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How to draw OAURA

Zentangle pattern: Oaura. 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.Dee-lighted to see you back again, as always I’m honored to spend time with you!

Taiwan CZT Lin Chiu shares her pretty Oaura tangle with us today. Lin has shared several tangles previously, her Xmas Red is a lovely seasonal one you will enjoy checking out. She includes it in her first Zendala tile below.

Oaura — O + aura — is very simple and basically a tangleation of the Zentangle®-original Purk. Lin notes Purk in part inspired Oaura.

Lin created so many detailed and beautiful example tiles, I just had to share them and Oaura today.

She writes,

This pattern was inspired by Hayao Miyazaki animation “Nausicaä of The Valley Of The Wind“, “Ohmu” and the Zentangle pattern “Purk”.

Oaura can be tangled on its own, or tangled with other ribbon patterns, and it also can be a Christmas tree!

And what’s a Christmas tree without a star, maybe like the one on this stunning tile?

With the exception of Purk, I confess to complete ignorance about Lin’s inspirations for her tangle. However I have learned from the incredibly detailed and impressive Wikipedia entry that:

Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese animator, filmmaker, screenwriter, author, and manga artist.

A co-founder of Studio Ghibli, a film and animation studio, he has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of animated feature films, and is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished filmmakers in the animation business. …

Miyazaki’s works are characterized by the recurrence of themes such as humanity’s relationship with nature and technology, the wholesomeness of natural and traditional patterns of living, the importance of art and craftsmanship, and the difficulty of maintaining a pacifist ethic in a violent world.

The protagonists of his films are often strong girls or young women, and several of his films present morally ambiguous antagonists with redeeming qualities.

Miyazaki’s works have been highly praised and awarded; he was named a Person of Cultural Merit for outstanding cultural contributions in November 2012, and received the Academy Honorary Award for his impact on animation and cinema in November 2014.

In 2002, American film critic Roger Ebert suggested that Miyazaki may be the best animation filmmaker in history, praising the depth and artistry of his films. Miyazaki has frequently been cited as an inspiration for numerous animators, directors, and writers.

Clearly I have been missing out on something pretty interesting!

Oaura. Lin’s second Zendala is beautifully done on a black tile using the Zentangle-original Drupe as a string and some creative embellishments in place of some of the O(rbs),

This Zendala example on a tan Renaissance Zentangle tile includes quite a few Zentangle-original tangles, including the not-often-seen Sez  …

I won’t pretend to have gained Lin’s artistry with the shading and highlights on this tangle’s orbs, my example is a pretty basic representation but she has given us many examples to inspire and aspire to.

Lin illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Oaura below. In the second “creature” on the right below we see one of Lin’s inspirations.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Oaura, tangle and deconstruction by Lin Chiu. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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