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Challenge - 8's parte dos

A "use my tangle" diva challenge this week - 8's parte dos. Pretty.

Alright, confession time........ I'm actually a little scared of complicated dot grids - my dots go all over the place, I lose track of what I'm doing, etc, etc.......so, to be honest, I did not even attempt to draw this pattern using the instructions. Once I saw all those dots I had horrible flashbacks to my first attempts at Mi2 and promptly hid in my closet. It took John 2 days to coax me back out. I kid you not. O.k., yes, I am kidding. It was only 1 day.

Because I love the look of these patterns, and still want to draw them well, I like find ways that work for me and suit the loose, flowing drawing style that I (mostly) prefer to do. My approach is to look at the pattern as a "whole", break it down into shapes and once I understand how those shapes work together, I  just draw it out from there. 8's parte dos initially pared back to x's and +'s for me, and keeping these shapes in mind meant I could keep track of what I was doing. This probably doesn't make a lot of sense, but it works for me.

Here's what I came up with:


This one is a little looser and my favourite of the two.


hx

Comments

  1. I think it is fascinating how each of our brain's work! You have really done a great job of sharing your interpretation...and it is beautiful! Interesting post!

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  2. I love your drawings "" loose "" as you say, the eye is not distracted by too many things! always so beautiful!
    I prefer the first on this page!
    I find them very contemporaries, I love it!

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  3. It's beautiful ! I love the shape of the 1st one and the contrasts.

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  4. I absolutely love your work and look forward to seeing each new piece. Thank you for sharing it!

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  5. Your work is sublime. Might you be showing the step outs or video of this tanglelation?

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  6. You, girl, are a GENIUS.
    The end.

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  7. It is always so much fun to see your work. I love the high contrast of the first onealong with the way the ends extend. Your second is just so wonderfully airy. Beautiful works!

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  8. Enjoy that your mind works in different ways. What you come up with is always so creative and beautiful. You use what works for you.

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  9. I come here to your blog specifically because I am SUCH a "grid" girl who had no experience doodling a curve that looked like a curve. Watching you and your work is teaching my brain to see things in a more shape-based framework. And honestly that evolution is brain neuro-synapse knitting at its best! Thank you for making your work and your process available to us all!

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  10. Both are absolutely gorgeous!!

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  11. As usual, your work just blows me away. Each one of these is beautiful in its own way. It's hard to pick one over the other.

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  12. I love that you changed it up this way! I really love the second one - gorgeous!

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  13. Helen, your style works wonderfully so keep doing what works for you!! love love love!

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  14. Helen, I am just WOWed by your work!!! My fave is the first one!!! Something about it just so eye-catching!!! The second one is beautiful too!! And I do understand what you are talking about with the dots. Now I just need to try it the way you looked at it.....? Thank you for sharing!!!! Love it!!!! :0) Peace be yours

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  15. helen, i admire the way your brain works. i wish it was something that could be taught. once you explained x's and +'s - then i could see it. i love your flowing lines- your work is beautiful :)

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  16. I relish the opportunity to come and see your graceful and inspiring art style. You always give the patterns your unique stamp of beauty!

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  17. You always surprise me with the most fabulous creations.
    This is breathtaking !

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  18. Absolutely wonderful! Both are beautiful, but I love swirly, flowing lines, so the second is my favorite as well. I agree with Alice, I wish you could teach your technique.

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  19. You always do such beautiful work. Thanks for playing with my tangle.

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  20. Just wow!! your take is so out of the box!! always!!

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  21. Oh Helen I love them both, for very different reasons. Your work is the most stunning of all I admire. I love your swirls I could only hope to achieve it in my work.
    Thanks for all your inspirations! Hugs, Sheila

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  22. wow, I'm in love with the bottom one. bravo

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  23. Just stunning, so love your style. Bet the inside of your cupboard is filled with amazing sketches - well you would have to take a pen in there with you.

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  24. Both gorgeous as usual, I really love the first one

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  25. Helen, I love all your work. Just learning to do tangles myself and your's are so soft in color. What kind of grey markers or pens are you using? I can't seem to find anything in that color.

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    1. Hi, Ollie. Thanks :) I use Letraset tria markers - the come in cool, warm, neutral and ice grey each "colour" has 10 markers making it easy to do graduated shading. Unfortunately, Letraset have phased out the refills for these markers, so when I am done with my current batch I'll be looking for an alternative - possibly copics.

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  26. You are SUCH an artist, Helen. These are totally stunning - particularly the first one which I like best! So glad I found your blog via Pinterest.

    Shoshi

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