Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Drawing Freehand Circles - Video

Willow Bree posted on Facebook Group 'Zentangle Artists Trading Card Swap' asking 'Does anyone else sketch in pencil before drawing in ink?'  There was lots of comments, with some people saying yes, they did, no, they didn't and sometimes they did and sometimes they didn't.

I commented I usually don't unless I wanted to have a perfect circle or evenly spaced letters.  Then Pam Purk mentioned she would like me to share 'my secret' on how I drew 'perfect circles'.  Well, the answer is, I don't draw them perfectly (maybe something got lost in translation hehe).

Anyhow, it got me thinking - how do I share this 'secret'?  I thought about describing it but there was no way it was going to make sense, so I thought about a video.  I already had a 'You Tube' channel so surely it can't be too difficult? right?

So, I got excited, tried a couple of times, the first time placing the camera on the table in front of me, which didn't work - you couldn't see what I was doing.  The second time I noticed a wash basket was in view lol, so I scrapped that.  Thirdly, It was fine, only that I don't have a tripod available so I had to hold the camera with my left hand whilst trying to draw steady circles.

After 2 hours (yep, it took that long to upload a video less than 2 minutes in length) I wanted to view the end result and it was fine but then I saw you could edit the video, so I clicked on autoenhance, which was good as it made it more brighter, except for about 10 seconds of darkness around the 30 second mark.

Overall, I am very happy and pleased to share it on my blog.

If you do get a chance, I would love for you to view it and have your feedback.

I know it's only a short video and the topic probably boring for most, but hey, you got to start somewhere!

Enjoy :)


  1. Your video is very cool and I got to hear your voice......what a bonus!

    1. Thank you so much for checking out my mini video - there's lots to focus on and I only managed to focus on my drawing, not my grammar nor the tone of my voice, its very dull lol - will get better at it :)

  2. I love your work on Flickr! I am a calligrapher of over thirty years so I have always done my circles as I would an O, but the way you do them LOOKS easier,so I will give it a go. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thanks so much Sue, I love Calligraphy, I wish I remembered what I learnt many years ago - still have the tools but my favourite was to use paddle pop sticks :). I'm sure your way of doing circles works just as well for you :)


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