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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

Halloween Pokeroot

Halloween Pokeroot

So this could probably be described as a Poke-Nightmare. I was super happy with my recent discovery of MI2 tangle (see my Renaissance tile here), and decided to incorporate it into the Pokeroot challenge tile for this week. I always like to add a little challenge of my own, and I decided to create a piece where the light would be placed centrally, that is, radiating from the center onto all directions. Not exactly a mandala, but something close to that.

Here is the original line art with a bit of central shading on the MI2:

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Everything was going really well when suddenly -- DISASTER!!! I RUINED THE BACKGROUND! Oh no!!!!

Oh well, I wasn't going to go down easily, I decided to ink the background and add some white gel pen Munchin, inspired by the Diva's challenge #239:

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The final piece is here:

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The image measures 5x5 inches on Bristol Smooth paper, and was made using a variety of different media: inking pen, black and sepia, inking brush pen in black, white gel pen, 2H, H, HB and 6B pencils, white colored pencil, Copic grey markers.

Tangles used were: Pokeroot, Munchin, MI2, Zenith all mixed in with Zentwining.

My self-critique: it took too long and it was definitely NOT ZEN, and therefore I didn't take as much care with the smoothness and direction of the shading as I normally do. I was just tired of it, and wanted to get it done and over, so I used grey marker underglaze to speed things up. This comes with a price, the shading is not as nice as when done with graphite only. The positive side is that I learned quite a bit from it: inking park of a piece is a good solution when you mess up seriously!

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Nymph Challenge

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Renaissance MI2 tile

Renaissance MI2 tile