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Topic: trying to get my drawing mojo back: zentangles!  (Read 15665 times)
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« on: January 04, 2010 09:11:17 PM »

My interest in things tends to be obsessive and cyclical...I may do nothing for months but create ATCs, then I'll switch to knitting and do nothing but that for a year, then painting, then spinning, then crochet, and on and on and on. I've been really wanting to get back into drawing lately, but I've been away from it so long I was having trouble getting past that "but what if I can anymore? what if I screw it up?" line of thinking.

I ran across a reference to zentangles somewhere, I don't really remember, but they seemed like the right sort of low-pressure, technically-simple idea that would be perfect for jumpstarting my brain...so far, it seems I was right Smiley

They're various types of black pens, mostly India ink, on heavyweight drawing paper.

My current favorite (which may or may not actually qualify for the title of "zentangle", but, meh, I've never been very good at following directions):

And starting with my first one:

(Huh. Photo compression is not being very kind to this one.)

They remind me a lot of the reprints of 1970's coloring books I used to have when I was a kid. I'm liking the process enough that this may be the first time I actually manage to fill an entire sketchbook!

« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2010 09:31:29 PM »

They're great - really striking.  They're really interesting to look at and I love the balance you have between heavily filled and lightly filled areas (not sure how to express that more clearly!).
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2010 10:04:28 PM »

These are really wonderful and eye catching! I can't follow directions either...but attempting zentangles brings me back to me collage like drawing or what I prefer as "train of thought" where I draw whatever the last picture reminds me of.

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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2010 10:14:48 PM »

There's just so much going on.  I love the movement in them.  I like how you have fallen off the edges of the basic shape.  I particularly like the last one for reasons i can't really articulate except that it makes me happy somehow.  and the second last makes me think of Munch's The Scream.
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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2010 10:36:31 PM »

I had to go google zentangles and now I think I'm in for a new hobby.  I'm not paying $49 for the kit, though!

I really love how you went off the main shapes and used only black and white, the drawings are amazingly detailed and awesome!

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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2010 10:49:23 PM »

Thanks, everyone! You've hit on some of my main points of focus: balance is important, as long as it happens asymmetrically, I love having the drawings escape the edges, and I'm being very strict with myself about having this entire sketchbook be only in black and white...though my best friend would be more than happy to steal it away from me and color everything in Wink

I'm not paying $49 for the kit, though!
Exactly. Zentangles are a neat idea, but I can cut my own paper into little squares, pick out my own pens, and find my own sources of inspiration, thank you very much!

« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2010 11:05:35 PM »

I love them!! The first and last are my absolute favorite, they're so lovely.

Thanks for introducing us to this new art form <3 I'm hooked!

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« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2010 02:17:22 AM »

I love the cat one.  So cute.


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« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2010 07:00:00 AM »

wow,Love the creativity in your drawings, I have been wanting to try zentangles but haven't attempted yet.you've inspired me

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« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2010 02:16:50 PM »

Yay, more people with potential zentangle obsessions!

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