|This Valentine-themed Zendoodle is sure to make you ask questions. It's got that bizarre, Alice-In-Wonderland or Tim-Burton-feel to it. Is the heart plant a good presence? Or not so good? With the crazy look on her face as well as her curly-Q tentacles, she seems to lean towards the creepy side. And that little bump of a bee? Just what are his plans???|
Whatever your take on this garden scene is, it's sure to wow viewers. Plus the act of just doodling is itself such a joyful meditative process. So grab a pencil, a black Micron pen, a piece of drawing weight paper, a blending stump, and a cup of tea. Create your own little weird and whimsical Valentine-inspired landscape.
Start with a pencil and a small (4.5" x 6") piece of drawing paper. Give yourself a border. a mound of land, and a tree trunk with a scalloped base. Rest a heart at the top of the trunk and give her (or him) some curls to resemble tentacle-like branches. The heart also gets some feather-like flourishes at the top of her head. Now, switch to using a pen and ink your pencil lines. I use a black Micron pen, size 01 or 02.
Add more plants. Hearts atop of stems are always a good idea. Simple leaves are a great gardeny space filler. A different version of the bleeding heart plant is also very Valentiney. I drew a wavy stem and made little arches come off it at regular intervals. I then hung a tiny stem and heart under the tiny arches. Very cute indeed! Give your heart a smiling grin, wide eyes, and a little nose. Next add some pencil shading. I added a light scribble of pencil just to the inside of the heart's perimeter. I did the same for the land and the tree trunk. With a blending stump, I burnished my pencil lines, smearing the graphite around, evening it out. and rubbing it towards the center a bit. I also colored in the lips with pencil.
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