6.09.2015

Narwal Tangle

Since I've pretty much had my head buried in the sand in regard to tangle-related stuff, I missed seeing the tangle pattern Narwal by Sam Taylor. I heard about it on Donald's blog and once I checked it out, of course I had to have a play. The pattern reminds me of a twisted rope using stacked "s" strokes - I've done drawings using this technique before - you can see one in this post - so I went with a similar approach to keep it more freeform and didn't use the pencil guidelines at the beginning which allows the pattern to go where you want it to.

First attempt - it's definitely a fun one to shade.

narwal tangle pattern greyscale

Next one......getting a little more interesting.

narwal tangle pattern black and white

No. 3 - shades of green (with a little blue and yellow thrown in) - I'm generally not a big colour person, but I actually love this design with it.

narwal tangle pattern shades of green

If you want to see my approach, here's a quick video of me drawing the first example.



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17 comments:

  1. Thank you for illustrating the steps for Narwal with the little video; I don't think I could have figured it out without it. Nicely done, and your shading is, as usual, terrific. Your colored tile is really cool. Again, thank you for sharing and inspiring!

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  2. So much fun. Thanks for sharing your take on this neat pattern.

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  3. Jim Gage, SwedenJune 10, 2015 at 2:52 AM

    When I watched the video I was taken with the tempo and attention to each line, very Zen. Then you flashed the finished, shaded design and it just blew me away! How cool! Gotta try this. Thanks, Helen!

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  4. OMGoodness Helen! This random Narwal looks so much more fun and inviting. I did struggle a while w/the original Youtube from Sam Taylor. Gotta try this way now!!! All 3 of yours are totally awesome!!!
    TFS

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  5. Also meant to say, do you draw w/your paper directly in front of you? It looks that way on video. Is it hard if you do?

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    1. I'm working on a flat surface on my drafting table at about chest height - also with my hand at a bit of an angle so that it's not blocking the view. It's a bit awkward, but the best set up for the camera. I usually have my work surface a bit lower.

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  6. You a star Helen! I am off to play.

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  7. Great pattern, would love to give this a try too! Thanks for sharing your great art! Miranda

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  9. Lovely! You make it look so easy to render a perfect pen stroke. Much practice, I'm sure. Thanks for sharing the video--very helpful.

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  10. of course i want to see your approach :) i love the colored one, but the you should already know i'd love the colored one! beautiful work, helen :)

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  11. Helen-thank you so much for your tutorial. I watched another tutorial on YouTube but got kind of lost and confused. Your directions were great. That you so much. Your talent is endless! Nancy

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  12. Isn't this fun! Narwhal is exactly the tangle I've been playing with this past week, too. I love how twisted it is. It can look like a T-shirt, being wrung out by hand, or a tornado touching down, or as you said, a twist of rope. Such a cool pattern. You've done well by it, of course. Nice work!

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  13. Thanks, Helen. This is a pretty exciting tangle to play with. I really like your approach of just building as you go and not putting down the pencil line "funnel" as a guide. Looks easy when you do it.....I'll give it a whirl. I couldn't find a good step out guide to this so would have been lost without your video.

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  14. Wow Helen, you make it look so easy! I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing your wonderful technique!
    Barb B, CZT

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  15. ❤️ Your post and video, Helen! Looking forward to playing with your version!

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  16. I haved loved this pattern since Sam published, but it's one of those I just can't get happy about the final product I produce. I am looking forward to trying your technique. S strokes for a tole painter are second nature. Looking for a better looking drawn pattern in the future. Thanks for sharing!!!!!

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