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I'm Eni Oken, artist and author of hundreds of articles, tutorials and books in print and online. For over 30 years I've explored art, color theory, fantasy and ornamental design.

Certified Zentangle® Teacher

Certified Zentangle® Teacher

Adente & friends in color

Continuing my color studies, here is a tile featuring tangle Adente, Narwal, Tri-roda, Aquafleur and something I don't know the name. (If you do, let me know). The line art is a few months old, and you can already tell the difference between the work I was doing then and the work I'm doing now, especially around the aquafleur which I still had not entirely mastered and is disguised behind the others. Still, I wanted to finish it because the shapes are bold and there is a lot of room for coloring.

The picture started with a marker underwash:

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I used some really inexpensive markers I had sitting around:

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On top of those markers, I added colored pencils and white gel pen for details:

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The final picture is 5x5 inches, on Bristol Vellum paper:

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I'm happy with the results, however, since the line-art is a bit older, when compared to the detailed shading that I normally do in black and white this seems a little infantile.  When you are working in vibrant color it really pays off to draw large surfaces: you have more room to work the shading properly with darks, mediums and highlights.

 


 

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