This vibrant mandala titled “Inner Strength” was created on January 29, 2009. It is drawn with Prismacolor colored pencils on Strathmore drawing paper, and measures 18″ x 18″. It is present in the Psychedelic Gallery of my online portfolio. A larger version of the drawing can be seen on m webpage here: Inner Strength. It was hand drawn using a ruler, protractor, compass, and drawing instructions from this website – How To Draw a Sri Yantra. A psychedelic tiger’s face emerges from the Sri Yantra, a Hindu symbol of meditation and enlightenment. Two layers of lotus petals in rainbow colors encircle the main mandala.
About the Sri Yantra
The Sri Yantra, or Sri Chakra, features nine interlocking triangles with a central point called the “bindu”. It is one of the most popular symbols of Sacred Geometry, and is used in the Shri Vidya school of Hinduism. It is said to be the “mother of all yantras”. The triangles represent the cosmos, as well as the human body. Another name for the sri yanta is the Navayoni Chakra, which refers to the nine triangles. The nine main triangles overlap to form 43 smaller triangles of various sizes, in five levels. The upwards facing triangles represent the masculine form, while the downward pointing triangles represent the feminine form. There are nine levels total, including the five triangle levels, the Bindu at the center, the inner and outer lotus rings, and the outer square with portals (missing from the drawing). Each of these levels has a special symbolic meaning and name. You can read more about this on the Wikipedia page about the Sri Yantra.
Inspiration for the Drawing
This Inner Strength mandala was created at a time when I was drawing lots of mandalas, mostly inspired by Asian and Celtic symbolism. The Sri Yantra is considered one of the most difficult mandalas to draw by hand, and I wanted the challenge of creating it. I chose a very large size of paper, since there are so many details. I initially practiced on a smaller piece of paper before moving onto a larger size. I wanted to make this mandala my own, so I put my own signature designs on it, including the psychedelic rainbow colors, paisley-like designs in the lotus petals, and the alternating colors. The tiger’s face was chosen to make the yantra more dynamic, and the Ohm symbol was added as a symbol of enlightenment. The only thing missing from this drawing was the “gate” on the outside, and that was because I ran out of room on the paper. That makes this Sri Yantra incomplete.
Where to Purchase Prints and Other Merch
This is one of my earliest designs, and is available for purchase as a print and on other products in my online stores. Please continue reading to learn more.
If you desire to have this artwork as a print to hang in your home or office, then please visit my FineArtAmerica store. This Inner Strength design is available as many different types of art prints. Choose from paper giclee prints, stretched canvas prints, and prints on acrylic, metal, and wood. Each print has many sizes to choose from, from 8″ x 8″ to 48″ x 48″. For the paper prints, there are hundreds of options for framing and mat colors. The canvas prints have many options for wrap and even framing, and come ready to hang. You can also choose other products from this store, such as cell phone cases, coffee mugs, wall tapestries, fleece blankets, beach towels, throw pillows, tote bags, t-shirts and much more.
In my RedBubble Store, you will find many other unique products with this artwork. In addition to prints and other home decor products, there are a wide variety of unique gifts. There are many apparel options. Also choose from acrylic blocks, coasters, die-cut vinyl stickers, die-cut magnets, face masks in many sizes, laptop sleeves and skins, phone cases, wall clocks, bath mats and shower curtains, duvet covers and comforters, fleece blankets, pin-back buttons, and socks.
And last, in my Zazzle Store are lots of cool and unique products that are found nowhere else. These products include glassware, keychains, ornaments, two-tone mugs, glass paperweights, grocery bags, tumblers, and luggage tags.