Small improvements

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Just a piece of zentangle tonight – I’m trying out an interlocking version of the piece I posted earlier in the week.

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(St)arting with a vision

As mentioned, I’m playing with zentangles and other sketching this month. The last piece I posted is the type of work that comes easily to me at the moment: procedural and forgiving.
Tonight I tried something completely different: a panda stack, based on the memory of someone else’s sketch I love.

It didn’t turn out well.

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Terrible lighting aside, I’m seeing a lot to learn from in this picture. There’s also one big thing to be proud of: my choice to share this photo with you so that in six months, I’ll have a ‘before’ shot of my drawing skills to show how far I’ve come.

Tangles of colour

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Playing with this zentangle idea again as part of an August drawing challenge. I love how forgiving this design is – it looks dramatic even when it’s rough.
I’ll be giving this one another go again soon – I think it will look better with the colours shared across the six dividing lines, instead of across the interleaved lines, since the colours will tie together better. But that’s an experiment for another day.

Thinking about words instead of pictures, my partner and I each got a wonderful, thoughtful, joyfully tear-jerking letter from a friend in the post today (well, yesterday, but I had a job application to finish last night, which meant no blog post and a long wait to read my letter.) You’ll hear more about the letter in its own post soon, but I wanted to sing my praises of letters in general, and this letter in particular, straight away.

Spiders, physics and whimsy

My partner and I were talking tonight about a spider that was kicked out of our house today. As often happens, we drifted into whimsy. Unusually it was particularly visual whimsy, so I’ve had a go at drawing it.

The sharply educated among you will notice the mention of the inverse square rule in panel 2. I meant the square cube rule, but only realised it when I was writing the formulae in panel 3. Could be that this is why real artists do drafts.

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Zentangles

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I’ve gone to bed without blogging tonight, so I’m sharing this ‘zentangle’ as a quick post. The idea of a zentangle seems to be to fill small spaces with quick, often colourful patterns to add liveliness and texture to a picture. This is more a practice pattern than a zentangle in itself,  but I found it was a good way to get a feel for the idea and practice the simple drawing skills that I’m occasionally working on.

If you’re interested in knowing/seeing more of zentangle, there’s a wealth of examples and instructions on Pinterest.