This week I've been playing with Aquafleur, a tangle pattern by Maria Thomas. Let me tell you, this is NOT an easy pattern, the shading is quite a challenge since the pattern is totally unpredictable. I got so engrossed in it, you'll see how it developed into a MONSTER:
1) Things started pretty simple:
I made a few versions, and I thought "this is fun and easy!" (boy was I mistaken).
2) Started to get complicated...
This is super fun, because the pattern is totally unpredictable, you cannot tell how the pattern is going to come out. Just let go and keep on drawing!
3) How about a shaded version?
Ok, not bad!!! And I used markers, which are a medium which I am not entirely comfortable with yet.
4) Let's get off the sketch book and go for something real...
Whoa, that is one HUGE monster aquafleur!!! Shaded with markers, the tile measures 5x5 inches.
5) Let's add more fun:
Did you see the little asterisk pretending to be the imaginary light? Still only shaded with copic markers. Pretty smooth.
6) Why stop there simple, let's add color!
Markers, colored pencils, gel pen. I should have stopped here, little did I know!
7) Ok, next!
This was the beginning of the end: green and I are not best friends.
8) But wait, that's not all! This is the final version:
Markers, colored pencils, over Bristol Smooth paper. Shading done with copic markers and pencil. Man, this looks like a MONSTER AQUAFLEUR!
My self critique: I really don't like green that much and the brown spheres are not much to my liking. I really could have done better with the color palette. Oh well, it was fun anyway!
If you want to learn how to shade Aquafleur, get my ebook:
Anyway, that's the story of the Monster Aquafleur...
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