Sunday, May 9, 2010

Blue Duotone Dancing Mandala

I have completed a couple of more conversions of dancing couples to duotones. This is another demonstration project in which I show that one can create an all blue mandala or any other color. We could also create any combination you like such as blue and purple.
The other thing that I am building with all this is a stock of mandala rings that can be interchanged to create a variety of mandalas. I can then customize to suit you wishes.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Dancing Mandalas Video

This is an example of where I eventually want to go with my mandalas. Animation and sound. I ran across this awesome video on You Tube. There are more.

Let's try the embed code.


It looks as though this is too large for this blog window. It would be worth it to follow the link and watch it on You Tube.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Two Ring Dancing Mandala 1

Pat asked if I could do a 2 ring mandala so as to show up well on a t shirt or jacket, so I created this example. I rather like the one with the outline myself. Any of these silhouette mandalas can be put over a variety of backgrounds. This one could be put over a rainbow background, but I have chosen a blue version here.

Dancing Couple 12

I have added a duotone outline for this dnacing couple, so we now have two couples in solic black, duotone solids, and duotone outline.

Dancing Couples

Here are the first 18 dancing couples numbered so that you can choose which ones you want me to use in a design. Larger size indicates a little higher resolution, but all are detailed enough for any reasonably sized design.
I am working on converting all of these to duotone images and duotone outlines. I will be adding to these original 18 as time goes by.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Dancing Couple with Outline

I have completed another duotone dancing couple, but I have experimented with a twist. I show a second image in which the woman is outlined in gray rather than solid. I have played with different thicknesses for the outline and think this is optimal, but it can be thicker or thinner as wanted. Your feedback as to how you like the solid versus outline version would be appreciated.
I will create a couple more outlines and then try a mandala both ways to see which comes out better.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Duotone Mandala 1

I now have to go back and convert all my solid black images to the duotone layered images. So far, I have 3 completed which is enough to do a mandala for a t shirt. The bottom image is of the new mandala using black silhouttes. The next one shows the black and gray duotone version.
While the duotone approach adds a level of detail and interest, I think it takes away from the pattern of the monotone black. I would appreciate some feedback on which you prefer.
Once the duotone layers have been created, it is a simple matter to colorize them any way one wants. The third mandala hints at the possiblities. While I don't consider it a usable design, it does demonstrate some interesting potential.

Dancers 10

My first designs have used solid black silhouettes. This is the weakest of those designs which is a shame because the original photo I used is very good. Pat asked if there was a way to add detail to the silhouettes, so I came up with the idea of doing the man in black and the woman in 65% gray.
Once the image is layered like that, it is a simple matter to colorize it any way one wants.

Dance Mural 1: Over Rainbow

Let's kick it up a notch and put the black & white pattern over a rainbow background.

Dance Mural 1: Black & White

This is the first mandala I have turned into a mural design. Almost all of my mandalas can be expanded to mural size, but I had 18 dancing couples which was enough to design this 8'X8' image.