Doodle Plus in Nice, France

My beloved and I are celebrating 5 years together, so we are on a lovely trip in the Mediterranean. Here's a drawing I completed this afternoon, very leisurely, based on my latest lesson Doodle Plus. The background was stunning, we were both relaxing facing the gorgeous French Riviera near Nice. Here's the view from my window:

I started the picture very leisurely during the plane trip, using a fountain pen to create some bold starter elements in my tiny 3.5x5.5 inch Leuchtturm1917 journal. As you can see, the original journal has dotted cream color pages, but it didn't make a difference in the final result, you can't see the dots.

I've experimented with a lot of different journals, and this is currently my favorite: not only the pages do not bleed with most media (not Copics, though), the journal opens flat, has a rubber band to close and has a hard cover, making it easy to hold while standing.

Here is an intermediate picture, showing the radical difference between the hatched portion and the simple line-art. Hatching is the super secret sauce of that I explain in my lesson Doodle Plus, and obviously this technique can also be used in Zentangle drawings.

Here is a little progression of the piece, you can share this image to pin on to your Pinterest boards:

And here is the final picture that I finished during the afternoon facing the gorgeous view, complete with hatching and shading. I love how the hatching really adds to the intricacy of the piece!

Here you can see a close-up of the final picture. You can see how I added a TINY bit of Sanguine colored pencil to tint the picture very lightly. The cream colored journal was just asking for it! Additionally, the fountain pen that I used to create the main elements had a bit of leftover red ink it, so the lines appear to be slightly more brown than black.

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