Styling slanting bonsai - shakan
this shape is similar to wind swept style but all the branches can grow in many directions.
Key Points to make this shape
1. the trunk slanting mainly to only one side
2. although the trunk is usually straight slanting to one side, it may have a few gentle curves.
3. the number of branches and where they grow out from is less important to make this shape compared to other similar styles such as upright and windswept style.
4. since it's the slanting version of upright bonsai, you may want to place the branches based on upright branch rules.
5. the bottom of the trunk should be very carefully considered to make this shape. (it must not grow straight up from the ground) If you are making the trunk slant to the left, it is better to find the nebari growing to the right first so that you can have very nice looking nebari in the front view because it is considered to be very good if the nebari is growing to the the opposite direction where the trunk is slanting to. more about nebari rules
6. with the trunk slanting to the left, nebari should grow longer to right (A) and shorter to left (B) when viewed from the front side.
7. branches will look much better if they are slightly growing downwards.
8. the best degree to slant the trunk is between 45-60°
Recommended trees for this shape ( any kinds of trees will suit for this shape because it's very simple style)
pine trees, Japanese cedar, maple