Hey guys! Here comes another tutorial on concentric, mandala-like illustrations made using Adobe Illustrator. To do this tutorial you’ll need to download my “Psychedelic face elements” (that’s my free vector stock) or you can use your own designs.
The other thing I’ll be using is the resulting image from my previous tutorial. You can download it here or make one of your own following the instructions from “How to create concentric elements in Adobe Illustrator” tutorial.
So let’s start!
First you should fill the black gaps inside the ornament. We are not going to feel each gap – just making the concentric ornament look more solid.
Take few elements from “Psychedelic face elements” pack and arrange them somewhere between existing “shrooms”.
Use Direct Selection Tool (A) to drag the points of the elements to the desired positions.
Rotate 2 copies of the modified box – one 90o and another -90o. Adjust their size and position.
Group the new elements (Cmd+G)
Use the technique described in my previous tutorial to make a circle of these groups.
If you are not using the resulting image from the previous tutorial you can skip this step otherwise select all (Cmd + A) and rotate by 5.625o.
Add another circle of elements (long ears in my case) to fill the blacks inside the azure circle.
Make all the elements a bit bigger and add a snaky element in the top left corner.
Add more snakes! They all should be under the circle. Select all of them and press Cmd+Shift+[ (Send to Back).
Now add some eyes to fill the black gaps between the snakes.
Select all the snakes and all the eyes and group ’em (Cmd+G). Make a copy of this group (Cmd+C then Cmd+F). Right click the copy > Transform > Reflect > Vertically. Move the copy to the top right corner. Select both snake-groups and press Cmd+G. Go to Align panel and align the resulting group vertically to the middle of the art board. Make a copy of this group, Right click > Transform > Reflect > Horizontally. Move the reflected copy to the bottom of the art board. Select all snake groups and group them once more (Cmd+G), then align them horizontally to the middle of the art board.
If you are not using the resulting image from the previous tutorial you are done! Otherwise select the circles and rotate by -5.625o.