Thursday, March 15, 2018

Sharpie Tangle Bookmarks - Cutting My Art

This freeform tangle I created with Sharpie and Bic Markers is a very popular video on my channel with over 500,000 views. It's one of my favorite tangles that I've done. It took maybe 2 or 3 hours to draw. I like this one a lot because I didn't overthink this drawing at all. I put colors together that probably shouldn't go together. I didn't think about shading or creating depth. Honestly it was a very simple and free tangle.

What's funny about this video is that I did cut this drawing into some bookmarks and the comments really reflected horror in me doing this. I am not one to become attached to my drawings and I knew this one was going to be cut up when I started it. Although I did like the final look of the drawing, I didn't feel upset when I cut it up for bookmarks.

There's only a few drawings that I feel any kind of emotional attachment to. My daughter asked me one time how I would feel if my drawings all caught fire or were stolen and I told her I would be grateful I no longer had to find a place to store them all. I draw because I like to draw. I don't really care about the end result which is why I sell, abandon or give away a lot of my original art. I still have several boxes of original artwork that I keep in my closet. With 4 books and 500 videos, that's a lot of art! So, cutting them up and re-purposing them is not a big deal to me.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Pretty Purple Mandala - Derwent Pencils

This mandala is actually a Zendala and was created using my Staedtler compass with a black Sharpie and my Derwent Coloursoft pencils. The colored pencils were a recent purchase and I was looking for a way to experiment with them a little bit. These are my favorite colored pencils I've ever worked with. They blend nicely and have a really good coverage unlike some less expensive colored pencils. Sometimes I think paying a lot for art supplies isn't really necessary but when it comes to colored pencils, I really recommend investing in a set that is going to be a little pricier.

Now that I've worked with these pencils for over 3 years now, I have found other techniques with these pencils that yield better results than what you will see in this video. For example using a blending marker will help the pencils blend together flawlessly.

This Zendala is one I am very happy with. There's a red and orange mandala that was very similar to this purple one that I didn't record the drawing. Here is a photo of that mandala and the video of the purple one.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Zendalas and Filming Time

Once I started learning how to mandalas, I had a goal of figuring out how to incorporate patterns within the Mandalas. The result is a product called Zendala. I had done a few of these Zendalas before but while I was sick one day, I wanted to work on a piece that was a little more intricate and technical. I decided to fill a page with these Zendalas that are both overlapping and intersecting.

This video is different as it's just a series of scanned images instead of a timelapse drawing. Being sick at the time, I didn't want to draw at my desk so I just sat on the couch huddled under my blanket and scanning the progress of the drawing every hour until it was finished. I don't like this way of filming but it is convenient when I want to draw and upload a video but I'm not feeling well enough to sit at my desk for hours.

When I talk about how long it takes to draw a piece, you can usually double that time for how long I am actually sitting at my desk. This has a lot to do with the fact that I have ADD and it's very difficult for me to focus on a project for an extended period of time when I'm not on medication.

This type of Zendala project is one I've done a few times but it does take a long time so it's not something I do very often. Watching this video again has made me want to try doing another project like this sometime soon.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Inspirational Quote Tangle

I love this tangle. It was the first time I decided to use an inspirational quote within the drawing. It's quite a basic drawing but it was the start of something new for me. I also blended Sharpie and Bic markers which was a process I was continuing to perfect.

This drawing and coloring piece took a few hours to complete. Most of the time was spent on coloring the tangles. The look of the completed piece was very close to what I imagined in the beginning which was unusual for me at the time.

I've done a few more quote tangles and quote doodles over the years, and every time I do one I like to try something different. I am still in the process of figuring out how to make this type of tangle be my own unique style but I'm loving the process.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Zentangle of Walter White

Breaking Bad is one of my most favorite shows of all time. I started watching this show on Netflix after all of the seasons were released. That's what a prefer to do with any show I watch. I'm a pretty impatient person so when all the seasons are released, I can binge watch the whole show.

