Okay, I don't think this worked very well in the end. Still, it's only an experiment. Just looks a bit weirdly flat? *And too sharp on the edges... for some reason. Maybe because the drawing doesn't map around the shape of the trunk... Probably shouldn't have used the black. Anyway I can't figure it out. I had something more soft, and "chippy" (peeling, flaky, whatever) - along the lines of the cliffs in the background in my head, but it turned out kinda interesting regardless (even if nothing like what I intended :/ ). * Actually... now that I think about it... why did I make the sides perfectly straight? They could have some slight variation where the bark comes up from the surface. (concept) Also... look at all these interesting barks: <a href="http://www.google.co.nz/images?um=1&hl=en&biw=1920&bih=890&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=pine+tree+trunk&btnG=Search&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=" target="_blank">http://www.google.co.nz/images?um=1&hl...q=&gs_rfai=</a> Now a photorealistic bark is obviously not right for the project. But if you look at the shape and texture of the bark and then sort of simplify/cartoonerize it, soften and tone it down a bit... maybe it could create an interesting effect?