Drawing Mandala, Zentangle or Doodles

pensI recently started learning how to draw  Zentangles, I was just playing around with doodle art and realised that there could be something more I could do, then I saw  Zentangles and Mandalas, which are great fun.  It’s like learning how to draw all over  again with pen, its been so long.

So I’ve been trying to learn the different between Doodles Zentangles and Mandala art.

What are Zentangles

Zentangles are miniature pieces of unplanned, abstract, black and white art created through a very specific Method from an ensemble of simple, structured patterns called tangles on a 3.5-inch (89 mm) square paper tile. Zentangles are not only exquisitely beautiful, they are fun and relaxing to create.

Via TanglePatterns   See their website for more information

What is Mandala Art

mandala) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian religions, representing the universe. In common use, “mandala” has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.

Via Wikipedia – see page for more info

What is Doodle Art

Mandala drawings and Zentagles are drawings that need a lot of concentration – A doodle is a drawing that we usually do while we are not concentrating, and its often strange to see what we have created without thinking.

Drawing Mandala, Zentangle or Doodles

Drawing Mandala, Zentangle or Doodles

So this is one of my first Mandala drawings, I’m hoping to get more control so that the lines are stronger and straighter, I’ve not been using any tools so far as I felt that it would distract from the flow and felt it was cheating really but I’ve seen people using protractors and compasses and marking lines out and the results look great –  so I’m going to see if I enjoy drawing that way too.

And this is the finished drawing – I need to get lighting sorted out or scan these in I think

Drawing Mandala, Zentangle or Doodles

So if you like Drawing Mandala, Zentangle or Doodles drop me some links to your sites.

R2-D2 Starwars Illustrator Art

Here is my R2-D2 Starwars Illustrator Art. Its been a long time since I have done any drawing or updated this page – and I had to teach myself illustrator again, as I hadn’t really learned all you could do yet.

R2-D2 Starwars Illustrator Art

RD-D2 is a fictional character – well actually  he is an astromech droid from the Star Wars films – He was created by 3 men with differing roles, Ralph McQuarrie, John Stears and Tony Dyson.  I think everyone knows who R2D2 is – even those that aren’t big fans.

R2-D2 is called a droid because he’s not an android and he’s not a robot.  I can’t explain the different between android and a robot really apart from to say that usually an android looks like a human and most of the time a robot doesn’t.

I was going to list for you the films he’s been in but there are so many – you should just go to the IMDB for R2D2


R2-D2 Starwars Illustrator Art


I hope that you enjoy my R2-D2 Starwars Illustrator Art

Selling Art Online

selling art onlineIf you are the starving artist type you will have no doubt tried selling art online.  There are so many resources and websites available to do this it would be crazy not to use them to showcase or exhibit your work.

Many of these websites have so many users fighting for sales, and huge commissions that sometimes it is difficult to get your work seen, let alone bought.

I don’t call myself an artist as for me art is a hobby to relax me when I’m not working, but I do like to show people what I have created or whats the point.   Its been a very long time since I actually painted on canvas, when I used to sell my original art work to friends and relatives. Now I like to create my art on the PC, which might come from a sketch that I have created or a photograph I have taken or seen, and I realise that I am still learning these techniques and software.   However from time to time, I see that people are searching for or selling art online and think what do I have to lose.

Sites for selling art online

So, I’ve signed up for a few art retail sites to upload and offer my work for sale.

At first, I just wanted somewhere to exhibit and store my art before I even had a website, so I joined Deviant Art. This is a great community of artists who are very supportive of each other and many do sell their art there in a number of ways – for me, I’m just happy to get a few views!

Another site that I recently signed up for is “Fine Art America” again here many artists, they say there are 40,000 artists networking here with a great community.

http://www.zazzle.co.uk is a very cute site, I think it’s really more for novelty items with designs rather than original art on canvas but you can buy and sell both.  You can earn here by also becoming an affiliate of someones work, so if you like their work and share it, when someone buys you can get commission.  The site however does need a lot of work, its pretty clunky to use and text sometimes doesn’t fit.   I’ve been told by friends that it takes a long time to get established, and the competition is fierce.

Saatchi Gallery (a London Gallery for contemporary art) have their own online site to buy and sell original art, their slogan is -

Discover art. Get discovered.

Check it out – go to www.saatchionline.com  This is a professional site as you would expect – it looks great and its easy to use.   What I love about Saatchi Online is that their categories and subcategories are so vast that you can narrow your results in search to exactly what you want.  Other sites do not have this, people have to wade though lots of work to get to yours, here they can go straight to it.  I have signed up to Saatchi Online too but as yet have not found the courage to add my work to the outstanding art work on this site.  It is said that many students have found their place in the art world by exhibiting their work here.

So, these are just a few of the best places that I have found art online – although there are many other resources for selling art online – here are 15 ways to sell your art online that abundant artist has found.  Just be careful and check out the site, terms and condition and costs before you make any commitment.

If you know any great sites for selling art online please do let us know.



Ironman Art

I love the Ironman films, and just had to draw this one.   It took many hours but I did enjoy it.