Anyway, I was looking through some Google images of the show and I found a simple outline of Walter White's face that I was sure I could recreate. I wasn't planning on making it a tangle of Walter White but once I started drawing the face, I thought it would make a good base for a tangle.

It took a couple of hours to finish this drawing but I am quite happy with the way it turned out. As usual, there are a couple things I would change if I were to draw this now, but there's not enough I would change to make me actually re-draw it.

This was a fun process to try out and it's something I might do again, but for now I'll let Walter White be my one Fan based drawing on my channel.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

How I Blend My Sharpies

Blending Sharpie markers without any type of alcohol is a technique I figured out on my own. I remember looking at videos showing Copic blending and at some point I realized that Copic markers and Sharpie markers are both alcohol markers. So I wondered if I could create the same effect with my Sharpies.

It took some time, and I'll admit it was a frustrating process until I figured it out, but once I figured out how to blend Sharpies I had a whole new way of coloring my tangles and doodles. It was probably one of the most exciting times in my entire drawing career.

So why didn't I just buy Copic or PrismaColor markers? Well, they are expensive! I knew that I liked the way the blending looked, but what I couldn't get over was the cost of these markers. Back in 2013 there weren't as many inexpensive options for alcohol markers. I also knew that this type of coloring wasn't something I was going to use in every piece of art I create so investing in expensive markers wasn't something I was interested in.

Since this drawing, I do have a set of inexpensive alcohol markers and more than a handful of Copic and PrismaColor markers. Although I do like these markers, and the blending process is much easier than with Sharpies, I find myself using the Sharpie method more often than not. In my opinion, Sharpies have a much bolder look than other alcohol markers and I like the bold look.

Two tips I have for blending Sharpie markers is that the markers need to be new or close to it. Using a dry marker makes it difficult or impossible to blend. The next tip I have is to work in small sections without allowing the layers to dry. Allowing the layers to dry, makes it very difficult to blend the Sharpie. It will take some practice so keep trying and don't give up!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

5 Hour Zentangle-Developing My Style

This tangle is really when I started developing my Freeform Tangle style. That is, using the patterns without the separation of a "string" that the Zentangle method depends on. I had done a few before this drawing but I believe this was the first time I spent a significant amount of time letting different patterns overlap each other.

I really enjoyed the process of drawing this tangle. I could really see my art developing into something I could count as my own. I was still in the process of figuring it out but this was the beginning of being on the right track. Eventually I added shading and different sized patterns for more dimension, and color for more interest.

Something I say quite a lot is that even if you use a technique that has previously been developed, find a way to make your art distinguishable from others creating the same type of art. To mimic another's art is a good way to get started in a new field of the world of art. However, if you continue to mimic, it will be really difficult to develop your own style. It may take awhile to figure out your own style, but keep trying and you will figure it out.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Zentangle on Patterned Scrapbook Paper

Let me start off by saying that I really love this drawing. It was a lot of fun to do. I think part of the reason it was so fun is that the pattern on the scrapbook paper took the pressure off to create a completely original drawing. Using a page like scrapbook paper or coloring pages to have portions already blocked off for patterns is a great way to practice new patterns.

There's a lot of ways to practice new patterns and using scrapbook paper or coloring pages is one way. I like to use this method after I've figured out the basics of different patterns and I'm ready to see new patterns together. This is a great way of discovering what patterns work well together and what patterns should be separate on a page.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Mandala Flower and Vines

Wow, I am not 100% sure what to say about this drawing. I am very surprised at the popularity of this video. It was a very simple drawing that only took a little over an hour to draw.

The design was inspired from a Google image search. I cannot find the original image although I've looked several times. I was hoping to show how you can use images as inspiration without completely copying the image.

I do like the way the final image looks. This was one of the first mandalas I drew that wasn't using a compass. I sort of let the mandala grow naturally and eye-balled the divisions of the mandala. I must admit that I didn't put as much effort into this drawing as I have for others. This is one of the reasons I am so surprised that the video has over 200,000 views.

