So my latest big project was a turtle mandala. I followed the symmetry guidelines of a mandala but drew a stylized scene of turtles swimming in a pond. The photos aren’t great since once again I took them with my phone because the picture was too large for the scanner.
Drawing small things is hard. The little turtles made me crazy. Even when I was sharpening my pencil every few minutes, I couldn’t draw the detail I wanted. I had drawn the big turtle previously, and I was aiming for that level of detail. Plus, the turtle head and legs have a pebbly texture, which I could not capture.
I did take a bit more care in trying to keep things symmetric compared to my previous mandala because I was planning this as a gift.
Here it is framed.
I’m pretty happy with it, though I still have a lot of improvement to do.