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This review is from: One Zentangle a Day: A 6-Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, and Fun (Paperback)
The process outlined in this book certainly works, it is fun, fascinating and freeing. Your progress will depend on your ability to draw, but even with little expertise I can see that everyone would benefit from practising this 'art form'. I would have given it 5 stars had it not been for the fact that the materials recommended are so expensive in the UK. This book was obviously written for the US market where the pens and inks are considerably cheaper, there is also a lot of reference to Zentangle certified teachers which seem superfluous to these instructions. If you want to have a go at this in the UK look around for alternative pens such as Staedtler pigment liners of the same specs, also Faber castell's PITT artist pens >>brushes<< instead of the very expensive Pentel colour brush sets, at least until you have experience of the process and you decide that you want to continue with it. The Pentel colour brushes have the advantage of being refillable, but are so expensive that until you are sold on the process it might be better to invest in something more reasonably priced.
The drawing instructions are mostly given via step by step diagrams. The text refers mainly to design, tonal and texture theory which I found easy enough to cope with but for someone starting out with drawing I think a little more explanation about shading for example would have been helpful: how to do it, what tools to use, the relationship between shape and light etc. The little sun icons are helpful if you understand the principles but for a beginner it might not be enough.
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Initial post: 5 Jan 2015 22:32:18 GMT
I am no expert on zentangling, having only just started, although I have done quite a bit of pen and ink drawing in the past. Anyway, with regard to pens, I have just bought a pack of three Tesco pens which were extremely inexpensive (can't remember if they were £1.50 or £2.00 for the three) and have tried them out and, whilst obviously may not be adequate for all purposes, they are certainly more than adequate for 'having a go' and practising.
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