The Woodland Trust

joannalayla_editorial_lastlondon_lifeboat_8‘Life Boat’  –  Editorial illustration commissioned by The Woodland Trust for the Tree Charter Youth Ambassadors programme. In addition to the animation below.


L O N E L Y   T R E E

An animation in celebration of the TREE CHARTER by Joanna Layla and Lizzy Rowlatt commissioned by

I N A   S H A I in collaboration with THE WOODLAND TRUST and LYRIX ORGANIX.

The brief was to design, create and animate a hand-drawn line and watercolour music video within a month, based on a narrative entitled ‘Lonely Tree’ about how one man (and a pigeon) transform an urban wasteland into a thriving green space.

The animation can be seen here on the Woodland Trust website

The animation was debuted in full at the HAY FESTIVAL 2017.

here is the full length animation we created:



Below is a selection of frames from the collaborative animation.

1. joannalayla_lonelytree_scene1_new

1. joannalayla_lonelytree_1

2. joannalayla_lonelytree_scene2

2. joannalayla_lonelytree_1

3. joannalayla_lonelytree_scene3

3. joannalayla_lonelytree_1

4. joannalayla_lonelytree_scene4_6

4. joannalayla_lonelytree_1

5. joannalayla_scene 5_growing tree series_2

5. joannalayla_lonelytree_1

6. joannalayla_lonelytree_scene6

6. joannalayla_lonelytree_1

7. joannalayla_lonelytree_scene7_11_clean

7. joannalayla_lonelytree_2

0. joannalayla_lonely tree_outtake_3

behind the scenes….

IMG_2248In designing the illustrations for the video I was inspired by lines from TS ELIOT’s The Wasteland:

What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow
Out of this stony rubbish? Son of man,
You cannot say, or guess, for you know only
A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,
And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief,
And the dry stone no sound of water. Only
There is shadow under this red rock,
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.


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