Monday Mandala Roundup – January

New Year, Who Dis?

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

This month was one of trying some new things, mandala-wise. One is a bit of a take on the Great Wave, one is delicate and plays with the boundary between layers, and two are very linear and angular with few/none of the usual curves.

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).

blue background, black outlines of a mandala centered on lower left, the outer edge looks like cresting waves
Monday Mandala snippet for 2019-01-07
purple background, white outlines of a mandala centered on lower left
Monday Mandala snippet for 2019-01-14
green background, white outlines of a very angular, non-mirrored mandala
Monday Mandala snippet for 2019-01-21
light beige background, black outlines of a very angular, straight line mandala
Monday Mandala snippet for 2019-01-28
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Monday Mandala Roundup – December

Happy New Year and The Number of that Bus

Welcome to January and the Monday Mandala Roundup post for December!  As with previous MMR posts, this covers a month of the Monday Mandalas posted publicly on my Patreon page.  Thus begins the new year – running late. :/

Due to Life With A Capital LIFE, two mandalas didn’t even get published (though they were at least doodled!) until January.

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).

white background, blue outlines of a mandala centered in lower left, "Ninth Circle Design" in red near the top

Monday Mandala for 2018-12-03

white background, blue outlines of a snowflake-ish mandala centered in lower left, "Ninth Circle Design" in red at the top

Monday Mandala 2018-12-10

pale blue background, blue outlines of a snowflake-ish mandala centered in lower left, "Ninth Circle Design" in red at the bottom

Monday Mandala 2018-12-17

white background, blue outlines of a snowflake-ish mandala centered in lower left, "Ninth Circle Design" in red at the top

Monday Mandala 2018-12-24

deep blue background, white outlines of a snowflake-ish mandala centered in lower left, "Ninth Circle Design" in red at the bottom

Monday Mandala 2018-12-31

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Monday Mandala Roundup – November

Did everyone remember to update their clocks?

Welcome to December and the Monday Mandala Roundup post for November!  As with previous MMR posts, this covers a month of the Monday Mandalas posted publicly on my Patreon page.  We’re now going on whole YEAR of these, folks!  Woo!

Due to Life With A Capital LIFE, the usual alternation of vector and doodle was a bit off this month. Whee. We’ll see how this month goes.

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).

blue background, white outline mandala doodle with a little bit of red

2018-11-05 Monday Mandala (full)

pale blue background, black outline mandala centered on lower left

2018-11-12 Monday Mandala (snippet)

light purple background, black outline mandala with many dots, centered on lower left

2018-11-19 Monday Mandala (snippet)

white background, purple outline mandala centered on lower right

2018-11-26 Monday Mandala (snippet)

 

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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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