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Mandala-Jim
Jim Gogarty
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United Kingdom
:bulletred: Enjoy colouring Mandalas? Check out my first book here: www.amazon.com/The-Mandala-Col… Thx!

:bulletgreen: My Facebook Mandala Page www.facebook.com/mandalajim

:bulletblue: ETSY Shop Hi Resolution Digital Copies of my Mandalas @ $3.99 (Requests taken): www.etsy.com/shop/iheartmandal…

:bulletblue: T-SHIRTS & HOODIES & STICKERS: www.redbubble.com/people/manda…
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I've just started a Mandala Art page on Facebook where I'll be posting new work, chatting, and just doing all things Mandala related.. If you'd like to come LIKE the page come and join me at www.facebook.com/mandalajim ..

Thanks! See you there :D
Chilling before release... by Mandala-Jim
Chilling before release...
My son, Charlie, just chilling with my new book. Available on Etsy and through my webpage very, very soon! :D
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October's colouring competiton is now open. I think my latest drawing (R.E.M) will be the picture which will be available to directly download from the page R.E.M by Mandala-Jimif you wish to take part . Unlike Septembers competition there is PLENTY of time. It's a rather complex drawing so maybe you'll need the extra time! :D The picture can be printed and coloured using pencils, colouring pencils, felt, craysons,.. basically anything goes! If you don't prefer using traditional materials then by all means use your computer. Photoshop, Corel Draw, Gimp.. again anything goes.

As some of you requested, I've listened to you so this time around I will post all entries to DA instead of selecting just a few. Please LET ME KNOW if you want your name/page posted with your entry!!

The prizes which will be issued at the end of the month will be based upon the number of favourites + the number of comments.

There are no limits to how many entries you wish to submit

Prizes are:

1st Prize:
A copy of my published book on Amazon : The Mandala Colouring Book. www.amazon.com/The-Mandala-Col…
or if you already own the book.. A copy of my brand new eBOOK (not yet released) which will host many of my complex and more intricate work.
Plus 2 Super high Rezolution images from my collection on ETSY www.etsy.com/uk/shop/iheartman…

2nd Prize:
A collection of my new Mandala badge collection www.etsy.com/uk/listing/199069…
Plus 2 Super high Rezolution images from my collection on ETSY www.etsy.com/uk/shop/iheartman…

3rd Prize
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Two super high rezolution images from my collection on ETSY. www.etsy.com/uk/shop/iheartman…

I will start submitting any returned work on Saturday October 15th so best to get your entries in as soon as possible. Email your completed entries to jim@iheartmandalas.com
If the filesize is too large, you can send it back to my using the website "WeTransfer" which is an awesome site which allows you to send files to anyone up to 2 Gigabytes in size!
Their address is wetransfer.com .. The basic service (which is all you need) is Free to use!

The competition ends on Friday, 31st October 2014 where the comments and the favourites will be added up.

GOOD LUCK!!

Jim

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*** Need some new templates? ***

50 Mandalas made with love, ready for instant download.

Colour, customize, paint..

www.tinyurl.com/ll9p8lr

Mandala Jim FAQ

I get the same questions in my in box each week.. so, I have decided to write a short FAQ that covers the most of them. Please do feel free to continue to ask a question if it's not listed here.. These are just some of the more popular ones. Some can be answered by Google .. but I'll try save the bother by putting it all here...

1) WHAT IS A MANDALA?

The Encyclopedia Britannica defines a mandala (MUHN- da-la)as “a diagram representing the universe, used in sacred rites and as an instrument of meditation. The mandala serves as a collection point for universal forces. By mentally ‘entering’ the mandala and moving toward its center, one is guided through the cosmic processes of disintegration and reintegration.”
Basically, mandala is loosely translated from ancient Indian Sanskrit to mean circle.

2) WHEN DID YOU START DRAWING THEM?

I started drawing them spontaneously during a dark period of my life when I was suffering with depression and was undergoing psychotherapy. I later found out that this happened a lot to Carl Jung's patients (Swiss psychoanalyst). He thought the mandala symbol referred to the mandala as "the psychological expression of the totality of the self."

3) WHY MANDALAS?

