Art Candy: 5 ways to create Digital Mandalas

May 10, 2018 at 10:16 am by Barbara Din

Art Candy: Digital Mandalas

Mandalas are super trendy, and have been for a while now.

It's understandable; they are mesmerizing. There's something about them that captivates our attention. Be it their symmetry, their color, their intricacy or just their overall harmony, they keep our eyes enchanted and coming back for more.

If we lookup the specific term, Wikipedia says: "A mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल, maṇḍala; literally "circle") is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe. In common use, "mandala" has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe."

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OK, but let's be honest. In this part of the world, the use of the word has spread to refer to any visual expression that has radial symmetry. There are many, though, that still respect the original definition.

In any case, they are something worth seeing and exploring, and this time I thought I'd show you some beautiful examples of digital mandalas being created.

With a lot of intention and a bit of experimentation, here's a typical monochrome mandala. Strokes with width variation are then edited to make pleasing shapes in a beautiful floral decorative painting style.


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The goal here was to make line artwork to color it later. Note the clever use of the assisting tools of the software to make more steady strokes, something needed when clean lines are the objective.


Here's someone who knows the art of ornament. You can throw a bunch of lines here and there randomly on the digital canvas and call it pretty, but it takes some knowledge and experience in folk art and ornamental art to know how to make this delicacy.


On the other hand, we have here a more experimental approach in a more painterly and sketchy style. The mesmerizing nature of making radial symmetry appear in front of your eyes allows you to loosen up if you want to try different brushes and visual relationships while having fun. Instead of just lines, there's also a bit of volume and shadows, which gives this one a different aesthetic.



Then, there's the super carefully and beautifully designed ones, where every element, every line, every color, has a purpose in the making of the whole. This is truly amazing work.


So, doesn't watching these video time lapses make you wanna try it yourself? Are you interested in knowing what programs will let you create these?

Let me know in the comments section: I might make an article about mandala making apps for Android (and/or software for desktop computers).

Also, would you like to see mandalas in traditional media? They are surely a treat to watch as well. Comment below!