Tibetan Mandala

Tibetan Mandala was one of my first large mandalas. The design is based on the traditional Tibetan Mandala format: a Teutonic cross embellished with symbols and geometric forms. In addition to the conventional elements of a Tibetan Mandala, I added symbols and structures of other cultures: I-Ching Hexagrams, architecture from Uxmal, Indian palaces and Sanskrit writing. These are meant to depict the universal archetypes of world religion.Tibetan_Mandala 8x10

Detail views:

This is the center of the mandala:

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Right side:

 

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Top:

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Upper left corner:

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Zororaster

This is a mandala design of pure geometry with four-fold symmetry axis, multiple layers of ink and Celtic knots. The woven, ribbon like structure in each corner is actually a single continuous strand. Over one hundred hours of design work and drawing was required to complete this piece.  This was also one of my first large mandalas and is the most complicated and difficult to draw. Zoroaster is a 14 X 17 pen and ink drawing, drawn using a .25 mm Rapidograph pen and black India ink. The initial design was created using a pencil, compass, ruler and protractor.

Buy archival prints of this drawing here.

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It’s hard to understand the level of complexity in this drawing without seeing the original in person. These close-ups might help you get a little bit of a feel for this incredibly complex mandala.

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Aztec Swastica

Before the Nazis stole the symbol of the swastica, it was a sacred symbol in many cultures. The word swastika comes from the Sanskrit svastika, which means “good fortune” or “well-being.” The motif (a hooked cross) appears to have first been used in Neolithic Eurasia, perhaps representing the movement of the sun through the sky. To this day it is a sacred symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Odinism. 

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Detail of this drawing:

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