How To Draw A Mandala By Hand | Rob.C . Art | Skillshare

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4 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Materials and Making Your Grid

    • 3. Adding Layers to Your Design

    • 4. Adding Ink and Details

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About This Class

If you love mandalas but are new to the craft or struggle to achieve the level of symmetry your'e aiming for then this class is perfect for you!

My name is Rob and I have spent years perfecting my skills when it comes to drawing mandalas and am super excited to share them with you guys and provide tips on how to create a hand drawn piece with a really high level of symmetry and precision. I'm going to walk you through every step of the process from start to finish so that you can all create beautiful pieces that you can be proud of!

 - In these lessons we'll first look at the materials needed to create a mandala and how to map out a grid for you design so that making it symmetrical will be super easy.

 - We'll then explore adding the layers to your mandala and ensuring each petal is the same shape and size all the way around.

 - Then finally we'll take a look at going over your mandala in ink and how to add details to your design!

If you've tried drawing mandalas before then this video will be a useful tool in improving your accuracy and if you're a complete beginner then the lessons you learn in this class will help you skip the months of struggles that I had at the start of my creative journey and let you create beautiful pieces from the very start!

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Rob.C . Art

Artist specialising in mandalas



My name is Rob and I am a mandala / watercolour artist from the U.K 

I loved art from a very young age and have always been obsessed with tiny detail work and super precise drawing. Having spent years aimlessly doodling patterns, in 2016 I finally discovering mandalas and was able to give a name to what I was drawing. Since then I've been totally addicted and I've spent years perfecting my craft on Instagram as and am super excited to be able to share some of these skills with you now through my classes. My designs have been used for everything from fabric design to stickers and album covers and I was lucky enough to have my work featured by the official Instagram page in 2019 as one of their featured artists.

Alongside mandalas I also love ... See full profile

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Drawing Fine Art Creative Mandala

