This past June, I went through one of Coursera’s online classes, Introduction to Art: Concepts & Techniques. It was a refresher course, at best; but it gave me a few new ideas to explore and the chance to experience the direction that online education is taking. Personally, I feel that online education has a ways to go before it reaches the full capacity of what brick and mortar universities offer; however, for people who are highly motivated, I could see the benefits of taking this route. For anyone interested Coursera has many classes offered on a variety of topics.
I began this piece of art for the Fantasy & You assignment, which I think, was week one. The photo below is where I got stuck. I didn’t know what to do for the background. And there it sat for the last 6 months… unfinished. I pulled it out yesterday afternoon and looked at it again. Inspiration hit and the photo above is the result.
The photograph doesn’t do it justice. I normally work much, much smaller. This one is 14″ x 17″ or considerably larger than my flatbed scanner. This, of course, meant photographing it instead to get a digital copy which creates a whole host of issues to contend with – lighting, focus, lining it up perfectly. This was the best I got.
Pentel RSVP Ball-point Pens
Papermate Gel Pens
Uni Paint Markers
Style: Zentangle (For anyone not familiar with Zentangle, I suggest researching this art method because it is one of the most relaxing styles of art that I have ever encountered. It’s, simply put, meditative.)
Feel free to interpret this as you will, and share your interpretations or general feedback. I would be curious to hear your thoughts. 😉