Recently I decided to try a new drawing program – Autodesk SketchBook Pro. I had seen some other artists use this program (which is free to download, Bonus!) and wanted to try my hand at it and see how it compared to using Photoshop and Illustrator for digital art.

I must say that from the get go, it was quite user friendly and very easy to understand how everything works. After only a few minutes of playing around I was able to start creating, without having to watch any ‘how to’ videos or look up any features to figure out what this baby could do, again – huge bonus! Compared to Photoshop and Illustrator (Which I love but…) this is a huge advantage as I find a lot of things are not user friendly or intuitive so I can spend a lot of time playing around or researching when trying something new to find out how to get the specific effect I’m looking for. The other thing I immediately loved about Sketchbook was the tools at your disposal which are so transferable to physical art. By this I mean there is a huge range of brush types from Copic markers, water colour brushes and charcoal textures, so literally anything you create digitally can be reproduced physically, right down to the same Copic marker colour.

So, for my first real test of Sketchbook I decided to give Mandalas a go. I had always wanted to create Mandalas, but the version of Adobe software I have doesn’t allow me to create the symmetry to do this with any sort of ease. As soon as I saw that sketchbook was easily able to do this it was the first thing I wanted to do.


A mandala (Sanskrit मण्डल, “circle”) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe.

Commonly, a Mandala is a geometric pattern representing the cosmos, metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.

Wikipedia

I was able to experiment with various shapes, styles and number of symmetry divisions to create a range of unique mandala’s. Each one represents a different universe that I connect with in life:

Sunflower – Brightness

Sunflowers bring brightness to every garden. They are one of my favourite flowers and I love how they brighten up a spring veggie patch

Ferris Wheel – Relaxation

Carousel – Joy

Succulent – Cool

When creating this it reminded me of succulent plants (one of the only plants I can keep alive). I used cool toned colours to bring this one to life.

Water Drop – Radiating

Winter Rose – Unexpected sparkle

Do you like these designs?

Each design is available to purchase over at my Redbubble store on any type of merchandise you want.

I also have all 6 designs available as an A4 flash sheet at my Redbubble store as either a photo print or a Framed print, check out the links below for more:

Have you used Sketchbook Pro before?
How do you find using it?
What is your favourite feature of the program?

Leave a comment below to let me know!

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