What Have I Learned?

Here is the first mandala I published on this blog. I thought it would be interesting to compare it to my latest mandala and decide whether I can see any growth from the start to where I am now in my drawing.

This is my most recently published mandala. I am happy to say that I can see growth and development from where I started. My lines are cleaner, more distinct, and more assured. Even though this latest mandala is not my favorite, it does have a coherence that my first one does not.

It’s definitely been a learning process, and I’m still learning with each mandala I draw. Some day I’ll gather them all together and put them in a book.

Some day. 😀

Playing with Color

I spent some time this week playing around in Procreate with some of my mandalas. It’s always interesting to me to start coloring them in and see what works and what doesn’t. If I was just printing the mandalas out on paper and using colored pencils, they would all work.

But if I’m coloring them digitally (with Procreate or another app), sometimes how I’ve created the mandala causes issues when doing so. For instance, the net sections I left white above, because coloring them in using Procreate isn’t as easy as dragging and dropping the color like I do with most sections.

It’s a good exercise for me, so that I know when I create the next mandala what to do or avoid. Case in point – the circles on the inner layers of the above mandala. I used white to create them, so you can’t color them in digitally, because they are already white, even though it just looks like open space to color.

You can see the same use of white in this mandala to create the circles. Had I used the eraser to create the circles, the background color would show through them. Instead, you get this stark white on top of the layered gradient background.

An interesting effect, but definitely something I need to keep in mind when I am creating the mandalas. Draw and learn, right? 😀