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Mandala Drawing 101 - The easy and fun way to learn mandala drawing basics

teacher avatar Ana Taskov, Urban Spiritualista

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. 1. Introduction

    • 2. 2. Materials we will use in this class

    • 3. 3. Browse for Inspiration

    • 4. 4. Laying out the Grid

    • 5. 5. Filling in the Grid - Mandala Drawing - Part 1

    • 6. 6. Filling in the Grid - Mandala Drawing - Part 2

    • 7. 7. Final Touches

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About This Class

Hello and welcome to Mandala Drawing 101 - The easy and fun lesson that will help you learn the basics of mandala drawing! 

In this class, we will draw a black and white mandala (but feel free to use any color of your preference) and you will learn how to:

- create a Mandala layout,

- what are some basic mandala patterns and

- how to implement these basic patterns into your drawing.

Drawing mandalas and zentangle art don't require extraordinary artistic skills, but the understanding of a framework and a basic drawing technique. That's what we will be covering in this class.

Once you learn how to prepare and create a layout, everything else becomes a play! ;)

By drawing mandalas you improve the focus, calm or unwind your mind and have endless options to express creativity. 

Upon finishing this class, you may also check the more advanced classes about drawing coloured mandalas, drawing on different surfaces etc.

Looking forward to seeing you in the class! 

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Ana Taskov

Urban Spiritualista


art & tech enthusiast
silence & music lover
bookworm & mingler
introvert & extrovert
finding balance btw

