Steps for drawing a Mandala

Here is the progression of a simple mandala done on mixed media paper and a .5 marker. This is just a simple drawing, it took a bit longer to document the whole thing. Maybe I’ll try a more complex one again, when I have daylight so I can get better pictures.

I often draw these without the pencil lines but of course I kept getting all messed up since I was trying to document the process. The compass lines help keep everything together.

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It can be messy in the beginning and you can fix things as you go.

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I add tic marks before drawing the petals.

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I added some shading to the first row of petals.

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Adding details like dots and accent lines.

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Erased the pencil lines and darkened lines and added accents.

 

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