Friday, August 22, 2014

Water Play


Okay I gave it a try.

I'm going to do it again, because there's a few refinements needed, but I worked up something approximating pool water in the sunlight

this is the finished piece. I think I captured the motion and shapes, while keeping zentangle ™ in mind.

I took pictures of the process, and have a little break down here.







step one: broad squiggles top to bottom
step two: random squiggles over



        
step three: repeat across


                                                              
step four: random color squiggles following the black lines

After adding color, I had a couple of decisions to make. Color things in? Color the big spaces in, and leave the little openings between the squiggly lines? How to incorporate official zentangle?
 So I decided to n'zeppel it:
In a few places, I went "behind" some of the squiggles, just to add interest.


When I got a 40% off coupon for any item at Michael's, I bought the highest quality colored pencils I could find. These are woodless colour pencils by Progresso. The color goes on so smooth and rich. Usually I feel like I'm not doing them justice...like I need to know more, learn more, about how to maximize them. Meanwhile, I love these pencils. They are extremely fine and creamy smooth.

I colored in the large spaces, between the n'zeppel shapes and the squiggles. I left any spaces within the squiggles empty.







I used several colors, but the turquoise was most pleasing, so it is used the most. Here, all the spaces around the n'zeppeled parts are colored in, and I haven't done anything to the n'zeppeled spaces.
At this point, I was liking it a lot. It has motion and good shapes all through it here. Note: I made the color here rich and solid.
In pool water, there are sparks and quarks of light, moving constantly. I wanted to make the small spaces, inside the various squiggle lines, do that. I decided on two very light, bright colors







I used a bright lime green, and a sea green inside the squiggle lines. Three shades of blue, including turquoise, pacific blue, and true blue. 
True to N'zeppel, I shaded the shapes along the appropriate edges. Also notice, I aura'ed in a few places. In my next trial, I won't do that.





Then I colored in the large shapes with the turquoise and the sea green, lightly.



This is the finished piece. I'm going to do another one, partly because I want to make some refinements but mostly because it's SO MUCH FUN TO COLOR! ha!




6 comments:

  1. Nice work on this. This is quite an undertaking. You are more ambitious than me to attempt this.

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  2. It looks a lot like the photo you originally included in your first post-well done. It's always interesting the see the steps that go into creating art work. Thanks for that. N'Zeppel was a brilliant choice and I love your use of colour.

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  3. Oh boy, you really nailed it! I didn't think it could be done, but you sure did. Beautiful!

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  4. Thanks for sharing the process, the end result is beautiful.

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