Symmetrical Universe Coloring Book #1 (Mandalas)

By Stephen PItts

I hope you enjoy contemplating and coloring these complex symmetrical images. I drew every image in this book originally with pen and ink on 14×17 or 14×14 paper. My drawings are all done by hand, using fine tipped Rapidiograph pens. The way my process works is first I use a ruler and a compass to generate a pencil line grid. Once the grid is in place I then draw the designs in ink. The images are randomly generated and sometimes change significantly during the process of creating them. The drawings are created by drawing one symmetrical feature at a time, much like growing a crystal. The Mandala drawings are inspired by my interest in Hinduism, Hatha Yoga, Indian mysticism, floorplans of European cathedrals, as well as my interest in crystallography.

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My drawings are an expression of the inherent beauty found in symmetrical structures. I began drawing mandalas while attending Indian Springs School in Helena, Alabama in the 1970s. My first mandala drawings began as simple experiments requiring a few hours to design. This eventually led to the more complex designs which required 80 to 100 hours to complete. Some drawings are abstract geometrical designs. In others, I have tried to incorporate archetypical symbols and shapes similar to Rorschach patterns which may invoke a variety of conceptualizations to viewers of my artwork. Tibetan mandalas have provided much of the inspiration for my mandala drawings. I have also found much fascination with the artwork of the Celts, especially the Celtic knots which I have incorporated into a few designs. I have also tried, in a small way, to emulate M.C. Escher, whose work is quite enigmatic. The majority of my drawings are done with black ink, although some have been re-drawn in color. In this book, each section includes an original drawing which may be too detailed to color. The following pages are all more detailed images of sections of each drawing for you to enjoy and color. If you are interested in coloring an original drawing in the original size, order a print from www.symmetricaluniverse.com. To get the most out of this book, I recommend using colored pencils fine-point markers, and gel pens. Before you color on one of the drawings, use the test section on the very last page of this book to test your coloring pencils, pens, and erasers. Check to see if your pencils or pens look nice on the paper and make sure they don’t bleed through to the back. To see more of my drawings, visit my webpage at www.symmetricaluniverse.com. You may order prints of any of my drawings in a variety of sizes. You may also order my other coloring book on mechanical and steampunk designs. Sign up for my newsletter to get updates about new drawings, new coloring books, and a schedule of my art shows. Thank you for ordering this book. I hope you enjoy it!

Here are some examples of portions of the book:

Here's one page in the adult coloring book featuring mandalas hand-drawn by Stephen Pitts. This page is a portion of the drawing titled Byzantium. At an early age, one of Steve's favorite books was about European cathedrals. There was a chapter for each of several of the most famous ones with detailed photos and most interesting, the architectural floor plans. The precision and symmetry of these images fascinated him. “Byzantium” is inspired by the floor plans of some of these great cathedrals.

Enjoy this adult coloring book featuring sections of detailed mandalas. This page, titled Tibetan Mandala, features the center of the intricate drawing. Tibetan Mandala is a large, detailed symmetrical mandala based on the traditional Tibetan Mandala format: a Teutonic cross embellished with symbols and geometric forms. In addition to the conventional elements of a Tibetan Mandala, artist Stephen Pitts added symbols and structures of other cultures: I-Ching Hexagrams, architecture from Uxmal, Indian palaces and Sanskrit writing. These are meant to depict the universal archetypes of world religion.

This adult coloring book features intricate hand-drawn mandalas and symmetrical shapes. This drawing, titled Rope Wheel, features detailed design elements that are very relaxing to color.

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