It's here - the Shading Smooth Gemstones ebook!

Motivated by the wonderful "Gemstone Challenge" on the Shading Zentangle Facebook group, I'm writing at the speed of light a new ebook on how to shade and color smooth glassy gemstones. Here's the potential cover:

Learn to color and shade smooth glassy gemstones
Learn to color and shade smooth glassy gemstones

Follow this link to get the ebook: http://www.enioken.com/3dtangle/gemstones

The challenge was inspired by the glorious work by Kae Yoshino, who posted a couple of tutorials on how she draws her own gems.

You can also check out my Pinterest board "Drawing Gemstones" which has many online free tutorials.

Paradox Challenge

I never really paid attention to Paradox because I thought it would be too rigid with all those straight lines, but now that I've played with it a bit, I think it's going to become a favorite, there is so much to explore, and it's a joy to draw. After playing with it a little while for the Shading Zentangle® Facebook group Paradox Challenge, I saw enormous potential for organic construction along with interesting shading.

This is a preliminary study:

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Some people see paradox as a pyramid, that is, the smaller area grows upward, but I couldn't help but seeing most of it as going inward.

This is the line art for the challenge tile:

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Other tangles in the tile are zinger (becoming a huge favorite) and pokeroot. As usual, I added my own personal challenge to the mix: I wanted to create as paradox as organic as possible, without any straight lines. I purposely curved and jiggled the lines, pulled and stretched to see how well it would hold. I'm super happy with it, looks like some sort of alien planet artifact!

This is the final picture:

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The piece was entirely shaded with gray copic markers, no pencils. Behind the main lineart, I added gray paradox lines using a gray copic fineliner. Find out more about my favorite shading supplies here.

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Finally, tones of blue green colored pencil were added using white pencil blending techniques described in my book 3DTangle Vibrant Color Shading.

 

One of my favorite things about shading with markers is that it's relatively fast compared to pencil shading. The draw back is that the shading is not that easy to blend and worse, it's hard to get into those little dark crevices with the fat marker nib. To really get into those crevices, I use a gray fineliner by Copic.

Here's a close up for you to inspect:

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This image is probably enlarged 3 to 4 times the size of the original tile, depending how you looking at it.

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Still on W2

The Verve Shading Challenge is going on since last Friday, but I still cannot let go of W2. After what seemed to be a rocky start, I think this is going to be one of my favorite tangles. See my entry for last week's W2 Shading Challenge here. I had in mind to try shading WITHOUT using graphite pencils, only grey markers and my new found love Copic 0.1mm GREY fineliners.

Here's the string for this tangle, created using 0.1mm black ink pen:

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Here is the full lineart, with some minor shading:

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You can see some Verve tangle creeping in on the sides, but I never really gave it proper attention.

I will probably do another proper one for Verve, from what I see, I KNOW that I'm going to fall in love with it!

Here is the final tile, with full shading!

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Tangles: W2, Verve, Fat paper, Narwal, Molecular Windfarm, rows of pearls and Zentwining.

I created this tile using absolutely no graphite pencil. The grey fineliners gave me the precision to really get into those crevices and corners for a dramatic and contrasting effect. I love it!

Black and grey ink and markers over Bristol smooth paper, 4.5 inch tile.

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Rectangular Frame for Square Tile

It's so difficult to find good square frames for small square tiles. I've been at loss trying to find fun frames for my tiles. Today I was at the store, so frustrated because I couldn't find anything I liked in square frames, other than the traditional art gallery black frame with white mat. "If only there were a way to frame the square tile in a rectangular frame, in a way that looked interesting", I thought.

Then it dawned on me: why not create mat that framed the square tile in a purposeful way, matching the tile?

Here's my first attempt, what do you think? The original tile is 4x4, and the frame fits a 5x7 picture.  

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I cut the mat out of Bristol smooth paper. The opening fits perfectly so that the tile can show through exactly the way I want it to. After cutting, I trimmed the opening with gold pen and inked tangles matching the ones in the tile.

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I'm super happy with it -- now I can use all those gorgeous frames for 5x7 pictures to frame my square tiles!

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Nymph on Ren

I wanted to give poor Nymph tangle a second chance to really be the focus for the Shading Zentangle Nymph Challenge, since my first attempt was hijacked by Crescent moon and 3D Opus (see it here). I started well...  then Zentwining and pearls tried to take over, but Nymph fought bravely:

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Look how fine those lines are!!! It's all because of my new toy, a magnifier with a lamp! Due to harsh cancer treatment and aging, my vision is not the same as it used to be, so drawing on the tiny 3.5inch tiles is sometimes a problem.

I LOVE my the new magnifier!!

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NymphGI02
NymphGI02

(I got this magnifier on Amazon, here's a link if you want to get one for yourself)

Back to Nymph.

Aside from using Nymph as a focus tangle, I had a personal challenge of shading WITHOUT using graphite pencil. That's why I used the Renaissance tile, it is tricky to use pencil and eraser because the paper is so delicate and gets ruined. Here's the first pass using Grey Copic markers for shading:

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The problem with markers is that even with a brush nib, the tips are FAT, and it's hard to get into those corners and crevices to get a really dramatic look.

In my attempt to solve this problem I discovered a new tool that I am ABSOLUTELY in love with: a GREY 0.1mm INK PEN.  The one I used is the Copic Multiliner 0.1mm that came in a bundle. It sounds so silly, but I have never used mine, I got them a while ago and they were just sitting there. The grey crosshatching provides just enough dark corners near the inked edges, without overpowering the edge like a black pen usually does.

Look Ma, dramatic shading in all the corners and crevices without using graphite pencils!

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Here's the final piece, complete with white highlights (white colored pencil and white gel pen):

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3.5 inch renaissance tile. Copyright 2015 Eni Oken.

Nymph Challenge

I have to confess, I was not entirely impressed with the tangle Nymph when I first ran across it. It wasn't until I saw the gorgeous work of Catarina Labuda on a Facebook group that I SAW the 3D potential of the tangle. I noticed how she added contour lines, which increase the fullness and roundness of each petal. I tested it myself in a very quick sketch, shaded with markers here:

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Now I'm ready for this, I thought! However, on the afternoon I sat down to create a FOCUS TILE with Nymph, a dear friend came to visit. While we chatted and chatted and created lovely drawings all afternoon, other patterns started to creep into the tile and totally took over the drawing:

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Crescent moon, Opus and Nymph.

Here is the tile halfway through:

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By the time I finished chatting and shading the tile, poor Nymph got overpowered by the other shading and by the vibrant rubies. Oh well, better luck next time!

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I guess I will just have to do another one exploring Nymph again!!!! :-)

Nymph, 3D Opus, Crescent Moon. Lineart inked with Copic fineliner. Shading with graphite pencils, 2H, H, HB, sepia inking pen, red inking pen, colored pencils, white colored pencil, white gel pen. Measures 4x4inches on white Bristol Smooth paper.

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