Review - Zentangle Inspired Art In Procreate

Review - Zentangle Inspired Art In Procreate
In this Skillshare course entitled Zentangle Inspired Art In Procreate, Tracy Anne Wilkinson teaches her technique for Zentangling on the iPad with Procreate. She teaches her digital version of the traditional Zentangle method, by demonstrating how to draw eight Zentangle patterns. The final project is to combine these patterns into your own Zentangle design. She begins with a short history of the Zentangle drawing method and follows with a tour of Procreate on the iPad and the Apple Pencil.

Wilkinson starts by introducing the Border and String technique for beginning a design on a 3.5 square canvas. She shows how to set up the digital brush tool for this basic drawing. Next she demonstrates how to add four corner dots and connect them to draw the border on the tile. With that, she is ready to freehand draw a string, or continuous line, inside the border. With these basic techniques demonstrated, she is ready for the first Zentangle pattern.

The first pattern that Wilkinson demonstrates is the Bunzo. For this pattern, she uses the autofill feature in Procreate to easily fill in the closed shapes. When she demonstrates the second pattern, the Mooka pattern, she discusses how to draw a shape behind another shape. The third pattern or tangle is the Shattuck. With this pattern she demonstrates how to draw a mirror image of a pattern.

For the Flux and Pokeroot patterns, Wilkinson begins by drawing the leaves and then adds the Pokeroot flower. With this pattern, she demonstrates how to use one of the editing tools in Procreate to adjust the flower drawing. For the Fescu pattern, she draws several lines of, as she calls them, curly grass and fills in the bottom area with small circles called the Tipple pattern. The Hollibaugh pattern is created from a set of parallel lines that overlap. This is a great choice for the next lesson on shading.

When Wilkinson introduces shading, her designs, or patterns, really come to life. She draws a line with a soft brush and then uses the smudge and opacity tools to create the shading.

The last lesson is a speed drawing of her complete pattern design. Once you watch this, you are ready to put these eight patterns together in to your own Zentangle design.

Tracy Wilkinson was a primary school teacher for over 30 years. She is also a certified Zentangle teacher and now enjoys sharing her knowledge on Skillshare and on her YouTube channel.

Zentangle Inspired Art In Procreate by Tracy Anne Wilkinson (affiliate link)

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