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Let's go Organic - Challenge #228

This week's challenge is to pick a tangle and let it grow organically.

I decided to revisit a drawing idea that I played with a while ago - I really enjoyed it at the time and this was the perfect challenge to have another go at it. The basic concept is to apply 3 rules to my drawing and work from there - it makes for some interesting contortions :)

So, this week, this is what organic looks like for me:


The drawing above partially shaded (right side)


Another one, this time without any petal detail (I prefer it with the detail)


The drawing above prior to shading


There's not much happening on the farm front - too cold and wet, though yesterday our first lamb for the season was born - adorable! I'll put up a photo of him soon (once I can bring myself to venture out of the house and away from the heater!)

hx

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  1. They are both great, but wow, that first one is spectacular! The petal detail and the rounding while leaving the white space is really nice.

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  2. Absolutely wonderful. Now that is organic :-)

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  3. All beautifully drawn as usual! Amazing the depth that the shading gives, I really must learn to shade properly and start including it in my drawings - need to check out your book me thinks!

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    1. Thanks, Lynne. Sometimes I find shading a bit boring - especially on a bit project (I'm more interested in the creative side of coming up with the drawing idea) - but I know the results are worth it and taking a before and after pic really hits home to me what a difference it makes, so I keep at it :)

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    2. I feel the same way about shading! It's like having to go over the same drawing twice...sooo boring. Pretty tangles though!

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  4. Once again Helen, your drawings are amazingly beautiful. I couldn't figure out why I liked the white hollows better than the black ones at first; then I became aware that you blackened them a little tiny bit around the edges making them appear deeper and more mysterious. Saweet! Oh, oh, oh - I don't envy you lambing in cold, wet weather.

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    1. Thank you!

      I prefer the first drawing with the white hollows also :) It feels a little more wild and free. lol.

      As to the lambing, luckily the ewes do most of the work - we've only got 3 girls and so far not had any problems (only our second year though), aside from one of our girls giving birth to triplets last year and having to bottle feed one of the lambs which was equally rewarding and frustrating (more work than a newborn baby!). h

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  5. I was wondering when you would post this one, Helen. After all, you are the queen of organic LOL! And, of course no one will be disappointed with this beautiful and charming creation. Ah, such talent!

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    1. Thank you, Jean :) It was a really enjoyable challenge for me.

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  6. Oh, I love your picture!
    It's so vivid! It seem to move when I look at it.

    Congratz on little baby lamb!

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  7. These are all beautiful, but the best part is seeing the before and after with shading. I confess to being very lax in adding shading. Partly because I'm lazy, and like it as it is (if I never shade how would I know?) and partly because I'm not always sure all the places shading should (or could) go. Love seeing what you do. Would love to see the lamb also!

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    1. Thanks, Denise. I find shading a bit tedious myself at times, but it is definitely worth it (in my opinion), so I persist. I never regretted adding it and like to take a before and after sometimes to remind myself of why :) I will definitely get a pic of the new little lamb up soon :) h

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  8. Lovely as always and I will love a photo of that little lamb, so .... you have to go outside and make it :-)

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    1. Thanks, Anne! The next fine morning when I'm out milking the cow I have promised myself I will get out the camera and take a pic of the new lamb......so soon.....I hope :) h

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  9. This is beautiful and really organic Helen! Always enjoy watching your artworks! I wonder where you start drawing and how you build up this one......maybe another video or did you this one in another tutorial or video?

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    1. Hi Miranda. Thank you :) I am hoping to get a video put together to show how I went about doing this one soon :) h

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  10. wow, what a great work... and i love your videos

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  11. this tiles are beautiful! And it is stunning to see how different they are when only details are changed!
    I love most the first one with the details inside. The shading is spectacular in both tiles!

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    1. Thanks, Simone :) The first one is my favourite version too :) h

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  12. Stunning tile. I life the flow of your tiles and the shading just sets things off so well. Love how this flows over the page. Cannot think of a better way to spent time on a cold winter day than staying in a tangling. Glad you did.

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    1. Thanks, Donald :) It's great to get my outside jobs done first thing in the morning then have the rest of the day with plenty of time to draw :)

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  13. Stunning! And so nice to see the before and after because it really does show beautifully just what a difference it makes! You have such a beautiful flow with the pen!

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  14. Dear Helen, your Tangle Drawings are so lively, lovely as well as educational when I study them in detail. To my hearts regret, I must unsubscribe from all the newsletters/blog posts. Business reasons require my undivided attention for some time. With heartfelt blessings to you and yours, Tracy McDonald

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