This post is coming to you from a very wet Batu Karas! Just waiting for our breakfast pancakes now, I think we’ll be camped out in the cafe most of the morning, there’s not much to do here when it’s raining!

Here’s yesterday’s comic strip diary 🙂

Rain, tea and a steamroller

The beach doesn’t look too appealing in the rain! Doesn’t stop the surfers though!

Batu Karas beach
The view from the shelter
Batu Karas beach
Batu Karas beach

Here’re the little boys playing on the steamroller. Sam tried to push it with them but (unsurprisingly) it wouldn’t budge!

Children’s entertainment in Batu Karas

I started a zentangle yesterday. I quite like doing them on lined paper, it helps to keep the patterns nice and uniform! Perfect for Diana Evans’ ‘ten minute warm up‘ too!

how to zentangle
Zentangle
I start with a few randomly drawn curvy lines which cross over and fill in the gaps with any pattern that takes my fancy.

how to zentangle
Zentangle

Then I started work on the next challenge for Illustration Friday. The inspiration word this time is ‘alphabet’. Since I enjoyed trying my hand at 3D drawing the other day I thought I’d continue in the same vein. These are just preliminary drawings to see if the idea will work well.

Firstly I drew a long shape, narrow at the bottom and wide at the top so that when viewed from the end it looks like a square. This was to establish a frame to make it easier to draw the letters.

how to draw in 3D
Then I penciled in the letters, again, they are very wide at the top, very narrow at the bottom and very elongated!

how to draw in 3D
I continued working the letters until I was happy with the way they looked.

Then I filled in the letters with hatching and wrote out the alphabet in the background to give the ‘abc’ something to stand out against.

how to draw in 3D
I think photographing the page with something in the background makes it look more 3D.

how to draw in 3D
I discovered this evening another way to draw the 3D image which is much easier and the results are much better! I’ll share that with you in my post tonight, internet permitting!
I’m partying at the following link up parties: Tatertots and Jello, Balzer Designs, Thirty Handmade Days and Lamb Around.

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