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1. Intro: in today's tutorial, I'm gonna show you how to draw lefties. A nice traditional black and white, my dollar design. I've divided the concept into three sections, the first of which is gonna be mapping out the design. This is the longest section I'm probably the most important step went crazy because the more accuracy and symmetry you achieve nothing out. Most match for this movie. The second section of the cross is gonna be around, actually adding the latest video design and pencil, then finally go into detail shading. 2. Materials and Making Your Grid: So before we start drawing the Mandela first we have to make sure that we've got all the right materials and we'll start with the easiest first, which is the pencil. You want to go with an HB or to be, And this is because it has a very soft lead, which means when you draw and talk to the surface of the paper is gonna be a lot easier to about then. Second, you need a good quality compass. I like this one by helix because it's got an extension, which means that you can use the same compass toe when really small pieces on really large pieces. Next is the ruler. Any old rule? Do this. First, we're gonna use it. Teoh, measure out the paper and make sure that we can find the center of it. And then after that, we use it to draw out the angles of the Mandela. Next is the protractor. This is gonna help us measure of the angles of the Mandela. We want to be super precise with this part because that means that the Mandela is going to come up very, very symmetrical. And then, of course we need is a fine line of hands I use unique in fine liners. And that's because they're quick drying, which means that it won't smudge when your hand moves across the page and they're also waterproof. So when we do a class on my water cooler $9 we're gonna be using these as well. And then, finally, is a good quality white card on. I just built by moan and Amazon. I get a three so that I can use it for larger pieces. And then I can also just cut it in heart filling work on a four pieces, and it's important to make sure that has a smooth surface. That way, the equal glide nice and easily across the top on. Do you'll get various news lines? So the first step when putting pencil to paper is finding the center of our page. To do this, you're gonna take your ruler and measure along this longest side here. So for a four pieces, that's gonna be 29.7 and then you want to find the halfway mark. So again, free for that's gonna be 14.85 So a long day millimeters to 8.5 that make a little mark on the edge of your page, do the same on the other side. And then from these two points drawer a line, she got it lined up nice and evenly. But then again, to find the center of this point, you're just gonna measure its length divided by two so 21 centimeters across, which means it's gonna be 10.5. And that will make another little mark at 10.5. Next, we're gonna move on to measuring out the lines for actually drawing the Mandela. This is definitely the most important step in ensuring that you get completely symmetrical , so we'll go through it super slowly, step by step. First, you're gonna want to get your compass to the center point on, mark out a circle for how big you want you designed to be. And then after this, you want to get your protractor and make sure this central line matches up with the very center of the window. We're gonna do an eight side of Mondal a today, so you have to work out how to divide an entire circle into eight sections. So a circle as 360 degrees. We're gonna divide by eight, which means we're gonna have to make marks every 45 degrees on the tractor if you don't want to create more lines of symmetry or you have to do is divide each section by two. So each anglers 45 degrees. We're gonna divide that by two to get 22.5 and placed another lock. So the more lines of symmetry you have, the more accurate and symmetrically of $1 is gonna be. So in this case, I'm gonna do another line of symmetry in between these two, which means dividing that by two. So you're gonna get 11.25 and we'll make another mark every 11.25 degrees. So now what we have to do is draw a line that connects these two dots on opposite sides through the central point on Do the all the way around again. The more precise you are here, the more symmetrical your designs going to be 3. Adding Layers to Your Design: So now that we have a guidelines mapped out, we can start adding in the details to $1. The easiest thing to do for the center is to just draw a smaller circle, weaken, base all the petals around this. I just prevails in this because it makes for any to send to your designs. Once you have your first circle, do you want to extend your compass ever so slightly so that you can put a border around this? We're gonna put a border around each individual shape in this design because it makes ready to finish. Now, we've been starting in the pencils with $1. Remember, we divided each 45 degree sex into four different small exceptions betweens that each petal of the Mandela is going to cover four of these sections here. Draw half of your first battle like this, and then with your compass, you want to draw a line through the top. The vessel from where intercepts this line here. That way you can repeat the personal the way around and nature it's 100% symmetrical. - So at this point, you can really go anywhere you want with your design. You could, either. Adding another smaller petal here with these two. You can't stand these lines up, would you? Can get some of the same as we have again and drawn to the petal out like this. Personally, I'm gonna extend these lines up to here so we can make the petals larger than they are. Remember again, If you want these to be exactly symmetrical, we're gonna get your compass and draw a line through this point here on this point here, Do follow me on Instagram. You know, huge kind of putting spirals into my designs. So I'm gonna show you how I make sure that all of my spirals completely symmetrical we're gonna start here just anything. It off the battle on making cared shape up to the midpoint and then the spiral itself. We're gonna keep it between these two lines on. Just make it a circular as we can. Thank you. Bring it down from here and for me at the top of that metal. Now you have your 1st 1 mapped out again. We're gonna get our compass and draw the line at the top of this viral here on the bottom of it. Here and again just to make sure they're all symmetrical. We're gonna draw another line where the petal overlaps this line here. - Now we just have to keep adding layers until we reach the outside of the circle, and that's when we know we're finished. 4. Adding Ink and Details: At this point, you'll notice a lot of the line to still quite sketchy and rough, like this one here and now We're gonna be going over it in pen, so I wanted to be a lot neater, and the best thing you can do to achieve this is, rather than forcing your home to go in a particular direction, rotate page as you draw. I'm going to bring in a piece of scrap paper to demonstrate this. So if you have a pencil in your hand as you move your hand like this, it naturally draws in the camp like that. Same in the opposite direction whereas trying to force your hand on drug hurt. This way there's more difficult in your line isn't gonna be a smooth. So for this, for any lines facing in this direction will rotate the paper that way on any face in this direction. Make sure your hand is moving in the same direction. I'm just rotate as you go. - One she finished drawing away the outer lines. You want to just repeat that process? Do a smaller line on the inside of each individual shape and that was the Old State Nice and separate when they designed it all together into one big mess. Now that all the line work is finished, weaken, starting some details by design. If you'd like to add some dot work, it's best to start with the lighter areas first, then go into the dark areas afterwards. This waiting a nice smooth Grady in between light and dark. No feel free to follow. What on the do exactly what I'm doing with my design. I encourage you to try anything that you want. You can bring in seven colored pens to the work you can change using just pencil. You can use color pencils to everyone. - When it comes to adding details to the outer layers of the mandala. It's easier to do this with pencil first and then go over in pain afterwards. This is because the areas were shading or a lot larger, and it's therefore more difficult to achieve the same level of symmetry. Remember not to press on to harder the pencil or I'll be too difficult or about the marks. Afterwards, you can use your compass again to plot out where the details go and make sure that each section is symmetrical. once. He better all the detail. All that's left to do is we're about the guide marks on a pencil marks on Judah.