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The Art of Mandala Drawing: Create Geometric Patterns

A course by Lizzie Snow
Visual Artist. Auckland, New Zealand.
Joined June 2020
, Visual Artist

Discover the meditative practice of mandala drawing by exploring ink techniques like hatching, line work, and stippling

  • Best seller
  • 98% positive reviews (284)
  • 8116 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Discover the meditative practice of mandala drawing by exploring ink techniques like hatching, line work, and stippling



  • 98% positive reviews (284)
  • 8116 students
  • 16 lessons (2h 6m)
  • 19 additional resources (10 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Mandalas have a deep history connected to meditation and spirituality, dating back centuries throughout the world. They’ve been used as visual representations of energy, waves, or sound in science, and as a form of self-expression in art therapy. Over the last decade, visual artist Lizzie Snow has been using them as her way to convey her admiration of nature in her artwork.

Embark on a contemporary exploration of the mandala and discover the relaxing practices of its drawing techniques. In this course, Lizzie guides you to create striking mandalas through the use of ink, symmetry, and mindfulness.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Background: Meanings and Definition of the Mandala
  • U3
    U3. Preparation
  • U4
    U4. Creation of the Final Artwork
  • U5
    U5. Final Touches and Digitalizing
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin by getting to know Lizzie. Hear about her artistic journey and see some of her artwork. She shares her sources of inspiration, like nature, literature, and music, and how they manifest in her work.

Get a deeper understanding of mandalas by learning their history. Discover their various uses around the world, in nature, science and psychology. Explore the origins of mandalas and how they can be a guide for self-reflection.

Go through the materials needed before practicing different drawing methods and exercises. Lizzie shares a custom template to help you practice techniques like hatching, line work, stippling (dot work), and layering. Learn how to create patterns and see how to work with negative space in your drawing. Then, get inspired and create the concept for your mandala.

Dive into your artwork and start drawing your final piece. Learn how to draw a grid template as a foundation before sketching your design in pencil. Give your mandala shape by tracing over your sketch with ink. Once the line work is complete, add depth and detail with shading and balancing the negative space.

Wrap up the course by adding the final touches to your work. Hear Lizzie’s tips and tricks for photographing your work in the best light. She also shares her process when digitizing her work ready to print or share on social media.

What is this course's project?

Create an original mandala with ink and drawing techniques.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone interested in mandala drawing or would like to improve their ink techniques.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is necessary.

To take this course, you need a surface to draw on, like an illustration board or thick paper; ink or paint, a pencil, ruler, eraser, and a protractor or drawing compass. Access to an iPad with Procreate is optional but helpful.


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Lizzie Snow

A course by Lizzie Snow

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Visual Artist

Lizzie Snow is a visual artist based in New Zealand and Canada. With a wide online following, Lizzie is known by her artist name, fortyonehundred. By the time she graduated from university, she had already become a full-time artist having done a number of exhibitions, international commissions, collaborations, and set up her own online shop.

Her work is inspired by fractals and patterns found throughout nature. Lizzie has collaborated with brands like Apple, Lululemon, Converse, Peugeot, TopShop, Blunt Umbrellas, Roy Henry Vickers, AllBirds, Whittaker’s, and more. She has also done a number of solo and group exhibitions throughout New Zealand, Canada and the UK.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Background: Meanings and Definition of the Mandala

    • Introduction to the Mandala
    • Mandalas Around the World
    • So, What is a Mandala?
  • U3

    Preparation

    • Materials
    • Drawing Exercises
    • Concept and Inspiration
  • U4

    Creation of the Final Artwork

    • Setting Up the Grid Template
    • The Pencil Sketch
    • Drawing With Ink
    • Adding Detail & Depth with Shading 1
    • Adding Detail & Depth with Shading 2
  • U5

    Final Touches and Digitalizing

    • Final Touches
    • Photographing Your Finished Artwork
    • Digitizing Your Finished Artwork
  • FP

    Final project

    • The Art of Mandala Drawing: Create Geometric Artwork

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The Art of Mandala Drawing: Create Geometric Patterns. Illustration course by Lizzie Snow Best seller

The Art of Mandala Drawing: Create Geometric Patterns

A course by Lizzie Snow
Visual Artist. Auckland, New Zealand.
Joined June 2020
  • 98% positive reviews (284)
  • 8116 students