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How to draw FONTANA

Zentangle pattern: Fontana. 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.Spanish tangler Tomàs Padrós joins us this fine Monday to share his Fontana tangle with us. Wait until you see what he does with this “extruded mesh” design.

Tomàs has several very popular tangles on the site, Fontana is his tenth.

He introduces us to Fontana and the source of his inspiration,

“The basic pattern can not be more minimalist. A succession of lines that can be given a certain thickness, more or less opened.

My source of inspiration was the work of Argentine-Italian artist Lucio Fontana, founder of spatialism and known for his slashed and perforated surfaces.

Of course I have also been inspired by any simple cut, such as incisions, scratches, Renaissance clothes, extruded metal meshes, cut paper, fish gills, etc.

Despite its minimalism, it is possible to complicate the design if we use it to suggest an extruded mesh, a design in which the echoes of the delicious Maisie tangle resonate.

It is possible to open more or less the cuts generating different formal solutions or interesting progressions.”

Check out the link to the Guggenheim above for Lucio Fontana’s biography (February 1899 – September 1968) and examples of his art. You can also learn more about him here on Wikipedia. Fascinating and “out there” character.

As you’ll see in Tomàs’s examples, Fontana is an interesting tangle for experimentation. I went for a straightforward version using his example on the bottom right of the first steps below and his Renaissance tile. I found the biggest challenge was to get the “slashes” spaced in the symmetrical way I was going for. So I first laid down the center “row” of strokes by placing the “outside” or end ones first and another midway between those two. Then it was easy to add the other strokes centering in between. Add a C curve on one side of each slash and a shallow wave on the other side, fill it in, et voilà. With a touch of shading.

Tomàs illustrates the first set of step-by-step instructions for drawing Fontana below explaining, “In the first I show a basic deconstruction with a good number of possibilities and variations. One of them shows an extrusion mesh in its simplest almost closed appearance.

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With his second set of steps and examples below Tomàs writes,

I display a dynamic arrangement full of cuts that sometimes combine in the form of extrusion mesh but that are also perceived as cuts or gills.

When we submit an extrusion mesh to tensile forces, the holes open. It is here when the design can remind us of a kind of minimal Maisie, although devoid of any decorative element.

Tomàs’s intriguing monotangle on a Renaissance tile example of this version:

A second example tile demonstrating the “extruded mesh” potential of Fontanawith different formal solutions of the same pattern“. Lovely sense of movement on this tile.

Here are the steps for this variation, aka the Maisie version.

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