MOVING TO NEW SITE


I just wanted to let everyone know that I am not missing, instead I have ventured into the wonderful world of my own website!

http://www.craftyartistkc.com is now live. Although it is not completed, I am slowly transitioning my posts over to the new site. Please please please go check it out and subscribe via email. I will be adding a lot more ways to follow me, but for now, please subscribe via email.

Mandala Collection I (5 of 5)


So, the fifth and final mandala in this series. Good Lord am I tired. I guess I never really understood what all went into actually making a full collection. However, I am very happy  I completed this one. If you want to see the progression video for this one, you can find it here, on my YouTube channel.

You can revisit all of the previous mandala below:

Mandala Collection I, Mandala 1

Mandala Collection I, Mandala 2

Mandala Collection I, Mandala 3

Mandala Collection I, Mandala 4

I am going to get this collection scanned in and prints ready for sale. If you are interested in this set or one in this set, please let me know. I plan on making them available in 12×12 and 8×8.

As always, I would love to know your comments, questions and criticism on this project in the comments below! If you would rather send me an email, don’t hesitate at craftyartistkc@gmail.com.

Mandala Collection (4 of 5)


Because this mandala was on green gradient paper, I decided to make it look like a garden! I added as many organic elements that I could to make this piece come to life. I love every element that created this piece. Be sure to check out the progression video on my YouTube channel here.

If you want to see the first three in the series you can find the links below:

Mandala Collection I, Mandala 1

Mandala Collection I, Mandala 2

Mandala Collection I, Mandala 3

As you can tell, each one is different and yet they all have certain elements that bring them all together. I can’t wait to finish this series for you all.

What is your favorite part of this collection? Let me know in the comments below!

Mandala Collection I (3 of 5)


The details in this mandala were intense in some areas. I wanted there to be a fluidity in this mandala. I see so many things when I look at this mandala. I see a dog shaking its fur after a bath, I see a beautiful sprinkler in the spring and I see a fountain, bringing a park to life! I loved drawing this one, even though it took me just short of 6 hours to complete over two sessions. The white gel pen just makes the whole thing pop.

This is Mandala #3 of my first Mandala Collection. You can see the first here and the second here. I hope you enjoy this series as much as I have so far.

Don’t forget to look at the progression video found here on my YouTube channel!

As always, your comments and questions are always welcome below. I love hearing from all of you! Stay tuned for the 4th in the series.

Mandala Collection I (2 of 5)


If you missed the first mandala in this collection, you can find it here.  The first mandala was my first time using a white gel pen on one of my drawings, especially of this size. I liked it so much that I decided to use the same color pattern here. Black ink with white embellishments. This mandala immediately reminded me of a sunflower. As I built out, I realized that I wanted to try something a little different. I wanted to give depth to it. As a first attempt at this type of pattern, I was a little wary about how it would turn out because it is much like creating two mandala in one.

My solution to this problem was to create a detailed mandala and a simple mandala. This way one doesn’t overpower the other and both can be equally appreciated. I really like the way that it turned out and it definitely tested my abilities as an artist. But that is something that I truly enjoy about art itself.

Visit my YouTube channel to watch the time-lapse video.

If you have any pattern suggestions for the next 3, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment. I would love to try anything new. Stay tuned for the 3rd mandala in this series, coming soon!

Mandala Collection I (1 of 5)


I have decided that I am going to do a series of mandalas on 12×12 color gradient card stock. Once this series is done, I will be getting prints to sell. This mandala was completed with Staedtler pigment liners and a white gel pen. I worked on this mandala for a total of 8 hours over two sessions. This is the first time that I have ever used the white gel pen as a complimentary color on one of my pieces. I really like the way it turned out and the white actually made the entire thing pop. I intend to use this same technique with the next four mandalas in this collection.

Don’t forget to visit my YouTube channel to watch the time-lapse.

If you like what you see, please leave me a comment below. I am also very open to suggestions for patterns for the next four. My advice to you is try something you’ve never tried before, it just might be spectacular!

A Celebration of Love


lovecolor

Since it is the month of February, I thought I would work on two pieces that celebrate love. The one above is colored and the one below is black and white. The first piece was done with Staedtler pigment liners and Staedtler Maximum Gel Pens. I loved adding some color to it because it just flows so well!

The piece below was done with Sigma Micron pens only. It was just a decorative idea that I have had fluttering around in my head and it was nice to finally get it down on paper.

lovebw