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Mandala Pin

I'm so glad I found this class, been meaning to learn to use the pen tool for so long but it always looked like it would take forever to get the hang of.


I've been admiring the work of Travis Garner for a while now.


My favourite Apple Metal pin:

It's gotta be this one.



They're not exactly rough sketches, instead I went with a mandala I drew a couple of weeks ago to use as a guide. I've been wanting to turn a mandala into a pin for a long time.



I probably could have done a lot of copying and pasting with this image but I wouldn't learn much that way would I? So it's all been done with the pen tool from start to finish.


Getting to grips with the pen tool.


One problem I encountered was overlapping the lines I had previously drawn. I had no idea how to fix this other than expanding the lines and then erasing the bits sticking out.


Another problem was I kept ending up with these massive points sticking out next to some of my anchor points. I had to mess around with the postitioning of the anchors until I could get it acceptable but sometimes I had to settle with inferior lines.


Four hours later! The finished line work.

The Final Pin:

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I'm sure I could do better though. I tried adding dotwork shading to it but I couldn't find any way to do it that wasn't extremely tedious so decided to wait until I figure that out. I was thinking this pin would look awesome with gold. 



Now I'm gonna get practicing and see what else I can come up with! Thanks for the class Jon! 

If you want to see more of my hand drawn mandalas, check out my instagram

Thanks for looking!


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