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Incredibly Detailed Illustrations of Giant Trees With Unruly Roots

Rachael Pease Drawings

Los Angeles-based artist Rachael Pease explores memories of rural landscapes through her intricate drawings. Each piece documents real trees she's seen and photographed. Before Pease puts pen to paper, she brainstorms compositions by putting together a collage from different photos. Once the artist's satisfied, she applies India ink on frosted mylar, resulting in a rich, glowing effect.

“As I draw, I weave reality with strings of fantasy and inspiration that I received from the actual trees at the location,” Pease explains. “In my studio, I revisit the trees and talk to them. I think about the roots breaking the dry soil in the ground or how a branch bends over one’s head to the sky. Trees provide me with a mirror to look inward. They make me nostalgic of the wild freedom, wonder, and fear I experienced growing up in my home forests of Indiana. My goal as an artist is to help provide access for others to that self-reflective mirror, to reconnect us with looking and be an envoy of nature.”

Pease applies meticulous detail to the texture of the trees and the dry landscapes they grow from. The bold trees' silhouettes are contrasted by the soft and slightly colorful skies, offering a visually realistic balance. She also consciously frames the drawings in a circle or oval, which seems to emulate the perspective of binoculars or a telescope. In some works, the branches of the trees dominate the composition, in others, it is the strong labyrinth of roots.

To keep up to date with Pease's latest creations you can follow her on Instagram.

Los Angeles-based artist Rachael Pease uses India ink on frosted mylar to compose her intricate landscape drawings.

Rachael Pease Drawings

Each illustration features giant trees with wild, unruly roots.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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