"The circle is a symbol of perfection, eternity, unity and completeness."
11x14, Ink on Canson, ~40 hours.
Pilot G-2 07
Pilot Precise V5 Extra Fine
Foray Stylemark Fine 0.5mm
This mandala is a gift for a teacher of mine who teaches martial arts. I figure so much of his interest lies in Japanese culture why not create a mandala, that, from a distance, looks like the Japanese flag.
Some of the designs on this drawing come directly from Japanese art, like the weave pattern and alternating triple circles around the outer perimeter. The oak leaves symbolize strength, strong roots, longevity. The yin-yangs throughout denote balance. The budding flowers (hard to make out from this image) for new opportunities. The origami crane for good fortune and peace. The triangle, circle, and square are the 'building blocks of the universe.'
To watch it come to life go here: [link]