse πŸ˜… I for one am glade you made these πŸ™‚

    Puns aside, I like how you added a path and the cityscape in the main pic to give the conifers a sense of placement. Green is good!

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    • Jacob said:

      Haha, glad yew liked it my frond. More puns in fuchsia! πŸ˜‰

      Yes, creating them individually pushed a landscape whereas if I had tried to do it all at once, I probably wouldn’t have got anywhere. I do quite like the way conifers screen the landscape; I remember as a kid they covered up a nearby business/industrial park and I could see trucks disappearing behind them and cranes rising above.

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      • Oak no! Fir heaven’s sake I need to leaf before I reed any more, feel such a sap.

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      • Jacob said:


        I can’t think of any more, I might have to fern a frond and ask him.

        This is very silly. I feel like a total bluebellend.

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      • Lolol! Hats off, chapeau to your puns!
        Tree-mendous effort causing a big smile πŸ™‚

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  3. For Tyeth said:

    Hi there, I have travelled a little and the first image reminds me of a scene I saw in Gdansk of one of it’s famous apartment blocks known as Falowiec. Gdansk has wooded areas around the suburbs and it’s almost as if you’re stood in one of those “copses” and looking at the building.
    And I’m glad you kept some dark areas on your trees because too many highlights spoil them – they need shaded little areas for squirrels and Peapod (< extra point if you know) to live and play.

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    • Jacob said:

      Hello πŸ™‚ Now that you mention it, I do recall seeing pictures of apartment blocks, possibly those in Gdansk, which looked as if they were rising from a forest. Quite a fascinating contrast and not a setting we’re used to here.


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