For this assignment, we were granted the task of creating a mandala. A mandala is a complex, geometric work that involves not only several different shapes and lines, but several different colors and value. Most mandalas have some sort of meaning behind it through the colors and shapes being used. My mandala represents my view on life. In the center is the yin yang sign, a clock, and a peace sign. These three things are the main focus of the piece because it represents how I try to live my life. I try to keep balance in my schedule, I try to make proper use of my time, and I try to maintain peace in every situation.

A mandala has two main characteristics; symmetry and color. Symmetry is the framework that establishes diversity and movement and, without it, would submit to chaos. There are three forms of symmetry; translation, reflection, and rotation symmetry. Although all three are essential to design, I mainly incorporated one form. Throughout my mandala are several examples of reflection symmetry, which were intentional. Whatever lines I added to one side, I mimicked on the other.

Color is what draws the eye. Its visual effect pleases the human vision. However, most people do not realize how much power color holds. The center of my mandala are in bright and vivid colors. To find a certain balance, I will make the background have more of an earthy and sensitive feel through earth tones to create an intensity change in my mandala.


About schinnery1996

My name is Shanelle Chinnery and I study Digital Media and Animation at Alfred State College. It’s my third year and the last time this bio was updated was on my very first day of college. I had ended off my previous bio with my desire to grow throughout my years here in Alfred State and with my senior year on the horizon, I’m glad to say I’ve definitely grown since that day. With the variety of classes and mediums I’ve experienced during these three years, I’ve learned what grasps my attention and what strays it away. I came into college with an unclear direction of what I wanted to do in my field and to be quite honest, I’m still not sure what direction I’m going in, but I have a better idea. I enjoy the storytelling aspect of animation, but then again I also enjoy animating in 3D and would love to explore the possibility of voice acting. While I’m uncertain about the exact route of my future, I still take great pride in the how much I’ve changed, art wise. I’ve gained knowledge and experience in endless number of programs I never thought I’d be able to work around, I’ve grown accustomed to digital art rather than traditional pencil to paper art, and most importantly, I’m just a better artist in general. I could say that is my favorite achievement and I can’t wait to see what my future holds in this field.
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