December 20, 2017
Dala Art line drawings to download and use when playing with different color schemes!
Both Mandalas and Dalas are fabulous designs to use when experimenting with different color schemes as well as for exploring the nature of pigments when using a limited palette. Painting color wheel after color wheel is tedious, boring and feels too much like practice rather than painting.
I converted the dala into a digital image by tracing it on the Slate.
An unexpected bonus of the Slate is that it captures the progress of the drawing and exports it as a time compressed video clip. Pretty cool! Here are a couple of the videos.
Near the end of this clip it shows the lines being erased. I had been cleaning up an area where I was testing the pen and I forgot to put the controls back to being a pen rather than an eraser when I tried to touch up one small spot. After seeing I had erased a lot of lines on the digital image, I had to retrace the lines again.
Why am I doing this?
When teaching color classes, I focus on color, not drawing. Though I love teaching how to create magnificent color wheel mandalas and playful dalas, it requires too much of workshop time to have the artists create their designs in class.
Two weeks ago I received an early Christmas gift from Tom, an ISKN SLATE. This is exactly the tool I need to convert my existing dalas into digital line drawings. Artists will be able to choose and print (on watercolor paper) the images they want to work with in class, if they decide not to draw their own.
Though there are still a few kinks to work out, I think the Slate is the answer to getting the job done without robbing me of the time I need to create new work.
Ceramic Salt Shakers – ink and watercolor dala
Converted line drawing
One minute video clip
Please take a look through the Mandala / Dala gallery and let me know what designs you would like converted into downloadable line drawings to play with color schemes. I plan to have twelve images available by the end of January 2018.
Thank you for taking time to follow my journey as an artist.