Do you want to make some good Mandala on your Procreate? Traditionally creating Mandala or Kaleidoscope is quite tough. You need to focus on each part to make it look the same.
Especially when it comes to creating a perfect circle and you do not have a compass nearby, it gets tougher. You may also get a panic attack. Let’s be honest, drawing a perfect circle by hand is tough.
Make Mandala or Kaleidoscope on Procreate
If you want to create a Mandala on Procreate, you better switch on the drawing guide and use the radial symmetry feature.
What happens then?
If you turned on that, your canvas would be divided into 8 slices or pieces. Whatever you wish to draw would immediately be mirrored and copied in the other slices.
This way you can create a dope-looking mandala or kaleidoscope. People may think it took hours, but you know the real deal.
It is fun to do Mandala art once in a while. It is relaxing for sure. I have been obsessed once I found out about it.
To know more about dope-looking Mandal art scroll to know! Let us jump right into it.
How to use the Symmetry Drawing Guide to make Mandala?
After activating the symmetry drawing guide, there is a lot of importance to it! Best of it is: –
- When you draw a single object, it gets mirrored to the other slices. I already mentioned this, but there is more to it.
- After you are done drawing the object and want to color the object, all you have to do is drag and drop the colors.
- The colors would immediately be copied to the other objects.
- For example, you drew a square, and it is mirrored to the other slices. You drag and drop the colors. Thereby, all the squares that you right then would get the same colors.
- This is beneficial as it saves a lot of time. Plus, you do not need to drag and drop the same color to each of the objects.
- To add more context to it, if you draw a triangle right beside the square, it is copied as usual. But when you drop the colors, it would not get mixed with the squares. This feature is exceptional.
- However, you want to do different colors for all of your objects or have some preferences for each of them. You can click on the layers panel and turn off the assisted drawing feature.
The Symmetry Drawing Guide feature is highly recommended to anyone who wants to do Mandala!
Now, to the process: –
- You need to click on the Action Menu.
- To open Action Menu select the wrench from the top left.
- Select the “Canvas” option.
- Turn on the Drawing Guide
- Following that, click on, “Edit Drawing Guide.”
- You have to select “Symmetry” instead of “Perspective.”
- Click on, “Radial” not any other one.
- You need to turn on the, “Assisted Drawing” option too.
- After this, you are good to go!
By the way, how can you turn it off?
Well, when you turned it on, there is also a moment where you have wanted to turn it off. But if you already tried to do this, and you failed, this is mainly because both the processes are different.
Take a quick note: –
- When you turn on your drawing guide, the assisted drawing feature also gets activated. But when you turn off the “Drawing Guide” feature, it might not be the same case.
- If you turn it off, the Drawing Guide feature would be turned off and the symmetry would be gone. However, the Assisted Drawing feature would still be activated. And it means that you would still draw in symmetry.
Yes, turning on the Symmetry Drawing Guide differs from turning it off! To do so, and avoid and far mistakes, here’s how to do it: –
- Click on your layer panel.
- Select the layer where “Assisted” is written. This shows that the feature is active on the layer.
- After selecting, click on settings.
- You will see an option called, “Drawing Assist”. You want to click on that and turn it off.
Voila! It is off and now all your problem is solved!
There is something you need to keep in mind while doing a Mandala.
Use the correct color palette! Use fewer colors!
If you are a beginner. Let me tell you, selecting few colors is your cup of tea. Someone who did Mandala already knows about this concept.
I would prefer you to select a contrasting background. Like Black or White or Creamy. I prefer to either be it at the light gradient or the dark.
Light background can give you Mandala the pastel look that you want. It is usually calm and less chaotic. Going with a darker color helps your neon colors to pop up.
Both have their unique abilities. Now to the color portion, you want to stick with 3-4 colors, and this can be tough. Unlike traditional ways, we have our limits. Unless you want to purchase an entire set of Copic Markers, which is usually not the case.
The problem with digital art is that there is a color wheel. You have no limits, you can select whichever color you want. You can drag and select anything.
And this is a HUGE problem as you will not be having any limit. But it also makes your art look chaotic. Select 3-4 colors for your Mandala. It would be hard at first, but you will get used to it.
The hard part is that you would think that in a part other colors would suit that. And well, that color is not in your color palette, so you end up with a chaotic piece. You do not want to do that, do you?
In this modern era, it is easy to learn a skill or skills. You can watch online videos and classes that would help you. Nothing is truly impossible in this era unless you do not want to do it.
Having this ability to choose limited colors, trust me, is GREAT! I still have difficulty doing that, but we all are coping with it.
It is TOUGH, but not IMPOSSIBLE!
What are your final thoughts?
It is fun to just sit and draw Mandala. I am pretty sure that nothing would calm you down as Mandala. There are huge possibilities with it and is fun to do.
The part that is funny to me is that the end product is very impressive. Maybe you would not find it as you are sitting in front of that piece for quite a long period.
But trust me, when others see it, I can assure you of some good comments. This may be a little out of the topic, but it is always good to show your drawing to someone else, maybe your near ones!
It is quite logical, when you sit in front of a drawing for a long time, you get used to it. Eventually, you do not see many flaws, isn’t it? When a fresh pair of eyes see it, he/she can point to something. You can get that constructive criticism and improve it.
Another possibility is that the person appreciates you! Same case, but the other way around. You feel that your art is stuck in one place when you work on it for days. And when others see, they would usually like it even though you may not.
The last one happened quite often. It somewhat normal for me to think that my art is not GOOD ENOUGH. And I am sure I am not the only one. The best way to cope with it is to think it is a journey, not a roller coaster. Also, you can download Procreate App for Windows.
Let us know in the comment section about your thoughts and opinions on this matter. Until that, Keep creating and give your eyes some rest. They need it!