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ribbon ring

It's been cold here - frost for the last 4 or 5 mornings. It takes a bit of motivation to get up and milk the cow, I can tell you!

I sketched this one up last night and finished it up today - a LOT of shading work - which always kills my neck/back. Being short-sighted, I find it easier to do detail work without my glasses and subconsciously move closer and closer until I'm hunched over, about 5cm away from the page! So, I was very, very glad when I was ready to declare it complete!

Neutral shading tones for this one. The ribbons are double-sided, so the pattern changes back and forth as they twist.


Here's a progression of linework/(some) shading/final product:


Hope you're having a fabulous weekend - I think I have worn myself out drawing over the past few days.

hx

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  1. Oh WOW, this is wonderful! You have tremendous patience, along with your talent, to complete such an intricate piece. Beautiful!

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  2. Such a fine linework land amazing shading. Chapeau!!! We are waiting for summer over here in the netherlands, top much train land coldness in the spring.

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  3. Love - love this piece - and I appreciate that you took the pictures of the work in progress!

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  4. I am new to Zentangle and I absolutely love this design, but how do you go about drawing the ribbons in the first place!!

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    1. Hi Carol, thank you! Most of my drawings are ZIA's (zentangle inspired artwork), so I don't follow the rules for drawing in the zentangle method. This design was drafted up in pencil first, then inked in before filling with shading & patterns.
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  5. Your work is phenomenal. I've been subscribing to your blog for several months now and have been so inspired. I immediately grabbed some paper and tried out some ribbons when I saw this one.

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    1. Thanks, Cyndi! Hope you had fun playing with ribbons - I love them :)

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  6. Ok, I am SO glad that I am not the one that prefers to work without glasses. My vision cannot be corrected enough for me to see details well with glasses so I do the same that you do.

    Your work is lovely, just astoundingly lovely.

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  7. I JUST LOVE the way you draw ribbons. And thank you the "progression of linework" picture. Best regards Tine from Denmark

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  8. Wow as ever Helen this is fantastic, so much work has gone into this and it was worth it.

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  9. Helen ,I love this and would love to try and draw some ribbons if its OK with you. There is something so fun in this. Did you use a micron or what type of pen and did you use an HB or softer pencil ? What size is it? It looks very big. No wonder you were killing yourself by the time you got it done lol. :-) It is just beautiful. You are an expert on shading and hand control. Thank you for the blog and your post on FB, Lynne :-)

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    1. Hi Lynne :) Thanks!

      You should definitely give them a go - ribbons are a lot of fun to draw :) I used a micron 01 for most of it with an 005 for some of the more detailed patterns. I work in A4 art journals - this one takes up most of the page length.

      Have fun :)
      hx

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  10. I really love your work Helen. I discovered "tangling" at the beginning of 2012, thanks to a friend. I can't live without it now, your ZIA is so elegant..........I see you are in the Yarra Valley, I used to live at Montrose years ago, then went 'home' to Adelaide and now I am in Townsville and tangling!

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    1. Thank you, Sue! Montrose is a beautiful area - about 30 minutes closer in to the city than we are. After spending a year in Singapore, I don't think I could live in Townsville, though I hope to visit someday! hx

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    2. When you do, do it in the winter! AND contact me..... I and my friend Rae who also loves your work, would love to have coffee and meet you ! x@ (The @ is 'grandson-speak' for a "hug".... because it wraps around you!)

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