Inktober – Day #3

Yesterday I talked about how these portraits just appeared before my eye when I had drawn a string or a short time after I had started tangling my drawing for Inktober. Today I thought a bit more about this and decided to consciously stick to the theme: bijou-sized Zentangle-inspired art portraits. I’m already looking forward to putting together a picture of all the portraits at the end of the month! But there’s one thing I wanted to change: I wanted to draw men’s portraits, too, since drawing men is always a bit awkward for me. An this month is about learning, isn’t it? That’s why I decided to go for a guy to today. It actually isn’t that hard and I already have lots of ideas for doing beards.. this will be fun! But before I warmed up with a well-shaved fellow:

Inktober #3

Tangles used: Cruffle, Fescu, Nekton, Tipple

Hm.. might be a(n older) woman, too, don’t you think? I guess there’s some room for improvement here – but I still like Cruffle as a curly hair. I especially like Fescu here, it was just the perfect tangle for the background.

Tomorrow I’ll let you take over again, subconsciousness, and let you decide what it’s going to be. Although a child would be nice, too….

Inktober – Day #2

Did you already experience this feeling that it’s not up to you what you’re doing but that someone / something’s deciding for you? I had it just a short time ago when I started today’s drawing for Inktober. Yesterday I did a bijou tile (2×2 inch for all those of you who are not into Zentangle) and although I wanted it to be something abstract, I changed plans when I had the vague idea that it might become the portrait of a woman. I went for that and wasn’t all that happy with the result. Well. Today the exact same thing happened after I had drawn the string. Right away, I had this picture in my head with all the tangles already in it and I liked the result. This is a very rare thing to happen but here it is: ANOTHER Zentangle-inspired portrait of a woman on a bijou tile.

Inktober #2

Tangles used: CO2, Cruffle (without filling), Gneiss and Nipa

Let’s see if I can produce something different this month or if I end up with 31 bijou-sized portraits! 😀

The next Step: One Zentangle a Day – Day #2

Day 2 was about tonal values tangles have, that is their respective shades of black, white and grey (not THAT shades of grey 😉 ). The three tangles introduced today are a good example for tonal values: Knightsbridge has a strong contrast between purely black and purely white. Nekton has a more greyish tone depending on the space between the lines while, Fescu is a very light, airy tangle with a very bright tonal value.

Today’s task was to use all the tangles introduced so far to tangle a tile. Here is mine:

One Zentangle a Day #2
Tangles used: Crescent Moon, Fescu, Knightsbridge, Nekton, Static, Tipple

I always found Nekton hard to draw and although I like the look of it, I avoided it because of this. The illustration in the book wasn’t actually very helpful for me so I set out to google the pattern and found a very helpful >>video<< on YouTube by Ellen Wolters. In it she uses a different approach than Beckah Krahula which I find easier to follow. Maybe it will help you, too! I’m positive that in the future I’ll use Nekton more than before.

I’m totally happy with this tile and hope that the next ones will turn out as well! Although I guess I won’t be able to use all tangles in one tile anymore very soon because they are slowly getting too many.

When I started this project, I wanted to find a better understanding of merging or connecting tangles to get a smoother overall look. Here I used quite a few transitions and combinations I’ quite happy with: Crescent Moon and Fescu look quite nice together, the combination of Crescent Moon and Knightsbridge gives Knightsbridge a new look, I think, and Static gives a big Tipple-Bubble just the look of a marble, don’t you think?

I’m already looking forward to the third day, the theme is creating depth (have to admit that I already had a look and tried it this time, too O:-) ).

* This is no cooperation with anybody, I haven’t been paid or asked to do this and the book I use was bought by me.

Inktober – Day #1

I did some research on inktober since my last post and many people a drawing under a specific theme. I thought about that, too, and decided to go for Zentangle and Zentangle-inspired art for this year. Seems obvious, huh? 😉

Here is my drawing for the first of inktober. I had a lot of things on my list today and didn’t have a lot of time for drawing, unfortunately. That’s why it became a last minute drawing on a bijou tile (2×2 inch) which was supposed to turn out to be something abstract but turned out to be a portrait of somekind. I’m not really happy with her eyes and a lot of other things (or with the scan, the shading looks much softer in the original) BUT: I’ve taken the first step and getting a better result tomorrow (or.. maybe I should say “later”?) will make up for it. I hope. Got a little rusty, I think. But there are 30 days remaining to work on that!

inktober #1

Tangles used: Cadent, Dragonair, Printemps

What did you draw for Inktober First?