Amaziograph

Amaziograph Logo
Amaziograph Logo

I’ve been drawing my mandalas with Procreate, which was one of the first drawing apps I came across for the iPad.  After I started drawing the mandalas, I discovered an app called Amaziograph.

It’s $0.99 on the App Store and is also available for Android.  The app is made specifically for drawing tessellations and mandalas.  After debating whether I needed to buy another app, I finally bit the bullet and bought it.  I mean, it was only $0.99 – so if I hated it, it wasn’t a huge loss.

I’ve had it for about a month, and honestly, I’ve only played around with it once or twice.  It does have some nice features for drawing mandalas.  With Procreate, I use the symmetry feature, but I only have the option for 2, 4, or 8 areas.  Amaziograph lets you choose the number of areas from 1-12.  So it’s possible to create some really interesting designs when you use an odd number (like 7).

Amaziograph First AttemptThis is my first attempt at drawing a mandala with Amaziograph.  It’s pretty rough in places, but I wanted to get a general idea of how it worked.  The design features are great, since they are made specifically for drawing mandalas.

However, I found I missed a lot of things I’ve grown used to with Procreate, including the auto-shape recognition, the two-finger delete, line smoothing, and the ability to change and fine-tune the brush options.  I think the line smoothing is what I missed the most, because I do have tremors in my hands sometimes, especially if I’ve been drawing for a while.

While I liked the ability to play with the number of areas, it did make drawing more difficult, because when using an odd number, things didn’t always end up connecting where I thought they would/should.

I’m not sure I’ll use it as much as I was hoping I might, but at least I got a chance to try it out and see if I liked it.  I still want to play around with some of the tessellation features at some point.  In the meantime, I think I’ll stick with Procreate.

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!

iColorama Experiment

I wrote before about buying the iColorama app for my iPad.  I haven’t had much time to learn its features, but I have spent a few moments here and there mucking about in it.

I know that many people color digitally, so I want to make my coloring mandala designs digitally friendly to appeal to as many customers as possible.

I took one of my Mandala Monday designs and colored it in with my Procreate app.

Mandala 10 Colored ProcreateHere’s what it looks like straight out of Procreate.  I just used the color bucket drag-n-drop feature to color in the various pieces.  I like the way it turned out, but I wanted to see if I could add to it using the iColorama app.

So I opened the colored mandala in iColorama and then started playing around with various options.  I had tried the paper texture previously and liked it, so I started with that.

Mandala 10 Paper Texture iColoramaI really like the paper texture – I can almost feel the ridges of the paper under my fingertips when I look at this image.  It still seemed kind of flat, though, so I kept trying other filters and options.

This is what I ended up with:

Mandala 10 Final iColoramaI wanted to share what filter I used, but I didn’t note it before I saved the image, and now I can’t remember. 😦  Getting older has its downsides. 😛

Even though I can’t remember what filter I used, I’m happy with the final result.  The image now pops and the paper texture I used makes it look like a photo of a physical art piece, which is pretty cool.

I’m definitely going to have to carve out some time to watch some tutorials on iColorama, because I think it will be an amazing tool to use with my designs.

Mandala Monday 9

Mandala_9I can’t believe I’ve already done 9 mandalas for Mandala Mondays!  I mean, I’ve drawn way more than that, but it seems like the weeks have flown by lately.

The older I get, the faster time seems to go.  Which is ironic, since in my experience older people tend to move slower.  Maybe they think they’re going fast, since time is relative? 😛

This mandala is kind of a mish-mash of things.  I was trying out different elements and seeing what I liked, what I didn’t, what I was good at drawing, and what I wasn’t.  The ones I create for Mandala Monday tend to be simpler and not as ornate as the ones I’m drawing for coloring pages (for obvious reasons).

I can sit down in front of the TV while my husband watches football and draw.  It’s actually relaxing and I can usually get at least 2 done in the course of one game.  I’m looking forward to challenging myself to keep this up as long as I can.

Consistency is key!

iColorama App

One of the blogs I read uses the iColorama app for digital art.  It looked intriguing and it wasn’t expensive ($3.99 if I remember correctly), so I bought it.  It’s not exactly what I thought it would be and it’s gonna take some time to learn it, but I can’t wait to play around with it.

My Procreate app is more like a scaled-down version of Photoshop for my iPad.  It uses layers like PS, it has a lot of the same filters and options as PS, and it works really well on my iPad, so it’s easy to take my drawing on the go with me.

iColorama doesn’t use layers, but it does have a lot of options for textures, filters, and the like.  I’m still figuring out how it works (hello, YouTube tutorials), but I’ve had fun just experimenting with some of the easy stuff.

(Side note – the iColorama app is the one you want for the iPad.  There is an iColorama S version out there that appears to be for your iPhone – make sure you’re getting the correct one for what you want!)

I tried out coloring one of my mandalas digitally with Procreate, but I wanted to see what I could do with the iColorama app.  Granted, I haven’t had much time at all to play with it, so I really just played with a couple of filters and textures, but it looks like a tool I will definitely use more once I understand how it works. 😀

So I took my Mandala 6 over into iColorama.  Here’s what I ended up with:

IColorama Paper MandalaIt’s the colored mandala I made in Procreate, but I added a texture filter in iColorama to make it look like this was colored/inked/painted on paper.  Pretty cool! Like I said, I still need to spend some time learning how to use iColorama, but I’m excited to have another tool in my box to use when I create.

Digitally Coloring Mandalas

I’ve been playing with various options with the mandalas I’ve created so far.  I’ve made a bunch that I’ve posted here on my blog, but I am also working on others that will hopefully go into my Etsy store for sale as digital downloads.

I wanted to see what some of my designs would look like if they were colored in, to make sure that the designs were intricate enough to be interesting to color.  I also experimented with different ways to color them in, since I want to give people options.

I took one of my favorite mandalas so far (Mandala 6) and tried a few ways.  I’ve been using my Procreate app on my iPad to create these mandalas, so I wanted to see what they would look like if I colored them in using Procreate.

I know many people have coloring apps on their phones and iPads, so I thought this would be a good way to see how well my designs worked doing so.

Mandala 6 Colored ProcreateI’m pretty happy with the results.  I think there is a good amount of detail in the design and that it works well coloring digitally.  I can see where I’ve made some mistakes in creating the design, but since these designs weren’t specifically created for coloring, I’m not going to worry over it too much.

It would probably look even better if I had used a variety of colors rather than sticking with a blue scheme, but I had a reason for doing that, which you’ll see in a later post.

I am also hoping to offer the option to purchase my mandalas (together or separately) as stickers, so I need to test out coloring them on sticker paper as well.  If nothing else, I’ve had a lot of fun creating the mandalas themselves, so I’m calling all of this a success! 😀

Mandala Monday

Mandala_2Since I got the Procreate app for my iPad, I’ve discovered one of the things I like to do is draw mandalas.  I found some templates that aid in drawing them and I’ve experimented with several of them.

I also discovered that the Procreate app has a function that lets you draw symmetrically, which helps immensely when I am creating a mandala.

So I decided that I would try to share some of them here.  Hopefully that will give me the push to keep creating and learning, plus I might be able to put some of them up for sale on my (so far theoretical) Etsy store.

This one has some mistakes, but I thought that made it more authentic.  That’s what I’m telling myself, anyway.  😛