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How to draw LOVE HANDLES

Zentangle pattern: Love Handles. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal.Welcome to the first day of winter in our hemisphere, the good news is we should be getting a little more daylight in our days as we head towards Spring. More daylight is always a good thing.

Here’s our last tangle for 2018!

Although we won’t be seeing each other again “here” until next year, I’ll be preparing the 2019 GUIDE over the holidays for you. And I’m always accepting new tangle submissions for the new year. Email never sleeps! 🙂

The last tangle of the year honor goes to our Spanish tangling friend Tomàs Padrós, who shares this fun Christmas present he calls Love Handles.

Tomàs’s tangles generally seem to explore and exploit optical illusions and Love Handles is his latest with several variations to try out including a cool circular one.

When I was doing my example of Love Handles I was reminded of two older tangles on the site, Worms and Ticking. They each share a similar concept behind them.

Tomàs shares several different ways to explore Love Handles as well as his analytical discussion of how it works.

He writes this is “a funny pattern, like its name: Love Handles“.

I hereby yield “the floor” to Tomàs for his explanation of today’s tangle …

“It is an exercise of auras with curved inflections that generate sensations of bulging folds.

The name is due to an obvious association of ideas. I hope that it does not cause any problems to the CZTs when in their classes they ponder the Love Handles of their students 😉

In the first deconstruction I show a more regular arrangement. The “folds” are arranged at regular intervals. Of course you can turn this pattern into a square fragment with a straight line in the center.

The transverse directions that curve when arriving at the fold are those that generate a volumetric effect, even without shading. In my deconstruction I show a symmetrical arrangement of those lines but it is not necessary. The same direction can always be maintained.

I illustrate this pattern well accompanied by Reticulated (Livia Chua), Florz (Zentangle) and Membranart (Me).”

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Love Handles, tangle and deconstruction by Tomàs Padrós. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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“In the second deconstruction I show a freer arrangement.

The folds are curved and have an irregular shape in a random layout. If the first example shows a more flat stomach, with the abdominals somewhat marked yet, in this second proposal we can appreciate the effects of an excess of armchair ;D ”

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Love Handles, tangle and deconstruction by Tomàs Padrós. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

“Some tips or advice:

  1. You can suppress the lines of the first step to get a more subtle optical effect.
  2. You can also reverse the direction of the inflections creating sensations of concavity and convexity. Alternate shading helps.
  3. Have fun tangling other patterns with this resource or creating new puffy ribbons.
  4. If you are going to make a circle, my advice is to use one of these two possibilities.”

(Enlargement of above:)

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Love Handles, tangle and deconstruction by Tomàs Padrós. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

“Finally I show a complete deconstruction of the circular arrangement to facilitate its understanding.

This composition requires more control but it is easy to master especially if you only draw half a circle or less. In the tile we can also see Croon (Margaret Bremner), Limpitz (Jo Newsham), and Jetties and Sez (Zentangle).

Merry Christmas!!!”

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Love Handles, tangle and deconstruction by Tomàs Padrós. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

As you enjoy any of the tangles on the site, please leave a comment of thanks and encouragement to show the artists you appreciate them for sharing their creativity to inspire yours. Your comment helps motivate them to continue to share!

Check out the tag tomasp for more of Tomàs’s tangles on TanglePatterns.com.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Until we meet again in the new year my dear tangling friends, my very best wishes to you and yours …

See you next year!

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