Drawing Mandalas - Create Stunning Designs Using Your iPad | Robin Slee | Skillshare

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Drawing Mandalas - Create Stunning Designs Using Your iPad

teacher avatar Robin Slee, Let your inner artist out!

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Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

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Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Drawing Mandalas - Introduction

    • 2. What You will Need To Begin - Hardware And Software

    • 3. Getting Started

    • 4. Adding Banding - Building Up Your Designs

    • 5. Enhancing The Motif - Adding Visual Weight To Your Designs

    • 6. Adding Flow to Your Designs

    • 7. Detailing Your Final Design

    • 8. Exporting And Sharing Your Work

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About This Class


Creating art is no longer restricted to those that possess the 'talent'! With a detailed and logical approach, free template files and resources this course will help you to create your own unique Mandala inspired images in minutes.

Mandalas have their origins many centuries ago, where they were used as a way to focus ones attention into a single activity and offer a calming and relaxing way to express themselves using simple drawing tools.

Comprised of a central emblem or motive, surrounded by rings of concentric and repeating patterns Mandalas can be elegantly simple or intricately complex. This course is your complete guide to creating these beautiful works of art.

By following the step by step process outlined in this course, you too will be creating your own patterns. You will start out by creating a simple four-ring design. Followed by learning how to utilize the free patterns, all designed to inspire and simplify your creative journey. Finally, you will see how to apply 'themes' to your designs. How to get inspiration from some unlikely sources. And how to add color and life to your artworks.

So, come join me in learning this fun and rewarding past-time. I can guarantee that once you complete this course and begin creating your own Mandalas, you will find it both relaxing and extremely rewarding. 

Best of all, all you need to follow along is a pencil, some paper, a pen and optionally some coloured pencils.

Things you will learn in this class:

  • Master the process of creating mandala designs
  • Learn how to incorporate your own shapes, patterns and elements
  • Create appealing designs using the free included resources
  • Learn how to make designs that flow
  • Add color to your artwork
  • Personalize your designs with themes and styling
  • Relax and de-stress with a relaxing new hobby
  • Draw mandalas with confidence and personality.

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Robin Slee

Let your inner artist out!


Hello, I'm Robin.

I am a freelance artist working in the 'not so' sunny UK. I have been creating online educational resources and products for the last few years. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge with others and helping them to discover the artist within. Whether it is creature design, concept art or digital painting, creativity just needs an outlet. I am excited to offer my help and advice here on Skillshare to anyone who has a desire to create. So, I am looking forward to getting to know you better in my classes. So - Let's get started!

Warm regards, Robin.

