I’ve fallen behind on sharing recent Zentangle illustrations from the July 2017 #ZenArtChallenge. I’ve enjoyed seeing the individual interpretations of the patterns, although I will say I wasn’t really into most of the patterns from week three. I’m not against simple patterns, I just prefer more challenging exercises for practice.
That said, I love a few of the week two patterns you’ll see below. I’m always down for 3D drawing practice, so some of these are right up my alley. If you’d like to try your hand at drawing these Zentangle patterns, click on the pattern name for step by step instructions.
Week Two Drawings
I like that this pattern allows you plenty of freedom to give the flowers your own twist with unique patterns and embellishments.
Turned over would make a great background or could be incorporated into a multiple tangle piece.
I’m pretty sure I’ve done this Zentangle pattern before. I recommend using graph paper for this one as it looks a little funky when you draw it freehand. I think it really depends on consistent sizing and spacing to work well, so unless you plan to start in pencil and erase, go with lined sketchbook paper as seen in the colored version above. The graph paper sketch was an outline for the CMYK vector piece shown in the main image above.
By far my favorite pattern from the challenge so far. I learned a variation of this pattern a while back, and find this approach faster and more fun than the previous method. I will definitely use this pattern for numerous future projects.
Several folks in the group loved this floral pattern. Personally, I found it kinda boring to draw and likely won’t use it again.
Here’s an example of a simple floral pattern I liked. It’s elegant in appearance, and the leaves open up opportunities to add your own creative touch.
Another fast, easy doodle. This pattern is strikingly similar to others I’ve drawn before. I’m not exactly sure why it’s named feather as it doesn’t appear very feather-like to me. I think the final result resembles a tree branch more than a feather. I’ve drawn feathers before and will probably use this again, just not to represent a feather.
Week Three Drawings
This pattern of unknown origins would be ideal for you if you’re new to Zentangle. It’s quick to get the hang of and likely functions best as a decorative border surrounding other artwork.
Pretty floral sketch with lots of potential for customization.
A grid based pattern that’s super easy to draw. Rather than fill in the center as seen in the steps, I tried to create a dimensional effect to make it more visually interesting.
My least favorite doodle from week three. The ornate pattern shown as its inspiration seems nice, however, the steps don’t exactly jive with that result. This one didn’t click for me at all.
Another excellent choice for borders around other drawings. As you can see from my sketchbook snapshot, this pattern presents a feast for your imagination.
Strimonds seems to be another repeat for me. I don’t remember that name associated with the design, though. I chose to emphasize shading on the center of the grid squares to give it a different spin.
Some people in the group did awesome things with this pattern, such as using it as a base to form colorful flowers. I wasn’t one of them. This pattern seemed pretty meh to me overall.
You probably noticed that the last week in the July challenge is here already. Next time will be a wrap up blog featuring the final seven illustrations and my reflections on the monthly #ZenArtChallenge. Until next time doodlers, stay sketching!