When I look at some of my most viewed videos/drawings, I've noticed that a lot of them are ones that I didn't overthink and over-plan. Sometimes just letting things be a little simple and not trying to hard is what people are looking for. I think this is because it lets people know that it's something that they can do if they put their mind to. Simple drawings aren't as intimidating the way more detailed drawings can be. That's just me guessing at the popularity, but I can't say for sure.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Zentangled Mandala - Pushing Through Mistakes

This little mandala didn't turn out the way that I was expecting. The solid black lines were not supposed to be solid black lines. You can see that by the way that I started off the drawing. As I was going over the penciled lines with my pen, I made a mistake which caused me to have to make the lines solid. I remember being really disappointed by having to change this vision of what I was planning.

When I make mistakes like this, I tend to start over again, but this time I decided to keep going. I will say that the disappointment did cause me to choose more simple patterns than what I was planning. Apparently when I make a mistake, I let it effect me a little more than I should.

Over the years, I have learned to work around the mistakes that I make in a drawing, but I must admit that there's still a part of me that gets annoyed by my own mistakes. What's funny about that is most of the time, no one other than myself would even know that a mistake was made.

This is something that I try to impress upon my students. Even when you think there's a mistake beyond repair, keep going. There's a great possibility that the mistake will not be noticeable once you finish the piece.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Black and Red Zentangle

For this tangle, I was really looking forward to using this new ribbon technique that I taught myself. I like the way the ribbons turned out, I just wish that the patterns looked a little more polished, but I keep reminding myself that I was still learning new patterns at this stage of my channel. I practiced the ribbons over and over again, but only practiced that patterns a handful of times.

One thing I like about this drawing is the way the shading looks. It was something I was still trying to perfect at the time and I think it looks really nice. I can't remember exactly how long this drawing took to complete but what I do know is that the shading took longer than it would now. I guess the more you practice something, the easier it is to accomplish and the less time it will take to create.

This tangle is one that I plan on trying again soon with my own patterns, maybe with different colored ribbons.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January Tutorial Challenge & Playlist

Welcome to a new monthly series I'll be doing throughout 2018. In the beginning of each month, I will be posting a playlist with the tutorial videos for that month. I encourage you to try these patterns out and create your own drawing for the end of the month. If you follow along and create a final piece, I would love to see it! If you follow me on Instagram  tag me in your photos so I can see what you've created. It will take me a couple months to figure the best way to upload these little tutorials but for January, I've decided to release all of the tutorials at once in a playlist. HAVE FUN!

Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 - A Whole New Year

I am not perfect and 2017 really proved that to everyone who follows my YouTube, FaceBook, Blog, Books or anything else in my art world. I kind of disappeared without explanation to anyone. My brother has asked me numerous times when I am going to post another video and I haven't even explained things to him.

I wasn't sure what I was going to do with my art. I was continuing to draw while not on camera because I love it, but I was frustrated with my "professional" side of art. There were things that happened that were beyond my control that made my earnings drop severely. The money I made with YouTube and my books with my publisher were severely cut. It was disheartening to put over 40 hours a week into art and not receiving a check some months.

There was something in my personal life too that was causing a big barrier in me creating videos. I've never discussed this publicly but I suffer from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). I was on medication for awhile but because of insurance and the cost of my medication I was not on meds for longer than I should have been. What happens when I am not on medication is that it's very difficult for me to complete tasks, I become easily distracted and frustrated, and tasks that should take an hour take several hours.

As much as I would love to get into what it feels like for me to draw with ADD, not on meds, and having distractions like my earnings dropping, I can't really describe it without sounding like I'm whining but I'm going to try. The best way I can really describe it is like this. Imagine you have the best job ever and even though you're not getting rich by any stretch of the imagination, you're able to pay your bills and have a little left over to save. Then one day you're told, "hey, you still need to work 40-60 hours a week doing what you've been doing, but you now get paid 50% less than what you had been earning. If you decide not to put the hours in, we'll drop your pay by another 15-20%." Even though you might love your job, it suddenly feels like being forced out of a job you love because you can no longer pay your bills.

