Aishani Dhawan’s stunning mandala art works have a playful twist
Aishani is a banker by profession but her interest lies in the heart of painting and art. Ever since she was a little child, she’s been creative and has loved experimenting with crafting knick knacks. In the year 2017, she started her own venture called The Graph Palate where she designs brochures, e-invites, mugs, etc. As she wanted to devote her time studying for her MBA, she took a break from working on her art works.
“I took a break eventually from designing commercial products and started concentrating on my education. I began doodling and my interest grew deeper as I started designing for close friends and family based on their requests. From doodling travel memories, designing stickers to conceptualizing designs for their favourite tv shows, I enjoyed working on doodles.”
Aishani believes that doodling paved a way for Mandala art form where she discovered a world packed with geometrical lines that were very relaxing in nature. She explored the art form and found it extremely soothing that she spent hours sketching it, growing fonder of mandala art.
Zentangle is another aspect of Mandala art. An easy-to-learn method, Zentangle art is filled with fun and beautiful patterns that makes it slightly different from mandala, which is geometric in nature. The beauty of this art lies in its unplanned method of sketching with a liberty to focus on any stroke, lines or patterns. These patterns are called tangles that are a combination of many curves giving the art form its rightful name Zentangle- a feeling of absolute zen and relaxation in the midst of designing many tangles.
“Mandala gave me an opportunity to explore it vastly and I found it meditative that I spent most of my time sketching when I had nothing to do. I stopped taking enquiries but instead practiced the art and participated in several contests. I now conduct classes and also encourage people to try their hand at learning it since you don’t have to be very artistic. The art form is purely meditative making it a go-to activity for everyone.”
Aishani’ students range from the age of 8 to 35 years and she thoroughly enjoys teaching and learning as well. She absolutely loves being a mandala artist and has found the right balance for her career- a well-paying job and a passion that satiates her creative curiosity which she so willingly wants to share with everyone.
Her stunning line of work speaks in volumes about how the art form has a calming effect and makes you want to dive into the many lines, dots and stunning patterns there are to mandala.
We have a community that has a stunning line of doodles called Doodles and Illustrations. Head over to the community to check out some inspiration work done by illustrators.