This morning I have been working on some background trees to help merge from the 2-d background to the 3-d realm of scenery. A while a go I found in Spotlight these bunches of brushy plants used for bouquets and home decoration. They were a beautiful pinky purple colour, but the dried flower heads formed a nice shape like a gum trees canopy and there was enough overlay to stems to create and illusion of depth. So with a bit of spray paint, and fine ground foam, this is the result. See notes below.
|I sprayed the pieces of bunch with some manor red to tone down the pinky colour.|
|There are some dried sedum heads pn the bench as well. Design Master colours available from florist supplies give some good Australian greens.|
|The finished trees after spraying the trunks with an off white tannish spray. I created a simple paper mask to spray through so the green wasn't overly effected.|
|The trees added in behind clumped ground foam and the foreground cliff and the backdrop. They give a good illusion of depth and are simple and airy enough to indicate dense foliage on a mountainside.|
|Moving back with the camera and adding some other props allows me to get an idea of how forced perspective is going.|
And it doesn't take very long at all and you can cover territory quickly.