Anyway, while I've been off camera, I've been really thinking about what I want to do with YouTube and everything else. I seriously considered just letting everything go. It was a depressing thought but the thought of continuing to try only to continue to fail was more depressing.

Now that I am back on my ADD medication, I am able to fully think things through and analyze things until I reach a conclusion. I had to go back to the beginning and think about why I started recording my drawings to begin with. It was never to make money or to get recognized. I knew from the beginning that I was never going to be rich from my videos. I started recording my drawings because it was fun and I wanted people to learn the art I was growing to love. As my channel grew, I have loved communicating through the comments section and through Facebook and other social media. That aspect has never gone away no matter how frustrating the behind the scenes stuff got.

This made me realize that I really do want to keep going with my art on social media no matter what that means. I've spent the last part of 2017 working on a schedule that will keep me on track with my posts. I'm not saying I won't get frustrated again but I do know that I am going to keep going. I hope you all understand and will stay with me as I transition into this new schedule.

I can't promise that I will be perfect with my new schedule. I wish I could. What I can promise is that I'm not going to disappear for months again. 2018 is a whole new year and I plan on making this the best year yet.

Friday, November 24, 2017

This Blog's Future

I haven't posted on this blog in quite a long time. I've been wondering if I should shut it down all together. I've been thinking about a lot of things lately.  I don't have a ton of views on this blog, but I also haven't updated it in quite some time so that's my fault.

So, I've been working hard to restart this blog. I have several posts scheduled for 2018. So far I've written and scheduled enough blog posts for one a week straight through to March 15th.  I'm going to continue with the theme of looking back on drawings and writing about the inspiration of them and any other thing that goes along with the video of the week.

A new feature exclusive to this blog will be my video tutorials. I had done these short videos of me slowly drawing different patterns for you to learn. I am going to start doing these tutorial videos once again with the link to the tutorials here. They will be daily videos so keep an eye out.

I am excited for the new year to start. I have a lot of plans and have been making a detailed schedule so that I can keep on track with my plans for 2018. I'm also planning to tell you where I've been for the last few months and why I haven't been posting anything. It's not an exciting story but I do feel like you deserve an explanation.

There's a lot coming in 2018 so please stay with me until then!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Zen Doodle Unleashed Giveaway

Thank you to everyone who entered my book giveaway. Here are the 5 winners:

Grand Prize: Maureen Hayes
Signed Book: Shannel Stinner
Signed Book: Kirsty Hall
Signed Book: Lauren Stern
Signed Book: Jennifer Clark

If you see your name above, there will be an email from me requesting your mailing information. I must have this information by 11/2/15 for you to receive your prize.

Thank you for entering. You can all find Zen Doodle Unleashed as well as my other books on Amazon.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Zentangle Inspired Art Phase

I went through a phase starting around June 2013 that lasted until around September. I did a lot of these Zentangle Inspired Art. I would draw something I saw online and then put patterns inside the negative space. I enjoyed this phase quite a bit and learned a lot about how I liked to shade. I really wish the scans of the drawings would show the shading at true value, but it's very muted compared to real life.

A lot of the images I would use would be some clip art or photo I found online and I would redraw it and tweak it to something I liked better and then add some patterns. It was nothing I could claim as original so I was still trying to find my niche in the Tangle world.

I still love creating this type of artwork. It's fun and a great way to try new patterns without having to think about where to put the next pattern because the lines are already on the page.

These are not the only ZIA I've done. It's a fun, quick release of creative energy for me. These five are the ones I did consecutively (or close to it) on my channel as I was going through that phase. I really recommend trying this out. Even if you can't draw, you can trace the images and fill it in with patterns.

Here's some videos:


Monday, March 16, 2015

1000 Subscribers?!

This drawing and this video still make me smile. I never thought I would reach 1000 subscribers and my goal for my channel was to reach 500 subscribers by the end of the year. The fact that I had doubled my goal in six months (June 29, 2013) made me realize that I was right to start the channel to begin with. It is amazing to me now that I have close to 35,000 subscribers. I can't even comprehend that many people watching my videos!