The Mark VI armor was created by Tony Stark to replace the Mark IV armor when it was discovered that the Arc Reactor could be powered by vibranium, which did not wear out or poison the user. It is similar to the Mark IV in appearance except for the triangular chest piece. Stark developed the new core via building a particle accelerator, then superheating the primary triangular core to a white arc, creating a source acceptable for the Arc reactor.
Here are the lines it took to draw him, before he got the colours


Ford Model B (1932)


Drawn in illustrator – using a photo for a guide by Ryan J Zeigler, see more here - https://www.facebook.com/RJZeiglerPhotography

Much artist licence used! :)


From Wiki 

The Model B is a Ford automobile produced between 1932 and 1934. It is a much updated version of the Model A and was replaced by the Model 48. The B has an improved four-cylinder Model A engine of 201 cu in (3.29 L) displacement producing 50 horsepower (37 kW; 51 PS). Ford also produced a similar car with its new flathead V‑8 engine, marketed as the Model 18, and commonly simply called the Ford V‑8; other than the engine, it was virtually indistinguishable from the B.

Although sharing a common platform, Model Bs and Model 18s came in a large variety of body styles: two-door roadster, two-door cabriolet, four-door phaeton, two-door and four-door sedans, four-door ‘woodie” station wagon, two-door Victoria, two-door convertible sedan, panel and sedan deliveries, five-window coupe, a sport coupe (stationary softtop), the three-window Deluxe Coupé, and pickup.


Volkswagen Beetle 1959



Drawing in Adobe Illustrator by me ..  using photos as a guide

One of my favorite cars.

Volkswagen Beetle 1959

Although designed in the 1930s, the Beetle was only produced in significant numbers from 1945 on, when the model was internally designated the Volkswagen Type 1, and marketed simply as the “Volkswagen”. Later models were designated VW 1200, 1300, 1500, 1302 or 1303, the former three indicating engine displacement and the latter two being derived from the type number and not indicative of engine capacity. The model became widely known in its home country as the Käfer (German for “beetle“) and was later marketed as such in Germany,[3] and as the Volkswagen Beetle in other countries.[1][2]

In the 1950s, the Beetle was more comfortable and powerful than most European small cars,[citation needed] having been designed for sustained high speed on the Autobahn. It remained a top seller in the U.S., owing much of its success to high build-quality and innovative advertising,[citation needed] ultimately giving rise to variants, including the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia and the Volkswagen Type 2 bus.

From Wiki 


Vintage Car – Sunbeam


I actually managed to finish this today – I started it weeks ago!   I believe its a Sunbeam but I’ve no idea what model or year it is, should I say –  I’m not sure why I like drawing cars as I just can’t do tires and wheels – but I gave it a good try today.  Practice makes perfect so they say.  Hope you like it anyway

Volkswagen Beetle Pink – Lady Bug


If I had a Beetle this  is what it would look like – drawn in illustrator

The Volkswagen Beetle, officially called the Volkswagen Type 1 (or informally the Volkswagen Bug), is an economy carproduced by the German auto maker Volkswagen (VW) from 1938 until 2003. With over 21 million manufactured[6] in an air-cooledrear-engined, rear-wheel drive configuration, the Beetle is the longest-running and most-manufactured car of a single design platform and one of most-manufacturing of a single model commonly anywhere in the world.



Sakura Haruna from Naruto

Sakura Haruna from Naruto

Drawn in Adobe Illustrator – again – a couple of years ago.

Sakura Haruno (春野サクラ, Haruno Sakura) is one of the main characters in the Naruto Series. She is a chūnin-level kunoichiof Konohagakure, a talented medical-nin, and a member ofTeam Kakashi.

Sakura is naturally hot-headed, stern and irritable, and because of that temper-mental nature, she tends hit people out of explosive anger and rage on more than one occasion (the victim usually being Naruto Uzumaki), and somewhat hyper-critical, but most of the time, she is relatively kind, cheerful, and rational. In the anime, Sakura has been shown to be a bit of a flirt and uses this to her advantage: with one such case being when Naruto asked her out for dinner, though she only agreed if he paid for her half as well. She also prefers to speak formally, very reliant on approaches of theory and principle and tends to be a heavy and calculating thinker when it comes to details on almost any matter and very analytic when on or off the job, but she is also capable of being very naive and narrow-minded on certain matters such as Naruto’s feelings for her, which went unnoticed until Sai stated it to her or when she tried to force herself to kill Sasuke twice, despite the fact that her heart wouldn’t allow her to do it, leaving her vulnerable for Sasuke’s attempts on her life, even her attempt to lie to Naruto about loving him instead of Sasuke, ignorant of the fact that Naruto personally witness Sakura’s most extreme and inimitable signs of love for Sasuke.

Taken from http://naruto.wikia.com/wiki/Sakura_Haruno

The Flintstones

Another very old picture that I drew in MS Paint, of the kids from the Flintstones – Bam Bam and Pebbles :)

The Flintstones is an animated, prime-time American television sitcom that was broadcast from September 30, 1960 to April 1, 1966 on ABC. The show was produced by Hanna-Barbera ProductionsThe Flintstones was about a working-class Stone Age man’s life with his family and his next-door neighbor and best friend.

The show’s continuing popularity rested heavily on its juxtaposition of modern everyday concerns in the Stone Age setting

From Wiki - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Flintstones



Italian village on the hill

This is a drawing that I did some time ago – it was an experiment, as most of my drawings are actually – when I look at it now there is a lot that I would have done differently but I still like the simplicity of it.  I’m not sure which town or village it is now, but it looks like many that you see in Italy.




The pansy or pansy violets are a large group of hybrid plants cultivated as garden flowers. Pansies are derived from Viola species Viola tricolorhybridized with other viola species, these hybrids are referred to as Viola × wittrockiana[1] or less commonly Viola tricolor hortensis. The name “pansy” also appears as part of the common name for other Viola species that are wildflowers in Europe. Some unrelated species, such as thePansy Monkeyflower, also have “pansy” in their name.

Via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pansy