Tried playing and exploring working with photographs and creating layers with the monk. Some cool results. Still learning and having fun. Miss the simple joy of pen and ink and the meditative state of drawing them. But also having a blast playing with color. The best of both worlds – who said I need to choose. 🙂
I am exploring ways to depict meditation and self knowledge. I found a few metaphors that align with my interpretation of the process.
I am using building forms to depict the outside world and symbolize the noise of everyday life. The energy lines around the monk attempt to describe the changes and the aura that permeates from self realization and The winged eye is awareness and enlightenment. I also explored adding movement or wind as a metaphor of the positive feeling of change. I wanted the monk to have a sense of calmness, stillness and equanimity too.
What’s wonderful is that the process of drawing is transferring this sense of calm to me.
I am managing to take out precious time every day to sketch. Still exploring quotes and concepts that inspire. The addition of using water color pens has allowed a add a dash of color to bring alive these ideas. I am also having a blast with the ribbon style 3D typography that’s allowing the words to look fluid and free.
To be in a place where you can mould your self without the baggage of the past. To be able to access, be aware of and then let go of everything which doesn’t sit well with our values. To be able to simply be in a state of equanimity and see situations and moments for what they are.
To reach a place of equanimity, we need to let go. And for that that to happen we need to know ourselves.
This sketch is a simplified depiction of the pursuit of letting go and telling ourselves that its that easy. Just let go.
An illustration I made over coffee yesterday where I attempted to depict what meditation is for me.
Meditation is to spend time in quiet thought where the mind is an empty vessel. The mind learns to form a ring that keeps external chatter completely away and slowly submerge into a space of complete inner silence.
This is the space where we uncover the purest form of who we really are.