Been working on this off and on the past few days. Decided to finish it up today, but I accidentally spilled my entire cup of water on it just as I was adding finishing details
so I lost a bunch of the details and it ended up darker than it was, but idk. Still looked alright, so I just brought it into photoshop to remove some of the dark smudges caused by the spill, fix the messed up highlights and then called it done. :u
lost a lot of my little details though, but oh welllllll. Still looks okay.
Anyway, Dreamworld-wise, I've decided Elliot does not know about the flying tree at the beginning of the story. He finds it.
In the dreamworld, each city has a patron tree that stands for things essential to humanity. Orchard = food, shelter, home; Willow = spirituality, spiritual protection, emotion; Abandoned City/Oak (flying tree) = innovation, imagination, inspiration
It should be noted that each city's citizens very much act like their patron tree, which makes sense since it's influenced their whole lives. Orchard folk are very practical, Willow folk are considered quite out there, and Oak's people were extremely ambitious, but intelligent.
Trees do have the ability to communicate, but they cannot speak, and cannot move more than their branches. UNLESSSSSSS they are not anchored to a city. Then they're pretty much free to go wherever the heck they want, unless they've been imprisoned. (This is why the flying tree can, well, fly.)
Upon the fall of Oak, the city of invention, the citizens of Orchard decided it would be safest to take the city's patron tree and keep it locked away in Orchard, where it couldn't be misused.
(As a side note, there are only three trees in Dreamworld. The Apple Tree of Orchard, the Willow of Willow, and the Oak of Oak [derp]. Any other trees sprout from the roots of the patron trees.)
Also, yes, the Flying Tree is quite a bit smaller than the other patron trees (like lol a tenth of the size?) This is because it isn't rooted, and is losing its power. Yup)
ANYWAY, Elliot ends up finding the Oak tree by accident.
He doesn't steal it though.
....at least, not until he has a good right to.
Inks on Watercolor paper.
Dreamworld and all related characters (c) me