I’m Zentangled!

Guillaume-Connie-1  (914x1200) It’s always fun to try something new. Zentangle is a form of doodling that has become popular. There is no real wrong way to do it and the process itself is relaxing and fun. This portrait was done in a traditional way, then I had fun adding the hair in the zentangle style.

I love to draw. The simplicity of building an object and seeing it come to life on paper is a basic to most artists. Often it is learned before one journeys into color. Some leave it behind once they start painting, but I find myself returning to it often. In my fun and fantasy style the ink images satisfy my desire to draw, but sometimes I need more. I gave myself the treat of drawing in pencil and playing with the zentangle style.

This self portrait was done from a photograph. I was clearly amused at something and the image reflects my suppressed grin. As you can see, I did not spend my time on the face, but the hair. I have very thick, curly hair and it seemed a perfect subject to replace with zentangle. The curves and curls are represented by various patterns. As long as they followed the flow of my hair it didn’t really matter what the form was in reality. It said “hair”.

I enjoy the marriage of realism and fantasy. This play project certainly met those needs and gave me an afternoon of fun. Art gives many roads to travel, many amazing sites to see. I’m glad I wandered down this path and discovered the fun of zentangle. I’m pretty sure I want to return and visit again in the future. A different subject, a new challenge but with the promise of adventure and learning in the land of zentangle.

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