Witty quote

"I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught." (Winston Churchill)....Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread. (Richard Wright)....Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet (Stephen Hawking)

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

challenge 163

I have to confess that for the rixty challenge I took an older coloured drawing (see small image below the finished drawing). I had never finished it, not knowing what to do next in the old days. Rixty came to the rescue! I took the colour out, removed the bird border, then printed the drawing original size and carried on from there..

The 10x10cm drawing below emerged after I accidentally ripped a corner of really nice paper, so got my cutter out and rescued the rest of it for little squares. I'm gradually decorating them, sometimes using "borrowed" strings, sometimes not!

Although the rixty pattern consists of angles, it's actually quite floristic, I think. A nice addition to the organic repertoire!

rixty joins the club (A4)

old drawing long BEFORE rixty

a bit more rixty (10x10cm)

Monday, 14 April 2014

pattern-making and 10x10s

First a video, drawn by one of my favourite doodlers, in which he also explains how he finds new patterns. His drawings are spectacular. You can link to his website from this video at YouTube.

I can't compete, so I won't try, not least because I don't have a bison skull handy! 

Last night I damaged a large sheet of raw watercolour paper I was going to use for a large doodle with water media added. I didn't want to lose the whole sheet so I got my cutter out and made some 10x10cm bits with the intention of trying some tiny drawings for a change from the big ones. My cutter can make a wavy line edge so I used that and it's decorative on the originals but will not scan properly, so I have taken it out of these copies of the doodles. I cut an undamaged sheet of paper up, too, so I now have about 20 little supports to decorate, and I'm considering using one or two of the official strings you can find here. At that link you will also find all the officially sanctioned socalled "tangles", which are the patterns designed by the founders of the zentangle movement. But lots of others are included and you can find lots more e.g. here or here. I usually draw my own strings (curved or straight guidelines in pencil) and then as likely as not ignore them. You can see from the video that the artist is working without any guidelines, but he probably has a vision of what it might look like! It's advisable - if you are not this artist - to design your mandalas in detail before adding patterns.

The first of my tiny doodles got its colour later. The drawing isn't very good and started as a scribble to use up the paper. I needed time to mentally switch to the small format. By the time I started 'floral' I was starting to like the tiny size so I'm hoping for better results today!




Below are a few old sketchbook entries (about 13x18cm) which I have never published. They are much more skillfully drawn and probably took ages. The secret is to have really fine-pointed micron to work with. They are not edited for colour correction.