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Mandala Bouquet by ObscureFamous Mandala Bouquet by ObscureFamous
Pen & ink
30"x 30"
1998
I have always been fascinated by the circle and its infinite nature, cyclical and eternal. Although a human abstraction of what is truly, in nature, a sphere, spiral or vortex, I believe exploring and decoding this abstraction is vital to an understanding of the universal macro and microcosms and to a fuller understanding of oneself.
These works are my truest voice but are only infrequently attempted. Not due to lack of interest by any means, they are my passion. Instead, my apprehension is from the understanding that once I start, I cannot stop until it is done. Obsession overtakes me in an attempt to penetrate and fill the structure, diving deeper and deeper into the details. My physical body is cast off and ignored as if it had no meaning, no usefulness, to the point where a feeling of atrophy sets in. At the same time my physical world is dying, my mental world is expanding. My thoughts are overflowing into a vast emptiness. I feel nothing and everything. I feel like the ascetic in the cave, striving to look towards the light, suspecting the shadows as a lie and nearly blinding myself in the process. When every space if filled, I awake from my trance with a fullness, and a hunger. Sadness and satisfaction intermingle and embrace, doing their delicate dance. My job is done for now, the pains and pleasures of a mundane physicality are calling. So I answer and wait patiently for the cycle to begin anew.

This is a good example of the varieties you can
achieve by using the techniques laid out in my
Mapping Mandalas tutorial:
fav.me/d2p3lie

You can see details here:
fineartamerica.com/featured/tw…
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joblost-pierre Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome mate great work
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ObscureFamous Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you
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a-waste-of-hate Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is beautiful! 
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:iconobscurefamous:
ObscureFamous Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you
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:iconmadebymelw:
MadebyMelW Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Stunning work
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:iconobscurefamous:
ObscureFamous Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you
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amygdalon Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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julibean420 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
wow this must be one of my favorites from all that ive seen online. I love the detail. Fantastic work!
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Fractalvision Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Mind-blowingly intricate.
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:iconmetallumjazz:
MetallumJazz Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student
This is too nice!
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Evilameba Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Someone please tell me why this isn't a DD.
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PintassilgArt Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Amazing the detail!
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MBKKR Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Hi,
I have featured your beautiful work here: [link]
Hope you don't mind?

Greetings MBKKR
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saskartgirl Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! Standing at my desk applauding. This is just craaaazee! The more I look at it the more I see; sun, moon, spiders, skulls, snakes all nestled in luscious knotwork. Fantastic♥
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airamftv Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just one thing.... INSAAAAAAAAAAAANE! oOo!
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LordofPhoenixDawn Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
May I color this?
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:iconstepbeyond:
Stepbeyond Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
you might want to check out my pen and ink work in my gallery. There's quite a bit. To see them all go through the whole gallery. The one you love the most may be on page 3,etc.
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:iconstepbeyond:
Stepbeyond Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
fantastic. Oh, I like your name. Mines Steve :D
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XDRO2 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
YAY!

THE ONLY BOUQUET I <3
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ElessarTelcontar Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I found your name on the piece :D

and OMG this is amazingly intricate.

respect.
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:iconenvita:
Envita Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh. My. God. This is insane! Love it!
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EMLGVDB Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just amazing !
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dawnpatrolla Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
woah! holy moly...wicked...
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badmrtoy Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Student General Artist
That is AWESOME! I used to have a square skylight in my bedroom that kept leaking and had to come out, and so now I have a square on my ceiling that doesn't match. I'm thinking of painting something like this on it. That way, instead of being able to look at the night sky I'll be able to look at my own, drawn universe.
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Voltarrens Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing work, such fine & intricate details :)
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DozyDog Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning!
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Fractal-Impact Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
I love it.... beautiful
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:iconobscurefamous:
ObscureFamous Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you.
:)
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brandonsch1 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is some hot shit! Nice work
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:iconobscurefamous:
ObscureFamous Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you.
:)
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Mandala-Jim Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi Matt. It was this very drawing that inspired me to start drawing my own mandalas! I saw it on another site some time back. Incredible work!
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ObscureFamous Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
You just made my day!
I've seen your works and really like them. To know that I inspired your development is quite uplifting.
thank you
:)
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Mandala-Jim Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi Matt and your welcome! Means a lot you like my mandalas too :D
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SamhainNightManga Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Well, I'm impressed!
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:iconobscurefamous:
ObscureFamous Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you.
:)
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marob0501 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I have faved this jewel in my journal [link]
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:iconobscurefamous:
ObscureFamous Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you.
:)
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:iconmarob0501:
marob0501 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome
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AzaleaWynters Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Professional Writer
It's beautiful beyond words.
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ObscureFamous Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you.
:)
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eSeF-PL Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
woooooooow :O

fav!
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ObscureFamous Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you.
:)
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macpic Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
AWESOME !! keep it up , i really like your lines or should i call it curves coz i se no straight line in here ...
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:iconobscurefamous:
ObscureFamous Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you.
I like to call them chicken scratches.
:)
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fanitsafantasy Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
great.
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:iconobscurefamous:
ObscureFamous Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you.
:)
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Quaddles-Roost Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the linework
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ObscureFamous Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you.
:)
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Tribalchick101 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
WOW how long does it take you on average to do an amazing piece like this?????!!!
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ObscureFamous Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
Fer ever.
Thank you.
:)
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