This year I’ve decided to do a post each week on the tiles I do for the Square One: Purely Zentangle FaceBook page. If you are not familiar with the Square One page, each week they post a focus tangle which you are then supposed to use some way in a tile. The tiles must be 3.5″ x 3.5″ white tiles and you can only use black pen and graphite for shading.
Some weeks the focus tangle is one I know really well and sometimes it is one I have never used before. In any case I always start out by exploring the tangle in my sketch book so I get to know it a little better and/or feel more comfortable drawing it.
The focus tangle for this week is Umble, here is what I drew in my sketch book.
There were a couple of effects I liked and wanted to incorporate into a tile. Following are Work In Progress photos and some explanation of my thought process along the way.
I started with looping bands around a circular shape.
The bands seemed plain so I added what I call Ant Trax down the middle. This adds a little interest and I think it helps emphasizes the over/under layering.
I felt it needed some contrast so I started filling in the spaces between the loops with black. I got about half way around and then thought “If I continue to fill all the way around it will be too much black and not very interesting.” so I stopped.
Then I had to balance out the light and dark so I added the black and white crescent shapes to either side. These help to define the edges of the circular shape.
I played off the light and dark separation again when adding a couple more Umble variations to the outside area of the tile.
This is the final tile with shading, which you can see does a lot to define overlaps, shapes and edges.
If you see an effect you like, please feel free to explore it in your own work.