Monday Mandala 20

Mandala_20I think this is my least favorite mandala of all the ones I’ve drawn so far.  I was experimenting with lines and overlaps, but it just didn’t turn out the way I was hoping it would.  I almost didn’t post this one, but I want to be transparent about my failures, so – here it is!

Monday Mandala 15

Mandala_15When I was drawing this mandala, I thought I made it too simple.  There weren’t enough layers and the design elements weren’t busy enough to make it a good coloring mandala.

But looking at it now, I think it turned out really well.  I like how pieces of each layer layover into the next.  And there are a lot of different pieces to color, which I didn’t see at first glance.

The first layer is a bit busy, with all the lines crowding to an almost black ring, but overall I’m happy with the design.

Digital Creativity

My brain has been getting quite the workout the last few weeks.  I’ve been trying to research sales tax laws.  The most boring subject. Ever.

I’m planning to do a long post about what I’ve found – maybe all my research will help someone.  All I wanted was to open a simple online store and make a few dollars doing something creative.  I think the days of doing that are long gone.

In any event, I needed something to take my mind off the depressing subject of taxes.  So, I decided to play around again in Procreate and iColorama.  I still need to find time to sit down and watch some videos on using iColorama – I know I could be doing so much more with it.

I decided to take Mandala 12 and color it in Procreate.  I fiddled around with color choices, but finally ended up with this:

Digitally Colored Mandala 12When I drew the mandala, I thought the design was too simple, but I actually like the way it turned out once it was colored in.  I wanted a fall color scheme (though in my neck of the woods we’ve apparently skipped fall and gone straight into winter – brr!), so I chose some darker reds and greens and browns.

Although I liked the colors, I decided I wanted more depth – it just looked too flat for me.  So I headed over to iColorama and played around with several of the options in the program.  After several attempts, here is the final image:

iColorama Mandala 12I added a texture and another filter (I don’t remember which one), but I am happy with the result.  Now the image looks like an old rug design and it’s got some ‘feel’ to it.  The filter actually muted some of the colors, but I think that makes it look better.

After I get a chance to watch some tutorials on iColorama, I can’t wait to try it out using some of the mandalas I’ve drawn for my coloring pages.  Adding texture and ‘feel’ like this makes it seem like my designs are coming to life – so exciting!

Monday Mandala 14

Mandala_14I’m happy with the way this mandala turned out.  I wanted a leaf/floral/nature pattern and I think I incorporated some of those design elements nicely.

This mandala also looks complete, in contrast to some of my other recent mandalas.  I might even color this one to see what it looks like.  I think some of the design elements get lost in the black and white line version.

Monday Mandala 13

Mandala_13This mandala suffers a bit from my short attention span.  I did well with the inner layers, but couldn’t decide what to do for the outer layers of the design, so I think it ends up looking incomplete.

I was trying for a Southwest/Nazca/Native American feel, and I think I accomplished that with some of the layers.  Even though I don’t love every element of the design, I do feel my skills are getting better.

Monday Mandala 12

Mandala_12A lot of lines in this mandala – I’m still experimenting with elements and motifs.  I call it experimenting, but really it’s getting lost in the zone when I’m drawing.

This isn’t one of my favorite designs, but looking at it closely, I might feel differently if I colored it in.  It does have a lot of nooks and crannies for coloring.

The pattern feels too repetitive to me, even though I did that on purpose.  Maybe that’s why it doesn’t appeal – too many similarities.