Multiaxis symmetrical drawing – A Mandala maker that doesn't suck

I’ve had a terrible time finding a good piece of software to draw mandalas with. To be honest, I don’t care what mandalas are but I’m obsessed with how cool it is to draw with replicated symmetry on multiple axis.

Without further ado, here it is (drag your mouse to draw):

I hope you find it addictive. Click to pop out.


So wow… just wow, this blew up. This little tool ended up making the front page of Reddit in one amazing thread in whichΒ  many people shared their mandalas. It was an amazing day in many ways, first of all I’ve never seen so many positive comments in a single thread online. The amount of people who seem to have been positively touched by this program is humbling. Drawing mandalas is apparently great stress relief for many and I’ve received several personal notes on how much this program had done for them. I did not see that coming to say the least. Then the fact that this tools was picked up by real artists pushed it to build creations I didn’t even know it was capable of. Lastly, my solar powered raspberry Pi handled hundred of thousands of connections in a single day which turned out to be a technical challenge on top of the overwhelming response. When I set out to create this program, I did not have the slightest idea that it would hit such a sweet spot. I mainly wanted to scratch an itch and couldn’t find any good apps out there. It is a true privilege to have had the chance so see so many people use a tool I made, and have them report they were positively touched by it.

Here is a few of the most amazing mandalas that were posted on the Reddit thread, this is what it looks like when real artists take over your tool πŸ™‚

 

9 Replies to “Multiaxis symmetrical drawing – A Mandala maker that doesn't suck”

  1. Hi, Ben.
    First of all, I like your Mandala maker. It is very fun to use; I do have a few suggestions for you.
    1). Being able to click on the click and change the number in the field rather than having to click the sliders on the axis and thickness.
    2). Being able to type in a code for the color to get the exact color instead of trying to get as ‘close as possible.’
    3). Adding an option to create shapes and curves.

    Thank you for your hard work on creating a nice program!
    -Sam

  2. Hi Ben,

    This is a wonderful piece of software. I have spent quite sometime playing with it. Very meditative and exciting! Thank you for building this.

    But I believe there is a bug with the undo button related to number of axes. Recreate: I used 12 as the number of axes, drew something, changed axis to 6, and drew something else. At this point, I wanted to undo, and this made my original drawing also to be repeated & mirrored across only 6 axis. Please let me know if you have another place where you are tracking bugs so that I can remove this comment and post this there.

    Thanks again for building a really cool no-frills software!

    1. Fruitbat, thanks for letting me know, I’ve definitely been keeping an ear out for what people are after πŸ™‚ So export to SVG is on the radar but it’s one of these features that, without initial research, I don’t even know if I can pull it off. So it is to be evaluated but I can’t promise anything. I’ll let you know if it sees the light of the day.

    1. Still trying to make up my mind πŸ™‚ It’s not really a matter of if, it’s more a matter of when. A note definitely helps tilt the balance.

  3. I just found this. I played with it a little but I can already see that this is going to be amazingly fun. I have been coloring mandalas for months and I’m wanting to create my own. Thank you so much for creating this. Kitty

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