My nephew Jackson was born back in July and I only just recently realized that I'd done a mandala for his sister so I should probably do one for him as well. He is a Leo and with this year being the year of the Tiger I decided to do a little Liger cub idea for his mandala. I also "cheated" and used a greyscale marker for one of the first times ever and really like the way it worked with the piece.
A few weeks back my Dad forwarded me an email about an art contest that his company was having. The concept was basically just to come up with something showing how satellites help people. The only problem was that 'officially' there were only two age brackets and I just so happen to be about 'double' the 'maximum age'. I have a vague memory of my Dad finding this exchange from the Simpsons particularly amusing and when I heard contest for kids this is immediately where my brain went and I knew I had to send in an entry. So, without further ado, here is my entry for the contest:
My Dad made it pretty clear that my submission was just for fun so as not to ruffle any feathers, and I also sent along a black and white copy as well if they ever need coloring pages for a real take your kid to work day at some point in the future. All in all the whole process was a lot of fun and gave me quite a few chuckles along the way. And if someone at Viasat wants to send me a telescope well...I certainly wouldn't object :)
Apologies to any mandala fans out there...this one took a little while but I like to think that the wait was worth it! I had to push through at a couple artist blocks at various stages on this one but, now that it's done, am so happy with the way it turned out. I've actually tried to illustrate this same scene a time or two in the past, but just was never able to get the feeling I was going for. This time around though is definitely the closest I've been to really capturing the essence of one of the most personally meaningful dreams I've experienced. I first dreamt of the 'man on the bridge' when I was maybe 6 years old or so, and it was a dream that popped up very frequently throughout my childhood. Although the imagery of the dream itself was always the same, I always seem to glean new understanding from various aspects of it as I've thought back and meditated on it over the years. For me, at least right now, it's about understanding how we all, both knowingly and unknowingly, pick up and carry so much with us throughout our lives. I've learned that we all have a very different relationship with our respective 'packs' but, personally, I've been finding that making the effort to acknowledge and address some of the things in my pack has been making the load a hell of a lot lighter.
Thanks for visiting my Ardt Blog. You may see a few colors pop up here and there as you scroll down through my work, but for the most part I tend to do mostly pen & ink and pencil illustrations. I'm always coming up with various projects for myself to work on so you'll see a fairly decent variety of subjects. Please reach out to me through the contact page if you're interested in purchasing a print of anything you happen to like or for any commission inquiries if there's something specific you'd like to see.