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How to create a Mandala in Illustrator with MirrorMe and DynamicSketch

posted by: Iaroslav Lazunov, in Illustrator Tutorials / Illustration/ Comments: 4

Today you will learn how to create a Mandala pattern with MirrorMe and DynamicSketch. The combination of these tools allows you to make drawing more comfortable, as you can see the reflection of the stroke preview. Here you will also find some practical recommendations that will help you to facilitate your creative process when creating similar patterns.

Begin by creating a new document with a 600x600px artboard. In the center of the artboard, draw a circle with a 6px wide stroke. This will be the first object of our pattern.

We will be using MirrorMe to build other symmetric objects also. Lock the circle in the Layers panel, then take MirrorMe and set the center of symmetry in the center of the artboard. Set the Number of Axes to 7 in the MirrorMe panel.

Next, click Apply to Layer in the annotation or in the panel, then create an ellipse in the active sector, as shown in the picture below. As you can see, this object is immediately reflected in other sectors.

Now click on the Remove Axes button in the MirrorMe panel.

The next step will be to select and group up all the ellipses, then lock the group in the Layers panel. Take MirrorMe again and set the center of symmetry in the center of the artboard. Increase the number of axes to 14 and click the Apply to Layer button.

Continue creating the pattern using DynamicSketch. Select None in the DynamicSketch panel, then set the stroke width to 1.5px.

The new release of MirrorMe allows you to see the reflection of the stroke preview of DynamicSketch. Therefore, this combination of tools allows you to draw more conveniently.

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