Mandala Fun - Photoshop Contest [28 entries]

Stone Circles Picture

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We've had this contest as a digital drawing a year ago. Now it's time to get out all your photoshop tools to create the most complex and amazing mandala you can think of! Your creation is not limited to pure drawing... external sources can be used to build it.

The meaning of mandala comes from Sanskrit meaning "circle." Even though it may be dominated by squares or triangles, a mandala has a concentric structure. Mandalas offer balancing visual elements, symbolizing unity and harmony.

The meanings of individual mandalas is usually different and unique to each mandala. The goal of the mandala is to serve as a tool on our spiritual journey as it symbolizes cosmic and psychic order. Your challenge is to create your very own mandala. Here are a few examples.

Status: finished. Check out the winners below!
Suggested by: EmiK

jawshoewhah: I think I just might have to play with this one. ( 5 years and 2587 days ago )
EmiK: Totally, they are so fun to make. ( 5 years and 2587 days ago )
ramsesje: Can we use Illustrator as well or only photoshop? ( 5 years and 2586 days ago )
robvdn: @ramsesje: you are allowed to use any graphic program you'd like for these PS contests. ( 5 years and 2585 days ago )
VitalExpressions: My only wish is that I could enter more than three. I love making these. ( 5 years and 2585 days ago )
digitalpharaoh: This was a good contest to jump back into the chopping fray. ( 5 years and 2583 days ago )
VitalExpressions: I have to say I'm a little sad this contest is coming to a close. I love making Mandala's : ) ( 5 years and 2581 days ago )
VitalExpressions: I have to say I'm a little sad this contest is coming to a close. I love making Mandala's : ) ( 5 years and 2581 days ago )
Contest Moderator: Submission time is now closed, any entry submitted after 2000 hrs GMT November 12 will be removed ( 5 years and 2580 days ago )

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miss Fatima ( 5 years and 2363 days ago )

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Stone Circles - created by VitalExpressions

Stone Circles
Favs: 5SBS: 5Hi-resRank: 1/28Score: 60.5% (35)16512 views

Utilizing a source pic of some rounded stones I built this image, creating patterns using sections of the stones. (5 years and 2585 days ago)

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Wheel of seasons - created by Lelaina

Wheel of seasons
Favs: 4SBS: 7Hi-resRank: 2/28Score: 59.7% (30)16230 views

I started without really knowing, what I wanted to do, untill I found the compass image. So I started searching at Wikipedia, if there is something I could do with the cardinal directions and I found something. What I made is an image based on the Chinese symbols:

The different symbols are:
-Azure Dragon of the East / Spring
-Vermillion Bird of the South / Summer
-White Tiger of the West / Autumn
-Black Tortoise of the North / Winter
I arranged the animals in this order and added the Chinese name on the two stones directly next to each animal. For each animal was furthermore the fitting tree for that season added.
The other directions, such as North-East are a combination of both images from the North and the East, because they belong together.
I didn't use a single colour scheme for every symbol (they all have their own colours) but added these colours in the whole image.
The centre has the colour yellow, that's why all the ropes are yellow, which lead to the yellow dragon.
I know it's not the typical mandala, but I wanted to make something different :)


Extra sources:
Dragon - Thanks to Hey Mr Glen
Stone - Thanks to Jan Michael IhI
Rope - Thanks to Limonada
Gold texture - Thanks to CG-Textures
Brick wall - Thanks to CG-Textures
Dragon head - Thanks to Sushifactory
Dragon body - Thanks to Sushifactory (5 years and 2585 days ago)

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Hands Mandala - created by lolu

Hands Mandala
Favs: 4SBS: 5Hi-resRank: 3/28Score: 59.4% (25)16929 views

I've made this mandala only with a hand. (5 years and 2584 days ago)

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Tree Watchers - created by EmiK

Tree Watchers
Favs: 1SBS: 3Hi-resRank: 4/28Score: 58.8% (20)14232 views

Made only from a photograph. (5 years and 2582 days ago)

Roll the Roll - created by Eramono

Roll the Roll
Favs: 4SBS: 6Hi-resRank: 5/28Score: 58.3% (15)13345 views

see full resolution (5 years and 2584 days ago)