"There's something really appealing about the simplicity of black - and - white images."
Joseph Gordon - Levitt
I'm sure I've said it here before, but I'll say it again. I'm a big fan of contrast. Most of my Zentangle work has at least some black areas. You won't find a lot of pieces in my portfolio that are light and airy. There may be some sections that are light and airy, but almost always there will be dark areas to balance it. I see plenty of work by others that are light and airy and beautiful, but it's just not my style of tangling. That's one of the things that drew me to Zentangle - the stark contrast between black and white.
So this week I decided to play around with lots of contrast by creating a Zentangle made solely from variations on a theme - that theme being the tangle pattern Knightsbridge. There are endless ways to vary the pattern to give it very different looks. Here I began by drawing the two diagonals in my square, and then used a different variation in each of the four triangular spaces. I will admit (but don't tell anyone) that I used a ruler to draw some of the lines, mostly in that bottom triangle. This is what I ended up with, and I must say that I love its boldness.
Now I am a big fan of shading, and shade everything I make, but my inclination was not to do any shading on here so that it would retain its stark simplicity. But after thinking on it a little, I decided to go ahead and add some after first taking a picture. Below is what it looks like after shading. I really like it both ways.
What do you think? Better with or without shading? I'd love to hear what your thoughts are!