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.