Zentangle hair

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I’ve been finding lately that zentangle hair is easy to draw and adds a nice effect to my doodles and drawings.

Doodling and drawing used to be my favorite pastime when I was a child. I remember that I even took drawing and painting lessons. However, for some reason or other, I stopped making art as I was growing up.

Luckily, I rediscovered my passion for drawing a few years ago. Since then, drawing and doodling have become more than a pastime.

A new challenge

When I designed “Naked Mane”, which is the name that I chose for this drawing, I was feeling very ambitious. But most of all, I was feeling quite nostalgic. I used to be quite good at drawing realistic pictures and I wanted to prove myself that I still could. There was a time when I was almost obsessed with realistic drawing. So much that I would beg my friends to pose for me (sometimes for hours!) so I could practice.

Zentangle hair inspiration

What inspired me to draw “Naked Mane” was my fascination with femininity and all things female. The female body is full of harmony, in my opinion, and it radiates beauty. So I challenged myself to draw a realistic female figure. At the same time, I wanted to incorporate some zentangle patterns. Like in “GirlStar”, I thought that using zentangles to draw the hair would provide an interesting effect. In fact, I am quite pleased with the contrast. In my opinion, I achieved a nice balance between the realism found in the body and the doodle nature of the hair and the face. And that would be my next challenge: re-learning to draw realistic facial features.

Drawing supplies

I created “Naked Mane” using my beloved Pigma pens, which turn out to be fantastic for drawing zentangle hair. I also used a soft pencil for shading, and a medium pencil to emphasize some lines. Instead of using regular sketching or drawing paper, I opted for pink construction paper.

As you know by now if you’ve been following my posts, I LOVE recycling. One of my personal challenges is to reduce my carbon footprint, so I try to recycle, upcycle, and repurpose as much as I can. And since I had this piece of construction paper left from some other project, I thought it would be a good idea to reuse it for my little zentangle hair experiment.