Each mandala starts as a very simple color palette. This is my way of capturing what colors to use and how much of each is needed. It also is a more direct representation of my synesthesia and what songs actually look like.
Once the colors have been captured, it's then on to the mandala design! This is done by hand with fine art markers and can take anywhere from 5-10 days.
After the mandala has been sketched, I upload it to my computer for some final touch-ups. This can include adding a background, incorporating the original color palette, and smoothing out some rough edges.