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1. 1. Introduction: Hello. My name is on the cash cope, and I'm a product designer and illustrator. I have been drawing pattern art for many years now, and that really helped me improve my own focus and express my own creativity. So then So I decided to share my skills and so shared techniques that I use for Mandela drawing and entangled drawing in order to help other people to get grasp off the fundamentals off Mandela drawing and sent angle growing and to help them express their own creativity. So I'm really looking forward to see you in this glass. And I'm really looking forward to see your project, so let's stop him. 2. 2. Materials we will use in this class: Hello, guys. The first thing that I would like to go through are some of the materials that we will use in this class. The first thing that you will need is one white paper. The next thing is a pencil. I usually use technical pencil because it's sharp and it's 10 and it's easier for me to draw. However, any pencil will do the work, so just sharpen it well and it will be great. The next thing that you will need is any kind of a teen, black pen or kid in black marker for this class. I'm using fine liners, so feel free to use fine liner as well. The next thing that you will need is a compass. Some people draw Mandela's Freehand. However, I like to draw concentric all circles with a compass because it's easier, and for the beginning it will give you a little bit of confidence. So I highly recommend it to use a compass, and one more thing that he will need is a ruler 3. 3. Browse for Inspiration: Okay, so now when we know which materials we will be using in the class and before we dive in into drawing, I would like to encourage you to actually go out and browse for some inspiration. I usually use Pinterest because it is the platform with the easiest way to find other people's ideas and work. And, um, don't worry. Ah, you will, in the end, actually, give your own final touch toe every drawing. However, since this is pattern art, um, it is really good, too. Find other people solutions and other people's ideas. Um, as you can see here, I opened several tabs with different kinds of patterns that all of them you can use and combine together. In the beginning, I usually recommend people to use some standard shapes, like leaves and crowns. Ah, half circles triangles or maybe some, in some cases, squares. As you can see here, you can combine. Many comment different elements within one element. So if you draw crown, you can add so many different things inside of it, like dots, dashes, another leaves, triangles or whatever you feel like adding, Ah, let's see, What do we have here? We also have some kind of grounds. Sometimes you can leave them blank. Sometimes you can feeling with color. Ah, you combine with different stripes, so feel free to experiment to, um, at different details. Um, like waves or Yeah, you can see here some people are fishes, Um, with pattern art. Um, whatever kind of element you decide to put on your drawing and repeated for several time in damn, it actually looks pretty good. So feel free to browse I The terms that I usually use our mandala patterns ors entangle pattern. So you can see here that there are different things, like waves or drops or combined squares circles. Yeah, Yeah, As we go through the process of drawing, I will give you some more ideas. However, before we start, you can go and search for your own ideas. You can draw them on paper to have it besides you while you're drawing. And you can also of course, always have the Pinterest or Google opened 4. 4. Laying out the Grid: So the first thing that we will be doing is laying out the grid. First step is to find the central point of the paper. Since I'm using a four paper, um, my central point will be the meeting point between the, um, horizontal and vertical lines and the middle off the horizontal and vertical line. So I will measure the middle off the vertical line first and for the A four paper, it's somewhere around 15 centimeters it somewhere around here and 10.5 when it comes to the way. So it's somewhere around here. The central point is this point. After determining central point, we will draw course concentric circles that will be actually the basis off the Mandela layout. Um, I encourage you to, um, choose the space between circles randomly. What I like to do is to put several circles that are quite close, that want to each other and then just one second. There is one trick when your compass starts to slide. Sometimes it's easier toe roll the paper around, and you can put the more precise circle. So, um, let's go with another one, especially when it is close to the center. The compass tends to slide, so this'll way you can fix it. And then, by rotating the paper, you draw a nice circle. And don't worry. If you make any mistake, it can be really easily fixed on in the end. This is a pencil, so you will probably delete the greater we raised a great officer. You're feeling the blanks, so just well around and draw circles as you feel it. When you draw circles that are quite close to each other, it is a really nice place to put a ring with smaller details. And when you make space like larger space in between, then you can put some larger details inside, and that way you can make some sort of dynamic. So placing a ring them, maybe placing one or two circles that will contain larger details than you place a rain once again, but don't water. Everything will come naturally when you start throwing, so just do it randomly. No, When we finished with the circles, it's time to trace the grand. So the first lines that are the easiest to trace our vertical and horizontal line. The angle upon the cross should be 90 degrees. So, um, I have a ruler with a protractor. If you have any kind of a protractor, it is really good to use it, and I usually put I usually trace the grade by 10 degrees because the the the higher level off details or the more detailed the great is it is easier for you to feel in, actually, the Mandela later Ron. However, if you don't have protractor, there isn't really an easy way. Teoh determined the half off the angle by determining one line off one circle and points where this circle crosses the vertical and horizontal. From there, you just trays this angle, and from another side you trays the same. And that's your meeting point so you can do this on both sides. You don't have to do it from, um, from for a while four sides, because now we will connect this point with the central point so it will just trace it throughout the whole circle. Be sure if, for example, my ruler is a little bit bendy, so be sure that it is placed on the paper throughout the whole with, so we'll do it like this and another side so you can go into depth as much as you can as much as you want. Um, let's dio one more. I will trace it for this half off the circle, and then I will transfer it to another half. And don't worry, Eve. This one is a little bit trickier. Let's do it from here. The wider circle is, the more difficult it is. So you have toe sprayer to the compass. Just say, Let's see from here on here, here and now, it's time to connect everything. And don't worry. If your grade looks a little bit messy in the beginning, it will be completely find after your stars feeling in with marker or with colors. So after that, you can also raise all the pencil trade marks and traces, so it'll look good now. You connect central points with points of the ankles too marked, and this is our agreed that is ready for filling in 5. 