Mandala Monday Roundup – October

Did everyone remember to update their clocks?

Welcome to November and the Monday Mandala Roundup post for October!  As with previous MMR posts, this covers a month of the Monday Mandalas posted publicly on my Patreon page.

As usual, clicking on a image will take you to the public Patreon post for that day, which has the full images (not just snippets).

square image, orange background, radially symmetric design centered in lower left with ghosts, bats, spiders, cats, and pumpkins from the center out

2018-10-01 Monday Mandala snippet

black background, orange outlines of a radially symmetric mandala centered on lower left

2018-10-08 Monday Mandala snippet

Square image, black background, orange outline with trees, spiderweb, owl, spider, and bat

2018-10-15 Monday Mandala snippet

square image, black background, orange outlines of a radially symmetric mandala centered on lower left

2018-10-22 Monday Mandala snippet

square image, black background, orange outline of a 4-fold mandala of alternating haunted houses and trees with screaming faces

2018-10-29 Monday Mandala snippet

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Patreon Anniversary Thoughts

It’s been … one year since you patronized me

It’s the one year anniversary of setting up my account on Patreon, and I have to say it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made regarding my art-as-a-business.

For one, it’s given me some hard deadlines to make art on the regular.  As everyone knows, practice is what makes one better and I’m definitely making improvement in my skills, both mandala design and the technical parts of using Illustrator to achieve what I want.

Relatedly, being in the practice of creating art regularly for deadlines gets me in the mindset of creating more art that isn’t part of the deadlines.  I think I’ve made more art in the last year than in the two or three years before it..

For two, let’s be candid here and say out loud that Patreon has been the largest source of my income this year.  Which is amazing and has been super helpful for framing myself as a professional artist.  It’s still a small-scale profession, but I feel a lot less need to hedge it about with phrases like “hobby” and “quasi-“.

The last year has had some other changes in my life (largely in a good way!), and I’m currently re-evaluating how to approach my art as a profession in terms of those changes.  This will likely mean shaking up some things in my Patreon and how/what I share on social media, and I think you’ll like my tentative ideas.

Lastly, I’d like to say thank you to all the folks who have been my Patrons so far.  It’s deeply appreciated by me and I hope that it’s been worthwhile for you.  In so many ways this has been a work in progress and I’m glad to have you all along with me.

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Spookyween Tree

It’s Spookytober, everybody!

As part of Spookyween preparations, I have finally finished the design I made around the whole concept of a Halloween/Christmas mashup.

Originally, this was because of the programmer nerd joke about 31 Octal (aka 31 Oct, aka Halloween) being the same as 25 Decimal (aka 25 Dec, aka Christmas), but I’ve finally also given up on making that joke work visually.

Here it is in black on orange:

orange background, black silhouette of a sparse pine tree with spooky elements for ornament, topped with a witchy hat, circular watermark in greys

Spookyween Tree in Black on Orange

And also in orange on black:

black background, orange silhouette of a sparse pine tree with spooky elements for ornament, topped with a witchy hat, circular watermark in greys

Spookyween Tree in Orange on Black

Due to hopefully broad appeal, I’ve listed both versions of this on Redbubble (black, orange) and on Zazzle (search results for ninthcircle spookyween).

I’m sorry to not have a better link for Zazzle, but their product creation and maintenance and store maintenance tools and slowness to make products visible in the stores are so appallingly bad that this is literally the best option I’ve got.  For what it’s worth, almost all my products on Zazzle are tagged with ninthcircle, so you can find my stuff there most easily by searching for that. Thank you for your understanding.

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Monday Mandala Roundup – September

Happy fall, everybeing!

Welcome to October and the Monday Mandala Roundup post for September!  As with previous MMR posts, this covers a month of the Monday Mandalas posted publicly on my Patreon page.

As usual, clicking on a image will take you to the public Patreon page for that day, which have the full images (not just snippets).

square image, light blue background, black outline mandala centered in lower left

Monday Mandala 2018-09-03 snippet

square image, green background, white outline mandala centered on the lower left corner

Monday Mandala 2018-09-10 snippet

square image, green background, white outline mandala centered near lower left

Monday Mandala 2018-09-17 snippet

square image, purple background white outline mandala centered in lower left

Monday Mandala 2018-09-24 snippet

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Mandala Roundup – August

Hooray, cooler days are coming!

Welcome to September and the Monday Mandala Roundup post for August!  As with previous MMR posts, this covers a month of the Monday Mandalas posted publicly on my Patreon page.

As usual, clicking on a image will take you to the public Patreon page for that day, which have the full images (not just snippets).

square image, purple background, yellow outline mandala centered on the lower left of the image

2018-08-06 Monday Mandala snippet

square image, maroon background, white outlines of a mandala centered on the upper left

2018-08-13 Monday Mandala snippet

square image, blue background, red outlines of a mandala centered near lower left

2018-08-20 Monday Mandala snippet

square image, dark blue background, light blue outlines of a mandala centered in lower left

2018-08-27 Monday Mandala snippet

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Love Is Love Is Love

Jam is a fruit and pectin mashup

Because mashups are my jam and because there’s something deeply appealing about the geometry of Circular Gallifreyan, I’ve been looking for things to write in it. Most especially words of hope and power.

I’ve tried a few single words, but then I thought of Lin-Manuel Miranda, who reminds us that love is love is love is love is love. That totally lends itself well to a circular format as the love goes around and around, right?  So, perfect for Circular Gallifreyan.

I should probably admit here that modern Doctor Who isn’t really my fandom – my experience largely predates the reboot and ends pretty sharply at the end of Nine – so I am still feeling my way into the style.  I suspect I tend more towards a formal, geometrically balanced style than most folks.  But a looping phrase should work out with that, right?

I was so optimistic.

Balancing readability and symmetry and the requirement that each word start at the bottom of its circle was a bit … challenging.

That said, I think the resulting trines are pretty pleasing. And yes, the “sentence” intentionally ends with “is” again so that it can loop back into the cycle.

I’m specifically using the Sherman alphabet, and welcome useful feedback on style and grammar.

square image, blue background, white circle containing circular design in black lines on white, saying 'love is love is love is' in circular Gallifreyan

Love Is Love Is Love Is

This is now available via RedBubble: https://www.redbubble.com/people/ninthcircle/works/33245307-love-is-love-is-love

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