recent projects: thumbprint tree
Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 5:05AM
jenifer at stroopwoffle in thumbprint tree, wedding art, wedding guestbook

When Chris and Angela approached me and asked about creating a thumbprint tree for their wedding guests, I didn't know what it was, and had to look it up. It turns out to be one of the hottest new trends for weddings.

After some sketching, I ended up creating the tree below:

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They wanted it to have enough branches and space to accommodate about 150 thumbprints, as well as to be usable for their wedding invitation, as well, so it needed to be a refined, but still versatile, scalable vector file.

© jenifer at stroopwoffle. all rights reserved
Since I've been doing more portrait-type work for weddings lately, it was a treat to try something unexpected. It got me curious about the end-result, as well as how to assess the thumbprint-to-tree-branch ratio. I went ahead and made a version with 150 thumbprints just to see:

© jenifer at stroopwoffle. all rights reserved

FYI, this would need to be printed at about 20 x 24 inches/50 x 50 cm for 150 thumbprints to look like this. If you wanted the thumbprints to feel smaller or less clustered, you'd want a bigger tree. Or fewer guests. (Heh. Like that's an option.)

Update on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 11:37PM by Registered Commenterjenifer at stroopwoffle


I'm getting increased amounts of enthusiastic email with questions about my thumbprint tree design, which has been really lovely! However, the darker flip-side of this is that its popularity seems to have inspired a great deal of unauthorized "appropriation", let's just say, which is unfortunate. Every creative professional is influenced by others: that's pretty normal. And trees are fairly universal forms. But after some kind fans alerted me to some works that were basically blatant copies of this illustration, I've been forced to make some firmer legal distinctions. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but I'm not feeling too flattered these days. Sigh.

So. 3 quick things for you to know:

1. I do sell this design now as a vector file (not a print) for personal, one-time, no resale, use. 

2. If you see another designer with this thumbprint tree for sale, it's NOT their original design. They were not given permission or license to use it. This is called intellectual property theft, and it's illegal. 

3. With cheery #1 and dreary #2 in mind, I invite you to contact me directly if you're interested in purchasing this thumbprint file from its actual creator!  



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