Zentangle and a Bolt of inspiration

“A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.”~Oscar Wilde, Irish writer

It appears that while I was on vacation, my scheduled blog posts did not post. It’s not like I was checking my site, or any website for that matter. I celebrated my 10th wedding anniversary in Disney, and I disconnected myself from voicemail and email and Facebook and Twitter…and it felt SO GOOD!

But now it’s back to the real world. I’ll space out these posts during the next few days.

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My husband’s Bolt

Still, memories swirl in delight. One of the best activities we participated in was Animation Academy at Hollywood Studios. You enter a room set up classroom style. At the front, there was an artist with an easel and camera projector. We were going to learn how to draw a cartoon character. Ryan asked people who had been here before and what they had drawn. In the end, my group settled on Bolt the dog from the 2008 movie Bolt.

This reminded me so much of a Zentangle class.

Ryan started us off by drawing a circle about the size of a baseball. We lightly intersected that circle and drew an initial plan of where Bolt’s neck and nose might go. “Might” is the key; this was just a placeholder that could be changed later. Smaller circles for eyes. Triangle for ears. Little by little we built out from that, every time trusting our pencil strokes more.

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My Bolt

Then it was time to commit. Make the snout lines darker. Define the ears. Keep in mind there are no sharp edges, so keep everything rounded. Add some zigzags to suggest fur. There is nothing wrong with your drawing; it won’t look like the instructor’s. Move the eyes if you don’t like the way they sit on Bolt’s face. Draw an “S” then a backwards “S” to create the length of neck. Make a curve to create a smile, and a half-circle curve underneath to suggest the chin. Sketch lightly, then define with dark definitive lines. And then…the scary part…commit to the completion.

Darken in the nose, then darken in the eyes, but leave a little sparkle oval in them to suggest light and Bolt looking in a direction. Sign your artwork and you’re done.

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Diva Duo #141: Fengle in a Quandry

I could have sat in that 20-minute guided class drawing characters all day

I thanked the artist afterwards, telling him his class reminded me of my Zentangle classes. Ryan had never heard of Zentangle, but he explained that he was self-taught. He had been working in another Disney department when he was unexpectedly thrust into this position. He had to break down the characters into basic shapes, learn how to draw them and then learn how to guide others to draw in his style but not his way.

My husband and I floated out of the room. He wanted to learn more and searched the gift shop for books. Me, I was reminded of the joy of taking a Zentangle class. We got a set of how-to books and identical sketchbooks to bring the fun home with us.

It’s with that dreamy memory on my mind that I create this week’s Diva Zentangle Challenge #141: a Fengle/Quandary duotangle.

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0 Responses to Zentangle and a Bolt of inspiration

  1. Love all your variations of fengle!

  2. NancyD says:

    Very cool stroy and tangle. NancyD

  3. Annemarie says:

    I like your tile a lot. The dogs are great!

  4. LonettA says:

    Wonderful variations of Fengle! Nicely done!

  5. Holly says:

    I so enjoyed reading about your character drawing class! How fun! I also loved seeing all the tangleations you used in your art. Great!

  6. dwhirsch says:

    I can hardly wait five years for the next trip and drawing class! Bolt was fun. Thanks everyone for you comments!

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