I remember smiling the whole time I was drawing this and thinking about how happy I was that I went with my gut and started the channel. I still hadn't gotten a first paycheck from YouTube videos, so it certainly was not the money that was keeping me going. It was the comments, the inbox messages and the words of encouragement that I would receive on all of my videos that kept me going. I was still trying to figure things out as far as how I was going to put my "Stamp" on what I do. I knew I wanted to be able to put a drawing out in the world and my followers to clearly see "Yes, that was done by Tiffany Lovering" but I hadn't figured out how just yet. It was around this time that I was starting to put tangle patterns inside of real life things like a dog, butterfly horse...(I discuss this more in my next post).

I am grateful for every single one of my subscribers. If it weren't for you, I wouldn't be where I am now. I think about this a lot. If I had just kept my drawings to myself, if I hadn't uploaded that first video, if I hadn't put my work out into the world what on earth would I be doing right now? Editing books and writing novels is my guess, but I certainly can't say for sure. I had no idea what my YouTube channel would lead to when I started. There's no way I could imagine that I would have 3 DVD's released and a drawing book coming out soon. I also had no idea I would be teaching online classes for my drawing style.

I will never forget the feeling I had when I saw that I reached 1000 subscribers. It was a huge sense of accomplishment. Every single time I reach a milestone on my channel, I think back to when I reached 1000 subscribers because it was the first time I knew I was reaching people by doing something I loved. There's no better feeling than that I don't think.

Here's the video:

Friday, March 13, 2015

True Zentangles and CZT Status

When I figured out that I couldn't conform and stick to what a "true" Zentangle is, I was still labeling my videos as a Zentangle video. What I was drawing was different than a Zentangle but would still appeal to people interested in Zentangle. It was sort of confusing to me and to some of my viewers that what I was doing was not what the originators of the Zentangle art describe. Eventually I went with the label of Zentangle Inspired Art and I used that terminology to describe my art until I continued to branch out and figure out what I liked. I did create a video on May 10, 2013 called "True Zentangle and Clarification" to explain what I was doing. (As I'm writing this blog post, I am wondering if this was my last "true" Zentangle I posted on my channel.)

This was a quickie drawing taking only about an hour or so. I like the way it looks, and think it is a decent Zentangle drawing for a quickie. Granted, there's no shading but I specifically remember not wanting to spend any more time on a style of drawing I didn't particularly enjoy at the time. The string of the Zentangle that starts off the drawing always felt constricting and the lack of color to be used in a Zentangle always bothered me. I love color.

Labeling my videos as "Zentangle" also brought the question "Are you a Certified Zentangle Teacher?" I still get this question occasionally but not nearly as much as I did in 2013. If you don't know, I am NOT a CZT and do not intend on becoming a CZT. I did consider it. I looked into it and when I saw how much money it was going to cost, what would happen at the conferences to become "certified", and so forth, I quickly realized that this path was not for me. I was already losing the desire to fit into the Zentangle "Box" and so it didn't make sense for me to invest a large amount of money into becoming a CZT. I now have a line in every one of my video descriptions to answer this question. It states:
                              I am NOT a CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) nor do I intend on becoming a CZT.  Although some of my art can be considered a "Zentangle" - MOST are what I call "Freeform Tangles". Although I use a lot of the same patterns, my creations are MUCH less restrictive than traditional Zentangle.

Here's the video:

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Using Negative Space

This was from May 2013. I was trying to think of something different to do and thought of having negative space for a picture and drawing tangle patterns (Zentangle style) around it.

This is not a very technical drawing but I must admit that I really like it. I used patterns that were kind of new to me and a few of my favorites.

I am constantly going back to this drawing and thinking I should do more negative space tangles but this is the only one I've done. I'm not sure why, maybe just because I get other ideas that override the desire to make a negative space tangle.