Well, like I said previously, the whole 'circle thing' for me was random. But looking back I can see it was aiding my healing. The colours and symbols I use in today's drawings are very different from how they were when I first started! It is proven that working with mandalas (either drawing or colouring) helps lots of health conditions.. such as stress and anxiety to reducing blood pressure. I still suffer with anxiety and when I draw mandalas they make me feel calm... and my confidence and self esteem has risen since posting my first few drawings :)

4) HOW DO YOU START TO DRAW THESE MANDALAS?

I have made a template which I use to start with. I start in the middle and make my way outwards. I use two mirrors in the shape of a wedge to see how the mandala will look when it's fully drawn. I start with a 1mm pen and when I'm happy with the basic pattern I continue to build up the drawing with finer nibbed pens.. 0.5mm, 0.3mm and 0.1mm. To attain the perfect symmetry I sometimes use a lightbox.

5) YOU USED TO WORK IN B&W. WHY HAVE YOU MOVED TOWARDS COLOUR?

Two answers here.. I guess my life has become more 'colourful' since I started. And, my family have been telling me to try colouring for ages.. I eventually gave in and have never looked back although I still love my original b&w drawings and will always submit them too for those that prefer them.

5) WHICH MATERIALS DO YOU USE?

Easy one this : mandala-jim.deviantart.com/art…
Mostly Copic, Edding and Staedtler for the drawings. Because of the long standing problem with my arm I found it difficult to use colour using pencils and so I'd import the drawings into Photoshop and colour it manually that way..Now that I have had the operation I will attempt the pencils again :) All drawings are done on 60cm board and the mandalas are 56cm in diameter.

6) DO I HAVE ANY BUDDHIST CONNECTIONS OR DO I CONSIDER MY WORK SPIRITUAL IN ANY WAY?

I'm not religious.. but If I had to choose one it would be Buddhism. And yes, I do consider my work spiritual. 90% of the time there is no preplanning. I draw a segment and reflect it.. and rotate to form the complete picture. Most of my work comes from my unconscious. The colours I do 'think' about.. but even then I sometimes choose colours that just 'feel' right (except the rainbow colouring which always follows the same rotation patterns).

7) I NEED FEEDBACK

Don't get me wrong I love it when you say you love my work, it's amazing, etc. What I would really also appreciate are your interpretations of what you see in my drawings. What you like and what you don't like is very helpful if I'm to get any better :)

8) WHY DON'T YOU SAY THANKS FOR FAV'ING OR WATCHING ANYMORE?

Mostly a lack of time. I ALWAYS appreciate fave's, and watches and especially constructive criticism. If you do any of these three you can guarantee I will look at your site :) Don't worry about the Llamas. It's the feedback that counts. If you are a WATCHER i'd really appreciate a FAVE as well on new work (if you like it of course!)

9) YOU HAVE A PUBLISHED MANDALA COLORING BOOK?

Yes. It's available now on Amazon tinyurl.com/mt9fzgn and Barnes and Noble . Please consider a purchase. It's not that expensive but living as an artist isn't easy. If the book doesn't do well I might have to get a real job and cut back on the drawings. Just imagine having 100 Mandalas to take with you and colour wherever you like!

Just search for "Mandala Jim" to find the book

10) CAN I USE YOUR WORK ON MY BLOG, ALBUM COVER, APP, ETC.

If you wish to use any of my drawings please contact me first for permission.



Thanks for reading all this. I hope I have covered the main questions that you have been asking me. If there are any more please feel free to send me a message!

Jim

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Baton123 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New member Professional Digital Artist
Your Mandalas are stunning! Great work!
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karencreftor Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional General Artist
Stunning work! I identify a lot with your ideas and reasons for drawing Mandalas, long may bring you healing and happiness.
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TheMrDoodle Featured By Owner Edited 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing style, your mandalas are so beautiful! Truly inspiring!
I look forward to browsing through all of them, keep up the awesome work, mate! :D
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Jaranguren Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  New member Professional Digital Artist
Very good work, great mandalas, keep the good work!
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mertonparrish Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
Mandala coloring books... how very neat!  Awesome.
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ahnethys Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Beautiful gallery. Great work!
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ECHOOHCE Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Impressive portfolio, love yoru stuff...Your patience for that much precise detail blows me away. 
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ThePurpleArt Featured By Owner Edited Oct 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Your art is amazing!:)
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fiorinosulaco Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Your art is so magic!
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ChristyBoyer Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank-you for the fave. Your work is beautiful.
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