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1. Drawing Mandalas - Introduction: Hello. Welcome to drawing man dollars on the iPad. My name is Robin, and I will be your guide through this cause by following the step by step process in this cause you to be able to create these amazing, intricate designs. We were started by creating some simple geometric designs. Then we'll move on to creating more advanced compositions using multi layer and techniques . In this course, I want to share my ideas, my inspirations on my techniques for creating my dollars on the iPod. I'm absolutely positive that once you begin to draw your own my dollar designs, you'll become as hooked as I am. This fun and rewarding hobby could be a great stress reliever. I have broken my process down into four stages. Stage One is to decide on what kind of motif or emblem used to use as the central element of your design. The second stage is to add what I call banding. This is your first layer repeating pattern around your emblem. Next we had our spokes, and finally we add our detail. My dollars have their origins centuries ago when they're used to focus one's attention into a single activity and offered people a calming and relaxing way to explore their inner self . Man dollars can be elegantly simple or suitably complex. This course is your guy to creating these beautiful works of art. So come join me in this fun and rewarding pastime. I guarantee they want you start creating your own designs, you'll become hooked. 2. What You will Need To Begin - Hardware And Software: welcome to follow along with this class, you'll need free things. First, you need an apple iPod. Next, your need an apple pencil. I find the apple pencil affords me a greater amount of control over using the finger, plus your need, an application called Amazing a Graph. You find this in the Apple App store, head on over, download to your iPod and once already, let's begin. 3. Getting Started: Now that you have downloaded and installed the amazing graph application, let's launch it on the iPad. If you're presented with this collections screen, then simply click the plus symbol to create a new graph. You have a number of options to choose from. We're gonna begin by using the to mirror kaleidoscope. Now you'll see a number of radiating lines. These are the mirror axes. If I draw a line on the canvas, you'll see how it's repeated. Using these lines as the center point we haven't undo on a reader to the top, right, you'll see this little circle. Within that you can choose to adjust the grid, the toolbar at the top of lives. You change the number of reflections that this design is going to use. One reflection would simply give you a mirrored drawing. 10 or 11 or 12 will give you quite a complex design, but it doesn't leave a lot of space for your own creativity. So I find the lower numbers of best. Let's start with to and I'm weaken Click done along the top. You'll see a number of options to change the brush size. We can go from brewery FIC to get in smaller and smaller. And then I find this line. We can also changed. Ho. Smooth or rough? The strokes are I didn't know, slightly blurry. Edged to your pencil strokes gives him a very subtle difference. Sometimes it's quite hard to tell, so I tend to leave this on the first icon. So let's pick a medium size brush. We leave. Our color set is black from the palate on will begin. By creating our motif, you can begin with any shape told you concur. Simply create a diamond that square or circular shape. I tend to find an organic shape works best, So let's consider creating some kind off floor or design. So flowers at their center they have this central area, which normally contains seeds. Using a slightly later lying, we can then drove red our basic petal shape, and you are noticing this configuration of reflections that will have to draw the second set of petals off to the side. 4. Adding Banding - Building Up Your Designs: So now we've created these valley shapes in between the major petals. This is where will add are banding. No, a banding is simply a repeated pattern. So we might like to create a simple, wavy pattern. All we might like to create the suggestion of smaller leaves. This then create a never valley in order to add more similar but slightly different elements. We can change opera size again, and we can add some basic details. We can also go back to our major arms, and we cannot the notion off some vain ing. Now. This design is very much centered around this 4/4. So let's introduce something which carries the Iight words. So it's had some smaller tendrils. Now, when you draw a line that you like, it will feel natural. If it doesn't feel natural, then simply a raise and redraw. Sometimes you want your designs to be slightly more complex, and you may draw things out of order. For example, if we wish to introduce a new, larger petal shape, it may overlap what we already have. No, depending on whether we want these patterns to be in front of our tendrils or behind. We can use the razor tool to simply raise either inside the shape or outside the shape. So, no, it is now how this has pushed those little tendrils back and again, we can add whatever detail we wish to these. 5. Enhancing The Motif - Adding Visual Weight To Your Designs: so that's focused back on our motif. This is central animal to the design, which carries the most visual. Wait, Now how you add your visual. Wait. Can I ever be through identity of details or through the placement off repeating patterns here, we're gonna create a simple teardrop shape radiated night from the center. Well, then fill in the gaps in between with whom or of the same pattern. Notice the change of angle. This creates some visual interest. If your design his feeling two. Vertical you can simply increase the elements sideways. You can also pinch and zoom if you wish to work on smaller details. So, for example, I might like to refine the edge off this pattern. They may also like to introduce and very light stippling working out towards the edge of this motif. This has the effect off, creating a little bit of dimensionality in your design. Stippling often works well when placed around the edge of a shape to give it the suggestion that it's bending or changing direction. Be careful not to go too dense with your stippling avoids your design can appear overworked or too busy on what we're zoomed in We can also use a small brush size just to raise some of these rounded edges to make them slightly sharper. We can also tie the apple motif and we can tie idea the outside of our arms and by raising back into our lines in this manner, we can create a very nice Victor Finn field. 6. Adding Flow to Your Designs: okay, so coming along nicely, I feel that we need a little bit more off this stippling just to help separate the's supporting elements from our main design. So by adding the stippling to our outer petals, were creating the notion that there are over a different texture, all that they are on a different plane would may also like to help unify, not designed by combining the lines from our motif into the outer edge off our of our major petals. And then, of course, we can come back in with the razor. I just tidy up the edges. So now we can see there's a lot more visual weight. Toe are central element, but it's looking kind of bland. So let's introduce some more details. We can introduce the idea off small circles as a banding pattern around the inside of our petals. Now, where we placed thes is purely up to you, and it's an aesthetic that you're begin to develop over time. Your own style will speak to you as you drew all these designs. And remember what numbers tend to work slightly better than even numbers. So quite a pleasing design so far. But I feel that we're lacking something on the outer edge, So I'm gonna be bold on literally. Let my arm try to find a nice line that works in this design. Now you may not get it first of all, so let yourself experiment and explore. Try not to over work or overthink these lines. Just let them flow from inside. Some lines will look better than others have. Some lions were just flow, so we can also use pattern in to help add interest on detail to your design. Any repeating pattern will also add weight to this element, causing the viewer's eye to focus in mawr on this part of the image. So be careful with your identity and your placement. Remember that spacing your patterns is Justus important as adding the pattern itself and slightly irregular patterns or regularities will add some interest to your design, helping them look hand drawn. Ondas If there is some deeper consideration given to what you've designed, so don't be too worried if your lines are not amazingly smooth. So know that I've added that putting in in I can see that these outer lion is no a smooth or doesn't flow with the design as much as it should, so we're just going to redraw that line now. We also feel that this line needs to have a little bit more weight, so we can just double up on the thickness of that line. And if we want to, we can use the razor to come back in. 7. Detailing Your Final Design: okay. So again, along coming along quite nicely, we can also create satellite elements. These are small shapes not attached to the main design, but helps us support it visually so we can use inverted teardrops. We can use swirls. Then we can use heart shapes. We can also use motifs or emblems that represents something personal to you. So, for example, you might like to try initials. Or you may like to art a flick of the wrist just to add a shape, which otherwise you may not have designed yourself. Had you fought about it in the first place, when you hit the line that looks the best. It would just feel not true, and that's where you can leave it, so I hope you'll give this example. A try on introduced some of your own elements some of your own personality, some of the things that make your designs different to mine. So you may like to introduce more sharper shapes or more petal shapes. There is no right or wrong way to create these designs. It's purely about how you want your design to look. And of course, we can keep detail in these for hours. on end, but at some point you need to say Enough is enough. Let's move on to the next design. 8. Exporting And Sharing Your Work: and to share your design, simply click on the tree ellipse. Ease on the top right hand corner, then click share, and I ever choose to include transparency. Or keep the image black and white. Click the share icon saved your camera roll or email to yourself once you've created your design, if you go back to your collections or your galleries, then you're see your design available. You can click edit, select your design on again. Either choose to share duplicate movinto a folder or delete. If you wish to duplicate your design, this will save your original. Then you can open up your your second copy and you can go in on a try out something new. So perhaps you didn't like the hearts on. Perhaps thes 10 drawers were not your like in, so you can simply raise thes and then try something new and again. When you go back to your gallery, you'll have the two variations. I kind of prefer the first, so I'm gonna select and delete and confirm