Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Scribble Plant 3 Fantasy Landscape Step-out #FantasyLandscape #Step-out #DrawingTutorial

Last Sunday, I posted a step-wisely discussing how you can use the most basic of shapes to create all sorts of funky plants.  I apologize because I'm going to bombard you this week with some step-outs based on that premise, so I can use them in Sunday's Step-wisely.  After that, I hope to be on a Sunday only posting for Fantasy Landscapes, unless someone asks for a specific step-out to be done.

I'm really fond of the scribble method, especially when using color.  This method is also known as squirkling, and who doesn't love a name like that?

I've touched on this method for applying texture - you can use it in just about any shape - check out this example I did for a Sharpie review a few years ago, here.  I scribbled everything including the boy and his dog.

There is an unbelievable range of values that you can create so this is a very handy texture to use when you are trying to balance your values, so I decided I'd touch on it again as a step-out to create plants with wildly, bushy foliage.

When you scribble, you can be very tidy about it and keep your loops the same size and the rows even.  Or  you can just be a messy bessy and wander all over the place.  If you don't like the look of what you have - scribble some more until you do.

Light scribbling, light in both the amount of pressure and the number of scribbled lines, can give a nice light value.  You can create dense, complex dark values by scribbling until almost all the area is covered with ink.

And last but not least, plants drawn using this method are so fun-KY!



For a full list of Fantasy Landscape Step-outs, Step-by-steps, Step-wiselys and guide rules go here.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Basic Shapes Fantasy Landscape Step-wisely #FantasyLandscape #DrawingTutorial #Step-wisely

In drawing and painting, shapes are important, even in the most non-objective and abstract of art.

In my fantasy landscape drawings, they are crazy like mad important!

So for this week, I'm exploring shapes and the many, many, many landscape objects that you can make from them.

Today I'm showing you ways to use the most basic shapes:
  • roundish-circles, ovals, etc.
  • squarish-squares, rectangles, etc.
  • triangularish-triangles 

For each type of shape I drew some very, very basic shapes, and then I drew some that were a bit more complex.  As time goes on I'll do step-outs for some of these, but chances are you can figure out most of them yourself.  If you want a step-out for any one in particular, let me know and I'll do it up.

Roundish



Building on roundish shapes





Squarish




Building on Squarish shapes




Triangularish




Building on Triangularish shapes



Play with sizes, widths and lengths.  Stack 'em up, place them side by side. Go from large to small and small to large.  Alternate the size and shapes.  Mix 'em up so you don't know what's coming next. Make 'em lean over like they're going to fall.  Suck in the sides or make 'em bulge.

For a full list of Fantasy Landscape Step-outs, Step-by-steps, Step-wiselys and guide rules go here.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday Links to Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways #zentangle #Giveaways #ArtJournal



Zentangle
Challenges
The Daily New Tangle Challenge
Pattern-Collections Daily Pattern Focus
Weekly Challenge #99: Tangle with K-L-M
Zentangle All Around Challenge

Strings
Pattern-Collections Weekly String
"It's a String Thing" #199 Tiles

Pattern Videos
Daily Tangle - Queasy
Rest - today's daily tangle
Ringz - a fun organic tangle
Daily Tangle - 4-Bol
Today's tangle - Round Wedge
How to Draw Tangle Pattern Stitch #33
Knase Tangle Pattern Lesson # 194

New Patterns
How to Draw Camreap
How to Draw Olluan
Tangle Pattern: Pub Carpet #5
S-Pod
Necklace
Talon

Other
Oldie but Goodie tangle pattern-Flormeoba Rose
Week 13 of the Go-To Pattern Library
Weekly Zentangle Roundup #323
Review-The Great Zentangle® Book by Beate Winkler
Tangle Refresher 157
Do you ever wonder "Is this piece done?"

Fantasy Landscape Resources
Cave Pony Step-out

Tutorials & Art Journaling Prompts
Paper Wisteria Plant
5 Tips on How to Find a Lost Pen
How to Paint a Watercolor Floral Still Life Step-by-Step
How to Use a Red Under Drawing To Draw Realistic Landscape Greens with Colored Pencil

Giveaways
ColorIt's Summer Kickoff Giveaway: enter every day until June 30
Colored Pencil Magazine -24pc tin set of AquaBlend watercolor pencils
PSA Essentials Hand Stamp Essentials Giveaway
Summer Jam Giveaway-Enter to win one of two huge notebook/pen collections
The Postman's Knock-Finetec Pearl Colors palette
Jetpens Giveaway-Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust Gel Pens

**Get a free summer issue of Rubber Stamp Madness.  Details here.

Reviews
BENU Fountain Pen (Silver Galaxy)
Cuaderno Notebook by Notebooks and Journals

Friday, June 23, 2017

Cave Pony Fantasy Landscape Step-out #FantasyLandscape #Step-out #DrawingTutorial

I was looking at a friend's photos on Flickr and came across a horse with odd coloring.  As often happens these days, I was immediately overcome with the desire to create a fantasy horse step-out.

