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All Stars and Ellipse Tangle Pattern experimentation

Hello all! Hope you are having a fabulous weekend! A couple of interesting patterns came up in my FB feed this week - All Stars and Ellipse - a lot of fun and you should definitely track them down and have a go! Here are my results:

All Stars, by Tomas Padros. Digital (procreate) on a wonky grid. 
Ellipse, by Hennie Brouwer. Hand-drawn on a square tile using a wonky grid.  I scanned it before I added some black fill just in case I didn't like it! What do you prefer? I like the basic shaded version.


I took a fair bit of liberty with the steps and process and mostly went my own way. I have never liked drawing starting "seeds" - it never works out well for me :(

I love experimenting with patterns that overlap to create another shape ("seeds" in these examples) and some that come to mind are MI2, 8's Parte Dos, Knyt, Way Knot, etc, etc. This post prompted me to take a look back at some of my earlier drawings.

A real oldie here - MI2 on a sphere from 2012 - I think it was actually my first post on this blog. I love how the shading emphasizes the weave illusion. But, ah, the things I would do differently now :)


2013 - 8's Parte Dos. You have to look hard to find the seed shapes here.
2015 - Knyt
2018 - Way Knot
Have a great day!
hx

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  1. I don't know how you do it. You're a genius.

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    1. I wish I was Jo! I think I'm just persistent :) Thank you!!

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  2. Great Work! One of your sentences rings still in my ear: "I have never liked drawing starting "seeds" - it never works out well for me :("
    So, I asked myself how you might start with a pattern like All Stars? Do you start with the S-curvy line and set the next line in a way that reveals then the "seed"? Just curious, because I sometimes feel a bit impatient preparing all the seeds before I can go on.... And: when I set the seeds first, I limited the way my pattern can move.
    Thank you for your inspirations! Anya

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    1. Hi Anja! Great question. When I encounter a new pattern I rarely look at the step outs - and in the case of both of these there were no step outs available initially so I just reverse engineered them in a way that seemed logical to me. I try to see the most obvious shapes or repeats and go from there. Initially to figure out the sepatterns I set up dot grids then allowed the curved lines to create the seeds (as you suggested) - this way my seeds are not rigid and more naturally formed during the creation of the pattern rather than locking me in to a specific size and shape which can create very awkward lines and angles. Once I have a pattern figured out I will often just freehand it or set up random dots/grid to draw it in a more freeform way.

      Hope that makes sense.
      Helen

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  3. That's how I feel, too--if I set the seeds first, then I automatically limit my own imagination for where the pattern can go. Do you teach, in any of your books, how to go beyond the seeds, Helen? I often "mess up" the original pattern and just take off from what comes naturally, but my work isn't nearly as gorgeous as yours. One minor goal for this summer is to purchase at least two of your e-books so I can learn some of your techniques. In the meantime, I have to rely on my own brain, and that doesn't always come up with the best solutions :-)

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    1. Thank you :) I think the seeds are very limiting! When I started tangling I tried a few seed set ups and had such a disastrous result that I found ways to draw them freehand. With regard to books - I think Tangle Transformation would be the most helpful in this regard to you (it is actually my fave book, too :) and gives some ideas for taking tangles past the obvious straight grid.

      Have a great day!
      Helen

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  4. Great new pieces, but thanks also for showing your early MI2 piece - it's a great comfort to see that artists like you, who I really look up to, also started somewhere less accomplished than you are now.

    I'm strange about this sort of tangle - some I get on really well with, like MI2 - but others like Knyt and Way Knot are a recipe for disaster. I used to find that frustrating, but now I just realise it's like any other preference, not wrong, just personal.

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    1. Absolutely! We all evolve and refine our style - and get better!! All that practice and I definitely should have. I've always been a minimalist, but I think I am even more so now :)

      Some patterns are more difficult for me than others, too, and some I just don't like. I don't waste time on the ones I don't like and I usually try to find a way around drawing the difficult ones that I like that makes sense to me. Definitely horses for courses :) h

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