I did use a bit of shading with a Prismacolor marker. I'm not to pleased with how well it was done but I was very proud of myself for not being afraid to shade. It definitely looks better with the shading and that was the goal!

The video commentary was a bit different. I don't normally talk about things in the news, but I came across an article that made me quite angry so I shared it. Anyway here is the video....

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Story Behind Most Intricate Zentangle for Me Video

February 19, 2013 I posted this video. It's hard to believe that two years has passed since this drawing. I drew this sitting at my dining room table. I knew I wanted to do something intricate and time consuming. This took a total of 4 hours and 9 seconds. Now 4 hours is pretty average for a drawing, even for ones smaller than this 8 1/2 x 11.

It started off as intended but I quickly realized how long it was really going to take and started making larger doodles. The tree and bubbles were a way of filling space. Although I love the way they look in the drawing, I will always know that it was just a way to fill space because it was taking too long to complete.

I also made a pretty major mistake in the bottom portion of the drawing where the spider web looking design is. I came very close to tossing the whole drawing because of the mistake, but decided I invested too much time to toss it out. So I had to figure out a way of covering it. This section of the drawing always felt out of place.

In all honesty, I thought drawing something more intricate like this would help me gain subscribers. I still hadn't reached even 300 subscribers yet. I am not sure if it helped or not. To date, this drawing has 98,000 views. This is one of my most viewed videos.

I do like this drawing quite a bit. I love the tree, as I do have an obsession with trees. I just wish I had done some shading with this one. I really wanted to shade it but was terrified of ruining the drawing with shading. This was not the first time I had run into this fear and I realized I needed to practice shading so I wouldn't face this confliction again.

I hope you'll enjoy the video:

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Try & Try Again

In February 2013 I had this "brilliant" idea. I wanted a circular drawing with a  string going through it. On one side of the string would be color and the other side would be shaded. I had a very clear vision of what I wanted to do but it took three tries to get it right. The first one is done in Sharpie and pencil. I knew I wasn't  going to be happy with this as I was drawing it. I didn't really want it to be just gray in the selected area, I wanted a very muted color. Unfortunately, I didn't have watercolor brushes at the time so I couldn't accomplish that look. I will say that looking back on these three pieces, this first one is my favorite. It may not be exactly what I was looking for at the time, but I like the colored portion of the drawing.

The middle one was just an epic fail. This was going along with the same idea but I tried multiple circles and used pastel for color. I uploaded this video only because I spent too long on the drawing/video to not post it. Plus, I really wanted to show my attempts at this.

The third one was my original idea. It came out how I imagined. I used watercolors and I had the muted color. The thing I don't like about it is the actual drawing. It's not very technical. I considered this project complete because I reached the coloring aspect I was looking for from the beginning, but I was never completely happy.

If I were to try this again I would do a drawing similar to the first with the gray portion like the watercolor version. The point of me discussing this is that I want to share how important it is to keep trying. If you have an idea, run with it and keep trying until you reach the desired look. It may take several attempts, but you'll get it eventually.

Three videos today!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Trying New Supplies

By the end of January 2013 I was getting the urge to try something different. I know this isn't a tangle but I had a lot of fun creating this. I really wanted to try a drawing using pastels for color. It was a method I loved in high school but hadn't used too much since then. I love organic patterns that remind me of nature, but as I was just re-learning pastels, I thought I needed something larger to really show the blending of colors.

Although I'm not 100% in love with the finished product, I loved the process. It was the first time it really struck me how important challenging myself was. I believe I've continued to challenge myself. Since this day I've learned (or re-learned) several new ways of expressing myself through tangling...although not everything works out as planned.

A word of advice: Don't become stagnant with art. Try new methods and enjoy the process as much as possible.

Here's the video:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Girl with Tangled Hair

The Girl with Tangled Hair, January 20, 2013

This happens to be one of my most popular videos although it was drawn only 20 days after officially starting my channel.

