Six days ago I was browsing for some references to draw this and nothing really appealed to me. I got the idea to pull out the hardcover edition of Gray’s Anatomy that I bought last fall for $1. He had a patella drawing which didn’t do much for me, but further back he showed a fracture of the patella which did look interesting. It’s the middle image at the top of the page.
While looking at it, I thought how much the ropey muscles in the thigh looked liked zentangles. Now that really did get me enthused. The drawing in the book is only two inches (50 mm) and I couldn’t decide how big to make it on my page. Through the week I gathered my zentangle books and some examples online and looked at examples of zentangles applied to artwork. Our electricity was off for five hours yesterday so I again deferred the drawing.
This morning I woke up at 5 a.m. with the first two lines of a poem about a patella fracture going through my mind. I thought “I must write this down so I don’t forget it.” and got a pencil and scrap paper and expanded it and rewrote a few lines. Then the project kind of sifted together for me as I could figure out how big to make the drawing and still leave room for a title and poem, so I got up and drew it.
Three and a half hours later….
One thing, I used a Derwent Coloursoft pencil for the darker red in this and it was buttery and soft and blended beautifully, but it transferred and smudged all over the place, almost ruining the watercolour on the opposite page, so I sprayed it with Krylon Workable Fixative.
Also, due to reworking the letters by erasing old lines before inking, some of them have a faint impressed line. I thought this looked a bit like striations in bone or perhaps fracture points not quite broken. Serendipity!
Staedtler 2H pencil
Micron .03 pen (black)
Micron .03 pen (red)
Faber-Castell Pitt Pen Small (sepia)
Faber-Castell Polychromos coloured pencils
Derwent Coloursoft coloured pencil (scarlet)