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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

Narwal Shading

Narwal Shading

Learn to create great shading on Zentangle® • enioken.com

Learn to create great shading on Zentangle® • enioken.com

Learn to create great shading on Zentangle® • enioken.com

Learn to create great shading on Zentangle® • enioken.com

This lovely swirly tangle is called Narwal, named and deconstructed by Sam Taylor. I just loved the way it looks so dimensional, even when you just have the line art.

This is the line art for the shaded picture above. I usually draw the line art using Micron Sakura pens over Bristol smooth paper. The original measures about 7 inches square.

Learn to create great shading on Zentangle® • enioken.com

Learn to create great shading on Zentangle® • enioken.com

These two studies were made for the ebook. The Narwal is essentially a cone, however, it can be straight or wavy.

Learn to create great shading on Zentangle® • enioken.com

Learn to create great shading on Zentangle® • enioken.com

This picture shows the beginning of the composition. I like to shade the foreground objects first and move to the background.

Learn to create great shading on Zentangle® • enioken.com

Learn to create great shading on Zentangle® • enioken.com

This incomplete study shows a closeup. Notice what a difference it makes to have the shaded pearls versus the non-shaded pearls.

Learn to create great shading on Zentangle® • enioken.com

Learn to create great shading on Zentangle® • enioken.com

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Fantasy Typography

Fantasy Typography