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How to draw INSPIRAL

Zentangle pattern: InSpiral. 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.Greetings all, good to see you 🙂Today’s fun and easy InSpiral tangle is from Spanish CZT Tomàs Padrós and it’s his 18th (!) on the site.

Tomàs writes,

This tangle is based on auras combined with spirals. But the auras used for InSpiral are very special.

Generally auras maintain a more or less uniform distance from each other. This does not happen in InSpiral. The auras are not at the same distance, but rather get closer in the concave areas and move away in the convex areas (step 2). That creates a pretty organic feel.

Once you have done the first and second steps, which could be lengthened by more than one aura, it is time to add spirals.

Therefore, when you want, the ends of the auras are twisted in a spiral in the concave parts (step 3). Each spiral will create a new convexity where previously there was a concavity. And so, the drawing continues (step 4).

We can also transform a convexity into a concavity whenever we want. If a convex area looks too large, you can always create new concave inflections in the next aura, breaking the basic rule of step 2 (step 5).

The process is fun and the result is always surprising. It reminds me of certain decorative whims of the Rococo style, as well as the powdered hairpieces with curls from the 18th century and, of course, floral shapes or marine and underwater resonances.

When Tomàs sent this submission I replied, “It reminded me immediately of one of the lessons in her tutorial Sharpen your line drawing skills with six easy lessons from Simone Bischoff. (See her Fantasy Flowers in Lesson 3.) He wrote:

I didn’t know Simone Bischoff. But certainly, she proposes the same kind of auras. Her concept of mountains and valleys is attractive and perhaps clearer than concave and convex. …

InSpiral is based on her auras with some additional guidance. On her page in German there is a wonderful illustration that plays with those flowers covering an entire surface, an identical concept to the one I use around my InSpiral flower in the last color tile (above).

Exactly!!

Tomàs illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing InSpiral below, “In the example that accompanies the deconstruction I show InSpiral combined with Diva Dance, Sea Wave and Amoeba.

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

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Tomàs also shares these InSpiral tips and notes and if you find it simpler to think about, you can replace convex with Mountains and concave with Valleys.

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