Zentangle Frog in Nature

Final Image:


Reference Photos:

Rough Drafts:

Reference photo for 1st Draft
1st Draft
1st Draft Final
2nd Draft

Process: For my concentration, my process was long and fun. Since my concentration focused on animals/pattern in nature, I decided to make an illusion/zentangle design of an animal that would be very detailed and difficult to spot, like camouflage. At first I was going to do a snake, until I decided that snakes are a common animal that someone would assume for me to do. Therefore I chose a frog, because not many people talk about frogs, plus it would be more detailed this way. My first step was to find a photo that I could reference off of, so I found one, and began a zentangle pattern that would hide the frog from public. i sketched out the image on some paper, then got markers and began my zentangle pattern in sharpie. Unfortunately, this idea was too simple, not organic enough, and was boring to the eye. It was lame because it was just black and white squares, not to mention it didn’t fit the design of the frog. In that way, I talked to Mrs. Johnson and she gave me advice of making it more organic, creative and “lively.” So I decided to do a second draft, this time I chose a different frog pose, one that revealed more of its body, and by applying more abstract designs I hoped it would look good. It didn’t, even though I didn’t complete it. I decided the pose for the frog was to general, and it needed to capture it with some leaves behind it, or like in a pose a photographer would catch. So I redid it once again, on a smaller sheet, with the right pose, and this time with more complicated and unique zentangle designs. For this process I youtubed thousands of zentangle designs and chose one for the background to make it look darker, and one for the frog to make the patterns stand out, and one for the leaf to fit the texture of it. After this I drew it with pencil, then sharpie, and I was finished.

Peer critiques:

SENSORY: Mrs. Johnson recommended that I add more organic elements to make the art piece look more alive and add more interest into the piece, because at first it looked too plain and dead. There was no juice.

FORMAL/TECHNICAL: Ms. Johnson recommended a smaller sheet of paper for the final image, so that it’d be easier to see, and so that it’d be easier on myself. Along with this Mrs. Johnson told me to make my zentangle more organic shapes rather than just squares, in that way the it would look more 3-d, original, and creative.

EXPRESSIVE: Cerri suggested that I show more variety of patterns to show that the frog is more alive than the background and the background is supposed to be dark.

-Elements and Principles of Design: Line and shape were used a lot in my piece, because line was in every single part of it, to make designs, create illusions, etc. Shape was incorporated by the different lines or small details that formed shape as an illusion to the eyes.



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