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Old 11-24-2019, 12:50 PM
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Mandala Buffalo

hi, I painted a big buffalo in black and white using ink and watercolors on watercolor paper.
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Old 11-24-2019, 02:58 PM
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Re: Mandala Buffalo

The drawing excluding the mandala parts is excellent & has real presence & power while the mandala drawing style is decorative but shallow & common place.
So I find a mismatch between the realism of the buffalo & the mandala parts.
It might have had more meaning if native tribal symbols had have been used - especially in black & white pen & the way you have used it with it's associations of times past.
Or maybe it is time for me to do some of my own creative work instead of taking a verbal piggy back on someone elses' work !
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Re: Mandala Buffalo

Its an excellent shape and I love the textures of the 'natural parts' .... the patterning too is very good and well done ... just not sure they compliment each other!
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Old 11-25-2019, 12:16 AM
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Re: Mandala Buffalo

As Mike and Maureen have said the buffalo itself is really nicely done. For the mandala portion I think having the curves follow the natural shape of the buffalo would have flowed better. I like all of it. It has good energy in my mind.

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I like it as it looks like the buffalo is wearing a shirt. Thoroughly amusing and very well done.
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Re: Mandala Buffalo

I like the form and the texture. The eye draws my attention a bit more than I'd like. There is a sense of power in the sketch, which is very appropriate for the subject.
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Re: Mandala Buffalo

I think the mandala part is fine. Like Clark says it has good energy. I think if you put some patterning in other places, it would flow better. I would have put some on the shoulder and a small hint of patterning on the back hind leg. That way it's one cohesive image instead of two.
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Re: Mandala Buffalo

It looks weird because we are not used to seeing it... but art needs to have what you feel in it, otherwise what's the point?

From a design perspective, you have two strong points of focus with no apparent link between them. Generally on one small canvas, it may be preferable to have one strong story and the rest as supporting actors. If your two points of focus are actually only one focal point, then some supporting actors are missing.

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Personally, I think the hunters about to chase the tired buffalo for its skin are absent from the picture.... sad but true, so I don't want to say it............... oops
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Re: Mandala Buffalo

thanks for the feedback. you guys pretty much reflect my own thoughts. it was quite experimental, so when finished I wasn't really sure if the two "styles" go along, but I found it pleasing enough to look at. I actually made a "hunter" as well. I think I'll just attach it.


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Re: Mandala Buffalo

If you're happy, that's what matters.... it's your idea so carry on!!

I do like the wolf and think the balance works better here ... probably because it looks a touch more integrated with the coat!

Your drawings are strong and forceful and the 'natural' parts totally suited to the subjects!
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That's a wodnerful stance and they both do look very strong. I think again with the mandela that you need to put a touch of it in other places to make it cohesive. Not a lot, just a hint would make a world of difference.
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Re: Mandala Buffalo

I like both! If you're moved to add the mandala pattern, then so be it They're both strong on their own.

I agree that the pattern might be distributed more broadly.
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Re: Mandala Buffalo

nice! now the only thing missing is the spear wielding human with the mandala tattoo

The "hunter" looks suitably hungry and the buffalo now looks somewhat scared.... The circle of life is nearing completion

PS: you should think about upsizing the canvas and putting them all on a single sheet, probably with a background to match... then u will need a buyer !

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Re: Mandala Buffalo

I was indeed thinking about creating a human hunter as well^^
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