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My second entry into the Exotika contest, like I mentioned in My first entry, there is bound to be artworks more realistic than this but I hope all viewers will be won over by the creativity.

I am surprised I didn't do anything like this a long time ago because I really love bonsai trees and the trees here are stunted and growing on nothing more than solid rock. It was trees like this that inspired the very first bonsai trees in China ( not Japan, it was introduced to Japan later where it came even more popular ). The trees here are all based on real trees which are all of Asian origin ( to fit the theme ) and are some of the most classic and common types of bonsai grown today. The top tree is a Japanese black pine, The red tree is a Japanese maple, The middle tree is a Trident maple, the bottom-left tree is a Chinese juniper and the flowering tree is an Azalea.

Well, it was a long comment but thanks for taking the time to read. Hope You like it.
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8legs Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Are we all like these trees clinging to the rock of life? We are all different but each offers its own insight, its own well being, and its own Soul. The rock connects us all....
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't even think about it that much even when creating this one :giggle:
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8legs Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It still tells a story though.
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8legs Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess I see too much into things and maybe that is my problem. It just came to me as I looked at the picture. I always look for more when it really isn't there. A flaw within me.
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Or you could have had a very good English teacher like I did who taught you to over-analyze stuff like I sometimes do :XD:
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8legs Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I over-analyze life, methinks, I look at everyone from my own vantage not realizing I must take into consideration, they are Not me but instead an individual with their own views and thought.
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nalia-san Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
amaizing work I like the colors selection
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Pepelepewissexier Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008
:wow: This is just beautiful!!! The color and detail are astounding!!!

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priteeboy Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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Pepelepewissexier Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008
You're very welcome!

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Nepeta-cataria Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I :+fav:ed this for the following reason: (1) I like the idea. I'm interested in Bonsai (though mine died from lack of love) and Asia (my university study focus) and I think the concept of putting them all together like this is excellent. (2) I really like the colors. (3) I really like the detail (I'm not interested in realism) (4) I like the way the trees and rocks are arranged. Nice lines and curves. Rather like Bonsai ;)
Thanks for posting this! 8-)
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, I actually have killed some of mine from too much love...the poor souls were overwatered, or left in the greenhouse for too long. But its trial and error. I hardly ever have one die on me now.

Realism is actually one of my goals, this was the best of my ability at the time. Though I admit I'm not really interested in Photo-realism...Just heaps of detail.
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Nepeta-cataria Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I saw plenty of detail in this piece, part of why I liked it was because the leaves/flowers/needles and texture of the rock and bark are so detailed. and I really like the colors :XD:

by the way, I just noticed your signature question :laughing: why indeed
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, I've had that sig for only a month and I have gotten sooo many commenst on it.

Glad you liked this peice.
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Cardinal69 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007
Amazing work! (As is ALL your gallery!).
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ThankYou, I'm glad You like the rest of my gallery too.
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ilsas-izles Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fantastic!
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GuanYinsTears Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2006   Writer
awesome piece! i love it! i'm thinking of getting back into making Bonsai now I'm single again haha yea it's pretty time consuming
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anytime is perfect for starting bonsai. All the time spent shaping and caring for them pays off in Years to come. To save time and Money, You could always cut-short unwanted garden shrubs and trees. Thats what I did with some of mine and now they are are My best looking ones, even though they will need years of shaping.
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GuanYinsTears Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2006   Writer
that's awesome dude i used to go to the nurseries and look for marked down trees around winter also one of the best things i found was to go to home depot since they always have plants and trees that are half dead that they are selling for next to nothing do you have photos of your trees anywhere ?
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hav't taken any recent photo's but I guess I have to because I could see how they change over Years. only a few of mine are old and impressive but most are only Young. But I'm not a really good photographer.
Since You mentioned buying them in Winter, here's another hint. It maybe hard to tell a deciduous tree from a dead one, If the tree has no leaves just scratch the bark on the trunk a little bit. If the layer underneath is green then the tree is still alive. if it is brown or grey then the tree is dead and won't grow back.

Sometimes however, the neglected trees often produce the most interesting trunk shapes, just dont get one too sick because it could end up dead later.
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GuanYinsTears Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2006   Writer
ah yes the bark scratching a good trick one my mother (the friggin plant swami guru master) once told me about i know what u mean about trunk i love how neglected trees often also have some crazy textures of bark or a more aged look i'd love to see some pics of what you have
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outeq Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006
Great composition and lovely colors ... truly unique piece!
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Okunisan Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006
I like the pink trees! they look like sakura (cherry blossom trees) from Japan
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well You guessed very close, The pink-flowering tree is an azalea which originated in a similar climate to the cherry blossom and both trees flower at the same time of the year, and come in similar flower colour. Except cherry blossoms are larger tha azaleas when fully grown.
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Okunisan Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006
I like the pink trees! they look like sakura (cherry blossom trees) from Japan
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Casperium Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Well it won me over.... this is very creative and different!
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ThankYou, even though this isn't My most realistic work, I reckoned I made good use of imagination combined with actual, recognisable plants.
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soloact-the-bard Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2006
Nice work! Bright! B-)
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I chose certain trees to make the colours bright, but realisic as They really appear at certain times of the year.
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