I explored creating a lot of gifs with my elephant zentangle. I started by creating a graphic asset of my elephant zentangle in Adobe Photoshop which I was then able to incorporate with color backgrounds. other images.
Then, I started experimenting with different background images and putting my elephant zentangle head on an actual elephant. I played around with Color Balance and Hue and Saturation in Photoshop.
After exploring in Photoshop. I searched Giphy.com for images of elephants. Being a huge Disney fan, I came across this Dumbo gif, and decided to create my own animation with it. I created this gif in Adobe Premiere. I fit my elephant zentangle over dumbo’s face and animated it moving with the motion of dumbo’s face. After rendering the animation in Premiere, I then uploaded it to Giphy.com to create a continuous loop of it.
I created my animation in Adobe After Effects. The radial design was created with different shapes and rotating them in a circular motion. I then put the elephant zentangle on top of the radial design and experimented rotating it around to complete my animation. Lastly, I added sound and rendered the composition. The animation was published through Vimeo and posted to NewHive.
Elephant Radial Design from Stephanie Buscemi on Vimeo.
After creating gifs and animations of my image, I wanted to take the doodle one step further. In Photoshop, I used the puppet warp tool to make the trunk of the elephant move. I then created gifs of the trunk moving.
Lastly, I searched for images of baby elephants. I then put the images of the moving trunk head on top of the baby elephant image to create the feel that the elephant was alive and moving. I experimented with the backgrounds in Photoshop as well.
Elephant Zentangle Illustration – 2D Project
- White Paper
- Black Ballpoint Pen
- Pencil and eraser (for animal outline)
- Image for reference
Resources: Used for references and brainstorming
- First, pick an animal you would like to create a zentangle out of.
- Look up reference images of different animals and see how you could incorporate different lines and shapes to create the animal and show depth.
- Do you want to do the entire animal’s body? Just the face?
- My reference image:
- Once you have decided on your animal, think about composition and how you would like incorporate the animal on the picture plane to utilize the space. Make thumbnails if necessary.
- Begin sketching outline of animal on paper using pencil. Draw very lightly as this outline should not be seen in the final outcome. The outline is just used to map out the composition as a guideline.
- Start creating different patterns and shapes inside the animal outline to create a sense of space and depth.
- Be creative and have fun with it!
- When creating your zentangle, use different lines and shapes. Your project can be as symmetrical or asymmetrical as you would like. Use shapes and lines to create the form of the animal to show depth and different curves and angles. For example, when designing my elephant’s trunk, I used rounded lines to show the shape of the trunk and the dimensionality. In the bottom parts of the ear, I used small thin lines to show the wrinkles of the skin, similar to my reference photo.
- When I first began creating my elephant zentangle, I didn’t have an exact end goal in mind in terms of the lines and shapes I was creating. I just knew i wanted to show the depth of the elephant. I was letting my hand and mind wonder and create whatever came in to my mind next. I referenced different zentangle websites and images (listed above) for inspiration. I knew I did not want my elephant to be symmetrical as I wanted the viewer’s eye to move throughout the page. The only thing I wanted slightly symmetrical was the inner part of the ear. I felt that it gave a sense of unification and completion to the piece.
- Overall I am happy with my outcome and really enjoyed creating the project. Usually, I create similar doodles on notes, random papers and in notebooks with no end goal or thought process. I just create them wherever they can fit on the page. Incorporating these doodles with the end goal of an elephant in mind really allowed for me to challenge myself and create something I would not normally create. I would like to create more zentangles of different animals and/or objects in the future.