Hexagonal Mandala - Diavma's Art Secrets - Artwork In Progress

Most of the fine art and wildlife illustration offered for sale by "Hexagonal Mandala" aka "Diavma" is created through digitally painting by hand with a pressure sensitive electronic pen on a virtual drawing tablet. Through this process the image is painted directly onto a computer, then printed onto archival artist quality paper. As with more traditional media such as lithographs, etching or screen printing, these prints are the artist's original intended physical form of the image. They are NOT reproductions. Though this Blog I've chosen to create a presentation that allows viewers to see the artwork in progress. Documenting how it materialises and matures through the painting process.

WHY SHOW A STEP-BY-STEP PROCESS? A lifetime ago in my teens, then as an art student I loved to see books displaying step by step art works. They are always fascinating to see how different people go about development of imagery. It seems almost magical to watch an image materialise from a blank canvas. Occasionally they teach you new ideas, other times they are just entertaining. I have saved many of my images throughout the process of creation and still find them fascinating to look back over, so I've decided to share some. They are not intended to be tutorials on how to create these images but rather an insight into the style of a particular artist and an entertaining look at how a finished result is achieved.

Please feel free to enjoy these images HERE. Visitors comments are welcome.
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Australian Bush Rat - Rattus fuscipes

Art title: Bogul - Australian Bush Rat
This is one of the many residence of our tiny back yard. Each evening my husband places a tray of seed out for them and the rats come out from their burrows and nervously feed. They have lived in our yard for about 5 years and raised many litters but have never offered to come into the house. Prior to them moving in we were always getting rats and mice from the local farmland inside each winter. Since they took up residence under our tadpole pond we have been rodent free indoors.

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This series of RAT images was recorded during the process of creating the artwork. Many times I get asked "How long do they take you?". Because I work digitally, and my original images are really large I am pushing the memory of my poor old computer to its limit and occasionally it crashes. I therefore learned to save the image at regular intervals at a very early stage of my digital development. The nice thing about digital documentation is that it automatically records time and date. I had a break to cook and eat tea with my family so I estimate approx 7 to 8 hours of obsessive work in this particular image. I find that a typical image takes approx 8 to 12 hours work once I have decided on the composition.

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Artist Formal Qualifications and Experience

Di holds an Art Certificate (College of Technical & Further Education 2 years full time) & a Bachelors Degree in Visual Arts (University 3 years full time) and has been a practising artist for 24 years. Her former employment includes Artist-In-Residence and Private Art Tutor for a community centre and an Art Teacher for a children's resource unit. Currently self employed creating original contemporary fine art prints and costume jewellery.

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