I very clearly remember drawing this girl and thinking it was going to be my channel "hit" for the year. It really represented a time in my life where I was depressed. I was in a lot of pain, I lived someplace I hated and I wasn't getting enough editing clients so I could do anything beyond pay bills. There was more going on too, which I won't get into here but believe me, it wasn't a good time. I let my depression become my inspiration and I'm pretty sure that shows in this drawing.

I still like this drawing, but mainly because of what it represents. The technical aspects are pretty bad. I have no shading because I was afraid of ruining the drawing. I remember REALLY wanting to add shading but being terrified I would do it wrong. The nose is too large. As a matter of fact, every time I look at this, my eye goes straight to her nose and that's all I can focus on. Her hairline is too far back.
That being said, there are things I think I did well. I love her eyebrows and eyelashes. I like how gentle and "deep in thought" she looks and I like that I can almost feel the breeze going through her hair.
There are a lot of things that inspire me and I don't talk about the more personal things on my YouTube channel. I think depression can be inspirational in many ways. You just have to be willing to let the pain of it all flow straight out through the pen.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

What was I thinking?!

January 14, 2013 Tangle

This tangle took about 20 minutes to create...and it looks like it took about 2. I don't know what I was thinking when I posted this video. I remember being very close to 100 subscribers and I figured if I didn't upload a video, I wouldn't ever reach 100 subscribers.

I have really bad carpal tunnel and tendonitis so I hadn't done a video in a couple days because it was acting up quite a bit from the cold. (I remember the pain more than drawing this!)

I know this is a very bad drawing, but I kept the scan and the video up because it's good to look back and see how far I've come. Even so, this is kind of embarrassing. My lines are uneven, my shading isn't blended, my patterns are very elementary. I remember thinking this when I uploaded the video, but I had already broken my drawing a day promise and "had" to put up something.

I am pointing out this drawing/video because I want everyone to know that there's always room for improvement. Keep practicing, keep learning and never give up!  Here's the video:

Thursday, February 12, 2015

8x8 Project

 In January 2013, I officially started tangling on YouTube. My intention was to create a drawing a day on my channel. HA! I quickly realized that this was not going to be possible. It's hard to think of what to draw, especially when you feel like you have a deadline to do it by. I still want to do a tangle a day but after this experiment as I was starting my channel, I know that the tangles would have to be very small.

This 8x8" drawing was done over 3 videos so I could cover 3 days. (How Sneaky!) It took maybe 4 hours to do all together. At this point, I still really didn't know what I was doing. I was still trying to find my "voice" so to speak, and I was learning patterns. I decided to create this circular template that's broken up into different blocks. I guess this is like a "sampler" of me trying different patterns.

When I finished the drawing, I wasn't sure if I wanted to color it or shade it. I was still not experienced with either, but wanted to do something more than just draw the patterns. In the end, I decided to just shade the drawing.

When I was all done and uploaded the videos I thought this drawing was soooooo cool! I was sure I would never be able to draw anything so intricate ever again. I couldn't believe I spent an entire 4 hours drawing just one picture! Of course now 4 hours is average for a drawing. It's kind of interesting thinking about how the amount of time on a drawing has changed so drastically in just 2 years.

Looking at the video again before posting this blog, I realize just how amateur this looks compared to what I do now. Maybe in 2 more years I will think what I do now looks amateur.

At this point I think I had about 100 subscribers and wasn't making money on my channel. It takes a really really long time to start making any money on YouTube. I really didn't care that I wasn't making anything. I had my novels and I was editing books for others as a full time job. Tangles were just something fun to do. I just figured if I was going to draw anyway, I may as well record it and throw it on YouTube. I told my daughter, Allison, that my goal by the end of the year was to reach 500 subscribers. I thought it was an unrealistic expectation to be honest.

I think I might try doing something like this again. I like the idea, but I know I could make it look much nicer than this. Here's the "Finishing" video. Most of the drawing is done but all of the videos are up if you want to watch it evolve. I really don't like making videos into different parts anymore. I like watching the picture evolve in one video.