Sketchbook – Volume 4

It took me about 10 weeks, but I filled up another sketchbook.  Most of the drawings in the sketchbook are mandalas.  Here are a couple of drawings that were not mandala, and several of the mandalas I really liked.

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August 25, 2018

Mandala - 1

Mandala 001

Mandala - 2

Mandala 002

Mandala - 4

Mandala 004

Mandala - 5

Mandala 005

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Mandala 010

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Mandala 019

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Mandala 031

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Mandala 038

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Mandala 051

 

100 Mandala Challenge – The Next Forty

I made it to Day 45 of the 100 Mandala Challenge.  Kathryn Costa’s book “The Mandala Guidebook“ challenged the readers to create 100 Mandalas in 100 Days.  I posted the first five, the next five, the next 10, the next 20, and now the next forty.  Do you see a pattern?

Below are some of the mandala that I like the best from 041 to 080.  All of the drawing for this challenge are posted on the 100 Mandala Challenge page.

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September 26, 2018

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September 27, 2018

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September 28, 2018

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Mandala 051

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Mandala 049

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October 3, 2018

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Mandala 048

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Mandala 061

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Mandala 064

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Mandala 069

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Mandala 074

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Mandala 080

Art of Concentration: Day 10

For today’s Art of Concentration drawing I decided to go with a more traditional approach.  By traditional approach I mean;  it was the way I normally drew and colored these type of drawings.  They contained either straight lines, squiggly lines, or both.

The Art of Concentration rules are:

  1. Draw lines on a page.  Straight line, squiggly lines, circles, squares, triangles, stars, it does not matter.
  2. Color every other section.  Start anywhere.  Use any color.  Typical you will only have a black pen, or a pencil, those are fine.
  3. If you desire, use multiple colors.  Sections of the same color can not touch.

The line drawing:

AofC traditional

In a meeting, a classroom, or a waiting room, you will typical only have a pen with one color – below is today’s line drawing colored in black and white.

AofC traditional color 1

You may be part of the special group that has many different colors pens on hand.  The largest box of Crayola Crayon contains 152 different colors.  The largest tin of Prismacolor pencils contains 150 different colors.  And, it is very easy to fine a set of 100 different color gel pens.  Sometimes, I have the urge to use has many different colors a possible in my drawings, like the drawing below.

AofC traditional color 2

I messed up today’s hand drawing, then I messed it up again, and then I messed it up a third time.  I should have been simple enough, but I was listening to water draining and was wondering why it was so loud.  I gave up and turned the tile over and started again.  Since today’s theme was traditional, I decided I would do a sample of my normal typical drawing.

Notice the curvy lines.  There are several lines that look like the cursive letter “L”.  Drawing the cursive letter “L” is a good pattern to repeat on the page.  The letter “S” and the music symbol Treble clef are also good to use.  Just keep the line flowing from edge to edge.

What I learned today with my mess up, coloring a section with a marker and going over it with a white Sakura gel pens, gave it a nice color.

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Sea of Algae

PDF version of the line drawing created in Corel Draw is available for download on the Coloring Page, or click here.

Art of Concentration: Day 8

I must be crazy for drawing so many lines on a page and than coloring them.  And, on top of it all, doing two drawings.  I must be crazy.  However, they were so much fun.

That is probably another rule of Art of Concentration – have fun.  Enjoy what you are doing.

The Art of Concentration rules are:

  1. Draw lines on a page.  Circles, squares, squiggly lines, it does not matter.
  2. Color every other section.  Start anywhere.  Use any color.
  3. If you desire, use multiple colors.  Sections of the same color can not touch.

The first drawing was a small drawing.  It has a simple flower in the middle with a bunch of lines going through it.

AofC flower x-treme

There are some many colors that could be added to this line drawing.  The first example started out as a simple black and white, but I could not leave it as that.  The gray background the flower jump off the page.

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The colored version is very busy, it draws your eye all around the drawing.  It reminds me of a out country kitchen pattern.

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Below is the hand drawing of the x-treme flower.  It was done on a Studio Series Artist tile with Faber Castell Pitt Pens and Crayola markers.

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Boxed Flower

Even though this Mandala started out as a sketch, I thought I could not do it justice on paper, so I put it in Corel Draw, increase the size to 8.5″ squared, and drew circles to the extreme.

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From the center, a beautiful flower appeared.  There are so many way this could be colored, so many possibilities.  After creating a bitmap and using Microsoft Paint to color it, below is the results at my first attempt to color the Mandala.  The black background made the color more vibrant.

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AofC Mandala

PDF versions of the today’s line drawings are available on the Coloring Page for downloading.  Starting with today, I will put the newest drawings at the top of the page.