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How to draw CRUSADE

Image © Linda Farmer and 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.Crusade is a tangle pattern from graphic designer and CZT Wayne Harlow of Colton, CA and it’s his first on the site.

This tangle is an example of a grid pattern ‘seed’ which grows into a striking image when repeated — especially when each seed is rotated 90 degrees in relation to the one adjacent. Like so many tangles, the inspiration for this was quite simple. I saw a towel that had something very similar on it but the pattern was accomplished with multiple levels of pile. The drawn pattern looks very different from the towel but makes a great tangle nonetheless.

Image © Linda Farmer and 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.Crusade‘s grid seed is easy to draw although I found you do have to be mindful of the length of each stroke and your spacing. And putting the seeds together into a larger pattern can be a bit on the complicated side as your brain keeps up with which way you’ve turned each one. But I figured you’ve got a whole long weekend to work with it! My second example here on the right uses four of the Crusade seeds as Wayne demonstrates below. As you can see, shading adds the 3D punch of this tangle.

As for the name of the tangle, Wayne writes that his wife thought its geometric nature “reminded her of middle eastern or Moroccan designs and each ‘seed’ sort of has a shield look to me. All that made me think of the crusades.

I do designs for Dreamweaver Stencils and was exposed to Zentangle® when I was asked to decorate a stenciled card with some Zentangle patterns. At the time I didn’t realize that there were names for patterns and actual methods for constructing them but I enjoyed the project and started investigating further. As is often the case with Zentangle, I was hooked and eventually attended CZT 9 in August 2012.”

Here are Wayne’s step-by-step instructions for drawing Crusade and he included a ZIA featuring his tangle. “The ZIA was done on toned gray sketch paper in my recently acquired Strathmore Art Journal. The shading was done with a regular pencil and the highlights were done with a white Prismacolor.

How to draw CZT Wayne Harlow's Crusade tangle pattern

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