3D Modeling for Bonsai

So over the summer all my little jade plants decided that they wanted to go super saiyan and form a forest. I got a cool tray from Bonsai West and started to think about the placement of the little guys into a Yose-Uye (forest). Well, being a 3D artist I put ZBrush to work to help me visualize the grouping. I knew I wanted to go for a 7-tree or 9-tree planting and because I wouldn't be removing the plants from their little pots before arranging them, turning and placing them in a virtual environment would be much easier. I didn't go and model the plants completely, just the major trunks and branches to speed up the process. I came up with about 3 arrangement and settled on the one pictured.

This is what it looked like a few days afters planting was completed. The balance wasn't quite right so I added the rock to get a better triangular shape to the whole scene.

It grew quite a bit over the summer and even when brought inside for the winter it didn't seem to slow down. So much so that I had to trim it back some. I thought the transplanting would have caused it to slow down, but I guess it liked it's new arrangement. It was fully rooted so I even removed the wires holding the trunks in place. I also removed the shoots near the bottom to show off the trunks more. Here are the results after reshaping and some wiring. The moss is also surviving nicely and should fill in come mid-summer.

Front View Dec. 21st, 2016

Back View Dec. 21st, 2016

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