Friday, October 14, 2016

You Never Know Where You'll End Up

Many times I sit down to tangle,
to draw,
and I have no idea where I'm going.
I just draw lines.
And sometimes it ends up looking like this
when I am finished. 
Like one crazy mixed up line critter.
 So let me show you how I arrived.
I began by laying down a bunch of curving,
rambling swervy lines and
joined the tails back to some touchpoint
in the drawing. 
Nothing is left open-ended on the outer edge.
(This idea came about from something 
saw on Pinterest.)
 I just picked a couple sections and
began filling the little worm shapes in
with curving lines.
Some curve under, some curve over.
 And I just kept going until all the worm shapes
were filled with lines.
 Some of those little 'tails' formed shapes which
I could blacken in with a white highlight . . .
 . . . and I noticed they were looking a bit like
eyes, so I connected some more lines
and made some more little eye shapes.
Some of those white spaces began to fill up
with more line work.
 And then it was complete.
Except two of those spaces called for gem stones.
With drop highlights underneath.
And my little crazy critter cried out for 
shading to bring him to life.
Comparison for you.
To shade or not to shade.
This was drawn in a beige colored
sketchbook as part of my
Getting Sketchy weekly series
in Facebook group 
Zentangle All Around.
Shade? Definitely!
And because you just never know where
you'll end up, I now have one cute little
crazy critter!

What can you do with this line idea?
I would love to see what you come up with!


  1. Love your crazy critter. You just have to love the Zentangle process. You never know where it will take you. The results always astound me.

    1. thank you :) this was so much fun i may try this technique again and see what happens

  2. Thank you so much for sharing the process - fascinating to see & those gems are terrific. I love the way your critter is quite cross-eyed & how he has a distinct face with Flux 'hair' - wonderful.

    1. i forgot to shade the flux. haha! he was fun - i had no idea it would turn into something. i thought it would just be practicing lines


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