For something a little different, I decided to try contour drawing a few nearby things in hopes of some new shapes.
What's contour drawing, you ask?It's a technique in which the artist draws a subject slowly, concentrating on the contours of the subject. The focus is on the essential form and not the minor details. Expect a contour drawing to look wonky; perhaps that's why I like them! In a blind contour drawing your eyes are only on the subject - not the paper - slowly and carefully following the outline with your pencil on the paper.
|A page of contour drawings of things around my desk.|
I'd say 'blind' but I cheat, and glance occasionally.
To use this technique to draw a Zentangle string, I recommend doing a very simple drawing. You don't want a lot of teeny, tiny spaces to deal with.
On the corner of my desk are two photo cubes with recent, favorite Zentangle tiles in them. I did a blind contour drawing of them and tangled with variations of Emingle for a Square One prompt.
|Tangles: Doodah, Emingle, Pearlz, Zewm, Zonked|
|Turned 90 degrees counter-clockwise from the string photo.|
Tangles: Arukas, Emingle, Moonwaves, Zonked and a Black Pearl(z)
|Tangles: Cubine, Lamar, Romanancy, Zonked|
|Tangles: Amazing Spider, Black Pearlz, Icantoo, Prestwood, Pia, Sanibel, Zander|