It only took about 1 hour (plus a couple of hours tweaking numbers), versus a week or two for the original AS2 experiments (sakura, tree), and the results are vastly superior (from a realism perspective, if not yet artistically). Much of this was experience, but a lot of it was AS3 and the branching library giving me the freedom to explore the subject without worrying too much about performance or architecture. I also spent some time looking at real trees and really examining their shape and growth patterns â the advantage of winter in Edmonton is that it’s really easy to see branch structure.
I plan to see if I can make parts of this interactive, and hopefully create a 3D version in the not too distant future, either with PaperVision, or a simpler custom 3D engine (leaning towards the latter to begin).
It’s a little too large to embed here, so you’ll have to click the screenshot below to open the demo. You’ll need a large monitor (> 1200×1200 pixels) to view this well.