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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

Nymph Challenge

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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Nymph on Ren

Nymph on Ren

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