Digital Art and Design students from Digital Illustration (ART 182) were given the design brief to create an illustration inspired by the Mystical Arts of Tibet. A key design consideration was to visually communicate one of the following concepts in their design: community, Moraine Valley (MV) core values or mission, or what MV means to them. They were asked to explore a design solution using strong principles of design with an emphasis on symmetry.
The illustration should be a geometric design that could also become a coloring page. Contained in this coloring book are the final designs.
Individual coloring pages will be printed and passed out at the Moraine Valley Library during the week-long Sand Painting Ceremony created as part of the Mystical Arts of Tibet events.
We hope your enjoy viewing and coloring our work!
My geometric illustration represents what Moraine Valley means to me. I had a lot of personal growth at Moraine so I chose to represent that growth as a seed turning into a flower. I started with the small seed in the center, followed by what it needs to grow. I changed around some of the colors in my piece, such as making the germinating seed be a mound of dirt by making it a dark brown. I added a pink circle in the middle to match the pink of the flowers and add more consistency. I also added light blue rectangles to the background to represent the sky as well as suggest a square shape to my piece.
When working with this mandala I had no idea how hard it was going to be to fully design it. I feel like my mandala is not even and symmetrical as it should be. I’ll be going back to x the design part of the mandala. I really do love the design I made for it because each line is one emotion I have for moraine valley. I used moraine valley colors to color the mandala while making it look pleasing. I didn’t have much advice if I should change something so I went with my gut. I think my design is more feminine and has a tattoo style. I really was just experimenting with this design and I feel like it was easier to draw this mandala on my iPad rather than my computer.
Fair and Square
While thinking of Moraine Valley’s core value of fairness, my mind went through a word-association process that concluded with the word “square.” “Square”, in this context, means “perfectly fair, just, and equitable”. It rhymes with “fair” and makes up an old cliché, so I designated said cliché as my title and made a geometric artwork inspired by classic mandalas, but used squares almost exclusively. Indeed, squares are fair; no one side is longer than the others. All are equal and thus receive equal shares.
The goal of this design was to portray Moraine on the path of life. It connects us as a community no matter which direction the path may take us.
Every year the Mystical Arts of Tibet come to Moraine Valley to build a sand mandala in the library and preform sacred dances and music at the end of the week. As another breather exercise, and a way to symmetry and asymmetry, we were assigned to create our own geometric mandala design around one of our school’s core values: Integrity, Responsibility, Respect, Fairness, Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion. I chose to do my illustration on equality and growth because those were the two biggest core values, I saw the most at Moraine Valley. I based my design o the squaring the circle geometry problem because it consistently reappears in a variety of different fields; religion, philosophy, alchemy etc. I chose primary colors because I wanted to draw attention to my design from a faraway distance. A basic start to a spectacular idea.
After some brain storming and research I refined my illustration out immensely. For equality I made it symmetrical with mirrored images and repeating patterns. For growth I made origami like flower out of ovals, circles, and rhombuses. While this did improve the complexity of my design, it came across as too busy and distracting to my classmates. The colors reminded them of a circus tent and the center patterns were overpowering. The white background created too much contrast and made the yellow and red appear very harsh. Third times the charm. First, I changed the background to a light peach to ease the contrast between the colors. I then simplified the rumbas pattern and used it to fill in the gaps of the revised center design. The triangle edges were simplified to draw more attention towards the new ower center. The square pattern was dropped in favor of a more natural ower ring and to enhance the growth and equality values I based it on.
As a bonus, we were to convert our nal mandala pattern to a coloring page that was to be passed out during the program for people to color in.
I’ve connected with the prompt, “What does Moraine Valley mean to you?” and to me personally, Moraine Valley means growth. The main focus of my design is a lotus flower as it perfectly symbolizes my own
journey to the growth I’ve achieved while at Moraine.
For this Geometric Illustration project, I attempted to design a mandala that could be used to express the community feel of Moraine Valley. The overall piece is supposed to represent an image of the earth. When it comes to an overall uniting community, nothing can compare to the earth itself. That was the main concept I had in mind while putting together the shapes and thinking of color. Overall, I’m happy with how it turned out and I feel it got off the emotion that I was aiming for.