Tuesday, January 5, 2010

My First Time Lapse Mandala Video



My new Gorillapod Flexible Tripod showed up the other day and I immediately put it to use with my Canon SD1000 Elph. The Gorillapod legs are flexible in a multitude of ways so I wrapped them around the handle of my refrigerator and pointed the camera down onto my sketchbook. My Elph has a Time Lapse video feature and I believe I had it set to record at 1 second intervals. I'm not sure how long it took me to doodle this mandala - 12 minutes maybe? The video was very short and once I puled it into Corel VideoStudio 12, I first rotated it 180 degrees and then slowed down the video so it would play for 1 full minute. I tweaked the lighting settings a bit, added music & voila! My first time lapse mandala video.

The only real issue I had is that I don't really ever draw at arms length or on a table. I'm nearsighted and I'm usually holding the book about 8" away from my face when I draw so this was a bit of a challenge. If I can figure out a way to get the camera looking over my shoulder I'll shoot one with the book in my hand.

Supplies used were a Tombow calligraphy pen from JetPens & a Clairefontaine sketch book.

11 comments:

Megan Warren said...

Loved watching this video - just wish it was closer so I could see the detail.

Happy New Year! Here's to many more mandala videos!

Erin C. said...

That was awesome, Stephanie! You rock both the technical and artistic spheres.

Now, can we please see you color it in?

:)

Heather said...

Excellent video. I love watching how people create their art, expecially when it is speeded up so that it looks so effortless. Now I feel inspired to pick up a pen and start creating a mandala of my own...

studio lolo said...

wow...what fun to see you draw!!

I came here from marianne's mandala blog ;)

Joy Rothke said...

Lovely. For those of us interested in drawing mandalas, can you suggest any books or sites?

Thanks you.

creatingmisericordia said...

It's funny how we make assumptions about how someone else will work based on our own way of working.

I had always assumed that you did all the structure of the mandala first and then filled in the patterns second.... but only because that's how I would do it.

Consider my horizons broadened!

Biffybeans said...

Hi Megan! As this was my first, I will try and see what I can do about moving closer. Happy New Year to you as well!

Erin - color? Maybe. :o)

Heather - thank you and go for it!

studio lolo - thank you and Welcome!

Joy, thank you! I have several different books, but I only got them after I started drawing them on my own. Nothing out there seems to describe my process so I guess I will have to write a book of my own! :o)

creatingmisericordia :o) Sometimes I will go back and add more detail, but it's usually pretty much from the center out.

G.Young said...

Now I get it! Thank you for the inspiring, instructive video! Yes, you are going to have to write a book; you're the best ever.

G.Young said...

Did you say what the music is? I need it! Thanks.

Kimminita said...

That's a great video! I enjoyed watching it very much. Thanks! Very pretty drawing, especially because you say you are near sighted. Makes it even more special.

Biffybeans said...

Gail - :o) Thank you very much. The music was a sample that was included in the video software. If you like music like that, one of my favorite CD's is the music that I used for my other mandala video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cdn6NODX58 It's "Pulse" by my friend Jim Donovan.

Kimminita - thank you very much!

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