Seven pointed star

Note: This is my first pretangle as I’m going to call it! I first entered it a week ago! I made another tonight and added it below.

A friend is moving to Austin and another friend threw her a crafter noon going away party. I saw so many if my cool friends, 60% burner campmates, and got to share my craft with them, meanwhile I got to see so many new ideas!

I gave my first full-sized sketch to the departee, and it was well received.

The thing that I loved the most about this gift was that I was able to work on it from inception to finish before the afternoon was over and deliver the present to her.

The piece was inspired by a friend who is a Buddhist monk and religion teacher. He told me about this shape yesterday, and I had to do something with it. I really love how your brain doesn’t know how to perceive this shape, as it wants to see a six sided star or an 8! There will be more!


Here is the new drawing on 4/15/13:




Here’s my entry for this week’s Diva Challenge featuring ledezner’s  tuxedo tangle. This pattern really made my noggin hurt as I tried to use it. Sadly, when it comes to intricate patterns like this one, I want to make it perfect, and then bounce around with it, but most of my attempts at doing this tangle just crapped out, or when I was done with the framework of the pattern, I was afraid to embellish it, because I didn’t want to ruin it. 

I went with a simple flourish of the two dot pattern in the circles and nothing in the diamonds. A really creative string created an opportunity to play with vortex and stircles tangles that I’ve wanted to use for some time. I really enjoyed the shading that occured in the vortex, and then I had a blast with the side.

This has been a slammed week for me, and I didn’t get much accomplished in my sketch book. However, I consciously sat down to do this drawing as a meditative practice and, wow, I feel much more relaxed that I was earlier today. Furthermore, I saw one of the “Hansian” structures, as I’ve started to call them, appear on my page again! I haven’t drawn one in a while and I’m looking forward to the next time one of late friend’s doodle styles makes a cameo in my pieces.

20130403-175433.jpgAnyway, thanks for checking out the site!

-The Mannimal


Quadrachromatic Monotangle!

So here’s my Diva Challenge entry!

This is one of my favorite tangle patterns. I found it early and employ it regularly in my designs. I have a feeling it is because of my respect for its inspiration. I love Mucha’s style and my life has been spent with tons if his work around me. Only thing missing from my success

I had a great time drawing this last night and and this morning as I woke up, I didn’t like it at all. No shading at all can make this pattern too much in distinguishable lines for the eyes. Once I added a bit of lead to it for shading, it looked great, but the lack of variance in shape and pattern required I take another element of art into account. Adding color yielded great results.


This isn’t the first time I’ve mono tangled with Mooka. Here is my first polished Monotangle of Mooka. Probably won’t be my last.



Here’s a study of the pattern on a notecard:

And it turned into this:


The Mannimal

Zendala dare!

So this is this week’s zendala dare over at The Bright Owl. To mix things up, I added some purple into the mix. I haven’t employed color yet, and thought what the heck?


Also, here is a display of last week and this weeks zendala assignment from my art class students!




I wanted to work on predicting results with multiple paradoxes, and I also wanted to try my hand at mono tangling and a zendala. This is the result. It took me a long time to actually perfect the pattern as well as start to predict. What I did realize was that you really have to plan ahead when you’re using one tangle throughout a large piece.


Diva challenge 109 – perspeck

Here is this week’s submission for The Diva’s challenge. I wanted to really out do last week’s post because I really enjoyed the variation I found and that variation sparked a great bit of inspiration for my composition. I’m not sure I succeeded. However, I love this tangle, but instead of immediately taking me straight to some drawing that bends my brain, I found myself diving into learning two point perspective so that I can perfect this tangle. Then end result is below.

This also appeared on paper:

So did this:


And here are some other ideas I had as I played with the tangle:



Thanks for looking!
-The Mannimal