Real Time Peacock Mandala Design

Real Time Peacock Mandala Design - student project


For this project, I wanted figure out how to balance shapes in a design and play around with colours to add extra elements. I decided to use a peacock as my design source as not only do they have beautiful colours in their feathers, when they open their train it resembles a mandala. A created a board on Pinterest to take note of the colours and shapes which I could adapt to my design.


Once I was happy with my research, I moved to sketching and planning out my idea. I choose to combine elements of floral shapes with the feather shapes found on a peacock's train. I created a layout of the mandala to work out how much space I had to play with and to figure out how the shapes would work in each piece and beside each other. I played with creating different shapes by overlaying circles and squares. 

Illustrator Design

When I finished my sketch and I moved to Adobe Illustrator. I divided the mandala design into four circles. This helped to figured out which shapes work best in each section of the design. I translated some shapes I had created from my original sketch and had some fun creating new shapes to help several sections work better. I worked with tones of white, black and grey to help me focus on the layout.

Adding Elements

Once I was happy with my illustrator mandala design, I started to added colour. I went back to my original research and choose my colour palette from the feathers of the peacock. I played around with colour combinations to create a balance and harmony in my design. I added strokes and gradients to add some extra details. When I filled in all the shapes, I moved on to create the body of the peacock by overlaying circles. I then positioned the peacock in front of the mandala and created a pattern of the completed design.

I had a lot of fun in the process of creating the mandala design and a big thank you to Helen for teaching me some new skills. I'd love to hear some feedback, so please let me know what you think.

An Irish designer playing with shapes and colour