The problem, of course, is that horses are hard.  How to simplify enough for this series?

And then I thought of the cave paintings of Lascaux.  Animals reduced to their bare essence, yet clearly recognizable.  So I googled the cave painting of a pony, and here's what I came up with.


For a full list of Fantasy Landscape Step-outs, Step-by-steps, Step-wiselys and guide rules go here.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review-The Great Zentangle® Book #Zentangle #BookReview #LearnToTangle

The Great Zentangle Book by Beate Winkler, CZT® is now available in English!  Previously, it was only available in German (Das Grosse Zentangle®-Buch).  There are 101 patterns with original artwork from 47 CZTs and other artists.

I did review the German version, so this review will be very similar, but more accurate because I had to guess what was being said in the first version.  I'm sadly lacking in the ability to speak more than one language.  


Look & Feel

Specs
144 pages
8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
Glued Binding
Soft bound Cover
101 tangle step-outs

The paper is high quality and thick, so the book is fairly heavy.  This is a mixed blessing.  The book should withstand lots of use but the weight might make it uncomfortable to carry.  

Although the binding is glued, you can fold the book backwards and if you do this (gently) the pages will lie almost flat, even in the middle.  

There are many illustrations throughout, not just for the tangle step-outs.  While the examples are done by various people, the step-outs are done by the same person, so there is a cohesive look.  The illustrations are beautiful and well-done.

The tangles are broken out into three kinds - beginner, exciting, and master class.

Many of the tangles included can be found in other books and on the internet.  I'm not sure if any of them were created just for this book.  However, even if you are familiar with most of the tangles this is a very nice and comprehensive collection of tangle patterns, presented in a clear and accessible fashion. 

Content
The format of the book is straight-forward and traditional with introductions to the Zentangle Method at the beginning, the tangle patterns presented one-by-one, and ending with a glossary of terms, answers to common questions, link resources, gallery, acknowledgments, about the author and a list of all the tangles contained in the book.

The List of Contents:
  • Foreword
  • Welcome!
  • What is Zentangle?
  • What Materials Do I Need?
  • How Do I Start?
  • Curtains Up! 
  • Great Tangles for Getting Started
  • Exciting Tangles from A to Z
  • Tangles for the Master Class
  • Good to Know
    • Questions and Answers
    • Good Reasons to Zentangle
    • Technical Terms
    • Opportunities for Continuing Tanglers
    • Links
    • Who Are the Friends
    • Gallery
    • Acknowledgements
    • About the Author
    • All Tangles from A to Z

Tangle Patterns included

Ahh  
Florz
Paradox
Angle Fish
Flux
Poke Leaf
Appearance
Fracas
Potterbee
Aquafleur
Gallileo
Printemps
Aura-Leah
Goldilocks
Puffle
B-horn
Golven
Purk
Birds on a Wire
Gryst
Purrlyz
Blooming Butter
Henna Drum
Qoo
Brayd
Herzlbee
Quare
Bubble Bobble Bloop
Hollibaugh
Quib
Bumpety Bump
Huggins-W2
Quipple
Bumpkenz
Impossible Triangle
Rubenesque
Bunzo
Ing
Sanibelle
Cadent
Keleido
Sharalarelli
Casella
Keeko
Shattuck
Cat-kin
Kettelbee
Strircles
Ceebee
Knightsbridge
Sundoo
Chainlea
Ko’oke’o
Sweda
Checkers
Kuke
Trio
Chemystery
Laced
Tri-Po
Coil
Leaflet
Tripoli
Connessess
Logjam
Tropicana
Cool ‘Sista
Luv-A
Tulipe
Crescent Moon
Mak-rah-mee
Twenty-One
Cruffle
MI2  1 & 2
Verdigogh 
Crusade
Mooka
Wheelz
Crux
Moving Day
Widgets
Cubine
M’Spire
Wiking
Dessus-Dessous
Msst
Winkbee
Ditto
Munchin
Zander
Dragonair
Nipa
Zenplosion Folds
Dutch Hourglass
Nzeppel
Zinger
Ennies
Nzeppel Random

Fescu
Octonet

Fiore
Onamato

  Fjura

Examples
Tangles used: Rubenesque, Sweda, Octonet, Printemps, Gryst, Twenty-One, Kaleido and Fiore.


Tangles Used: Quib, Casella, Birds On a Wire, and Dutch Hourglass.


Overall
This is a great book for newbies to Zentangle.  It has all the information needed to get started and  with 101 patterns, they have inspiration to last a long time.  

For more advanced tanglers, it is still a good buy because of the number of patterns collected together.  The book itself is sturdy and well-made.  It is a bit heavy for carry, but will stand up to a lot of abuse.  A good overall reference book that will last for years.

I know I'll be referring to it often!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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Scribble Plant 3 Fantasy Landscape Step-out #FantasyLandscape #Step-out #DrawingTutorial

Last Sunday, I posted a step-wisely discussing how you can use the most basic of shapes to create all sorts of funky plants.  I apologize b...