Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Mandala Design

This mandala is created from the inside out, using the oil pastels to create unique shapes of color that fit together adn fill the space, building from the center.

The outer edge of the mandala form provides a guide for the outer most shapes. This sort of building with shapes of color is often attributed to the "design stage" of drawing development.

The design stage typically precedes the representational stage. However, the stages are non-linear and tend to mix and overlap. Here, the artist adds a flower, a representational image.

In the finished image, the flower also becomes part of the design, a sort of hidden picture. The shapes around its form are filled in to add to the overall design.

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