What is a Mandala?
Well, there are many definitions of the mandala. According to Wikipedia, a mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe.
The word mandala itself comes from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit, When translated, mandala means "circle", though mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself — a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds.
As an artist, I have my own vision and definition of a mandala. To me, they are a visual representation of the soul. I believe our souls change constantly based on what we feel or experience, which is why there are so many different versions of them and why each and every one of them is so unique.
Sources: The Mandala Project, Wikipedia
What is your process?
My process is very simple: First, I choose my medium, usually paper or wood. Then, using a pencil, a protractor and a compass, I make several marks to help me make my mandala as symmetric as possible. After that, I randomly start designing my mandala in layers, from the middle out, all in pencil. Once I'm happy with the design, I go over everything with drawing pens and add the final touches. Boom!
What materials do you use?
I believe that high quality art should be made with high quality materials, so that's what I use. I have experimented with a variety or mediums, brands and there's really not a right or wrong, just what feels right to you. If you have any questions about materials, feel free to shoot me a note, I'll be happy to help!
Media: Wood panels, gesso panels, paper
Drawing supplies: Pencil, drawing pens, permanent markets, acrylic markers, compass, protractor, eraser
Varnish: I use a spray varnish on top of the artwork to protect it
How long do these pieces take you?
It really depends on the size of the piece and the level of detail. I'd say anywhere from 2 to 24h. That's not including walls, obviously. :) My wall took about me 4 months from prep to finish.