Zentangles have been a neat, yet challenging, experience for me. I am the type of artist that just can’t sit down and draw something amazing that popped in my head, I’m the type where I need to look at something to draw it. I have a hard time of translating an image in my head to paper.
At first it was hard for me to get started on the zentangle because, as mentioned, I felt like I needed a pattern or something to look off of. Once I finally started on one of my smaller squares, my mind exploded of all different patterns that I could use. The patterns did not have to be perfect, it all flowed smoothly. I found it great practice for me to try to translate patterns, or images, in my head to paper. I found it to be relaxing, and gave me something to do when I was in a drawing or doodling mood.
Here is my first attempt with zentangle…
I’ve been home all week with various ailments that have left me couch ridden. Feeling a bit cabin feverish, I picked up my sketch book and dove into the world of Zentangles. Or.. my version of it (above). I started with pencil and finished with colored pencils.. what a headache. The pencil that I used smeared and was paired with an eraser most often. Are zentangles meant to be this frustrating? No! I took to the web and found the original site and decided I needed to invest in a nice Micron pen!
I’m about to start a drawing class next week and have been worried about it since I have no drawing background. I started searching around for some practice &/or inspiration and ran across this: Line Design w/Shading. Carmon is the resident artist, so I suggested we both give it a try and this is what we ended up with!
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