5. Filling in the Grid - Mandala Drawing - Part 1: let's begin with the most exciting part of the class now and the most creative part. Um, I have two papers here so that it would be easier for me to show you on another paper on how to actually start to fill in the grid. Is we mentioned in the video about finding the inspiration? There are many elements that you can use to feel end is grid when it comes to the center off Mandela, I'd really like to use leaves because these angles here are pretty small and tight. So what I like to use their are any kinds off, believes or maybe triangles. You can also put one circle or a market with marker so that it becomes a ring. However, let's begin withdrawing leaves inside. If you feel more comfortable, you can also draw with pencil first, feel it in the details with pencil on and Officer Dad do. You can trace over with marker, so let's do our first part. This is our beginning when it comes to other details. It's really nice when you have any kind of elements. It's really nice to start to connect them, so people Drummond dollars from the outside in, However, I think that it is really easier to draw from the middle to Theo outer circles. Um and yeah, let's let's see, what kind of elements can we implement here? If this is the line that is going around in circle, you can put ah lot off half circles. Then, when you have half circles, you can put a lot of stuff inside. You can put another half circle that you leave blank. You can put half circle that you feeling with thoughts. You can pulled half circle that you feel in with dashes. You can fool toe, have circle and then place when bigger dog inside you can put a triangle. You can put the triangle on, fill it in. You can put a square. You can put two squares inside or place any kind of dots. You can also do Dodds only at the top. You can put a leaf inside, or this is like a teardrop or Baisley. You can put a dot inside of it. You can put horizontal or vertical dashes or do whatever you feel like doing. That's why it is really nice to look out for the inspiration because he will gets new ideas on how to fail in the grade. And you have so many combinations and variations, so just feel free to experiment. Another element of that is really nice to use is a crown. And, uh, this shape is easier to draw when you were actually doing it in the circle because you have all thes marks and all these lines that are already traced. So, um, it is easier to draw this precisely when you have not here, not here, and the line that goes in the middle and great that is placed in the circle. Then you just connect the dots so the same thing goes with crowns. You can draw smaller crown inside or a pin drop. Have circle that you can, for example, completely feeling you can draw a circle. You have to go with the daughter inside and failing on Lee the place or the space around. You can put a crown and then put dance inside, so there are really, really endless options on how you can feeling the great, so experiment. Have fun with it, explore your creativity. And don't worry. If you make a mistake, just you can start over. You can try toe a mask it if you put the line, that is, uh, accidentally you put some line that you didn't like. You can always, um, mask it by feeling in this place here. And then when you project it into every part, it really becomes nice. It looks nice. And every pattern that is repetitive since it is mirrored everywhere. Uh, it kind of gives the Mandela really my slow canned. It's aesthetically to connect things. It's really good toe The start from the meal point off the last element. So since we have leaves here, I will. I will the connect the middle part off every leaf. I can trace it like this. So then I will do it with triangles. I decided that this circle will be the circle I will connect it with now. So you just go around and connect. I would really like to see your progress. If you want, you can upload the greed and basic layout before you even finish the whole drawing so you can just upload progress and maybe ask for some advise or tapes, or you can upload it just for the sake of sharing it um, now that we have this corners here, it's realized to fill them in with baseless. I really like the Baisley shape because it is nice. It is around. It has seen in many beautiful part turns. So you can just start feeling in you decided, For example, DC is the circle until which I will go and then you start drawing pace, please. All around there are two approaches. Two basic approaches when you started drawing. The first approach is to add details as you go so you and small details each circle at a time. And when you start growing more complex, Mandela's you can, uh, first trays, son shapes better, quite larger. The important thing is that you project if you decide that you will draw an element within these two, the splits, then you just projected the same element all over the circle and all over the Mandela. One other thing that is really important when you are projecting and when you're deciding in how many splits, the element will be contained. For example, if you decide that you will place something that will be in three splits, then you should calculate if there will be space for if there's an even number off the split. So if this circle is divided by tree, then you can do it. However, in this case, I think that this circle is not split in the way that we can put elements in three splits. So I will do it with you so you can do it like this. Your place Belief connecting to splits. Then you go for the next splits and you start drawing a flower. So always be aware off Communists, please, do you have And how many splits do you actually decide to connect? Scanned If you can spread everything evenly throughout the circle by connecting splits. In this case, you can also connect four splits so you can go and drawing one big ground like this. Then you just trace where your crown should be. If this is the outer circle, then you're just place it here and you go and connect. So these are the big elements that you can afterwards start to fill in. Let's go. This is the outer circle. So let's find it. It's here, a convict and one more this here connect. When I was talking earlier about the rings. What I met is if you trays the whole circle around one circle and then another circle. That's why it is really nice to do it when they are close. So I usually draw rings If there. If the circles are close next to each other and then you can start adding some thoughts inside on, it will give this element really nice. Look off a ring. When you do it old all around, you can start adding some other details, like you can add dogs inside of the drawing. Or you can even just start and painting everything around this circles so it it becomes more visible ring. As I said, there are so many options on you should just go and play around and added details. This is not something that should be fully precise. You just go and play and make mistakes. You will be able to either correct them or to start over and play again. So when you finish, I would really like you to upload your work and toe, upload your project. As I said during the project, you can also do it, so just start and play around and feeling, and I'll see you in the comments 6. 6. Filling in the Grid - Mandala Drawing - Part 2: 7. 7. Final Touches: So now did you finished with feeling in the grade and feeling into details? You can start adding some final touches, like filling in the blanks or painting something with marker or shadowing it with pencil. You can as well leave it, Andi. Keep it simple. So both ways look really nice. It's up to you to experiment on, uh, enjoy practicing.