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Volto Santo

"The sacred face . . .
A vision
Of enlightenment"

2013
Metallic Gel Pen on Illustration Board
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:iconkadarr:
Kadarr Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can easily become lost within this piece while being right at home.
Mesmerizing  o_0
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Good day EM

My gratitude for your kind words towards my work. I do admit that this is one of my favorite works of all time, as the sacred face just looks back in such a (dare I say) loving manner. I see that we both tap into that inner realm, whereas you use fractals as part of your work.

Salamat (thank you) at samuli (and until then),

Lakan
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shane21286 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
true insight. beautiful.
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:iconlakandiwa:
Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much Shane
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Jason-C Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:O
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WallabyArt-Poetry Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
quite impressive. i always love a blend of artistic talent and introspectiveness/spirituality.
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:iconlakandiwa:
Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much my friend
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:iconjacobjwetzel:
jacobjwetzel Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
wow
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:iconlakandiwa:
Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Jacob
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xenomorph1138 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I continue to be in awe when I think about your connection to the higher parts of your consciousness and your ability to translate your dreams and visions (4D) and put them down on to a 2 dimensional surface. Your use of symbolism in your artwork, I think aids the viewer in having a somewhat better understanding of your visions and what they might mean to ourselves and our connection to everything in the universe. I don't know if that makes any sense or not.
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Baron

Yes you are making sense . . . Yes I have studied symbols for almost 40 years until I realized the universality of it all. In truth it isn't always easy staying in-synch with the universe while living in the day-to-day. At times they just flash at the oddest times (my wife complained of how many nights I have not been beside her in bed) . . . still I do have to share these because many of the message are never for me
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curiousyogi Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
How do you do this? Where do you start? This is amazing!
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your kind words my friend

And about your question . . . there are several ways to answer this query:

1) I always do rough pencil sketches on the black surface, using a B lead which can be very easy to see against the dark back ground. I use a ruler, compass and protractor to mark down the basic geometric shapes. But after all the basic format is penciled, the all the details are just inked free-hand, including the straight lines

2) Some of my works come from dream and meditative visions . . . but these images are 4D, so I sometimes have to make sketches to try to capture the essence of the visions. . . or sometimes I just draw it straight on the black background

3) I usually start from the center and move outwards, and in this case it was the eyes
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BaldassareCossa Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So good I have to share on my Facebook Timeline!
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:iconlakandiwa:
Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You did?

Thanks!
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:iconhermafrodite:
hermafrodite Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
murder
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:iconlakandiwa:
Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep . . . that's how my hands felt when I finished this piece :)
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:iconeskoplja:
Eskoplja Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student General Artist
I love it! Very interesting :love:
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:iconlakandiwa:
Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you my dear Ena
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:iconeskoplja:
Eskoplja Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome :hug:
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:iconjinrobi:
jinrobi Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
breath-taking...
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks

Put on display once with one half of the work covered, and made people feel uneasy (but in a good way) as they felt someone staring at them
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BaldassareCossa Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your art as ever is the most beautiful and profound I have seen Lakandiwa. I never cease to be amazed.
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Salamat (thanks) kaibigan (my friend)
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bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional
nice job
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:iconlakandiwa:
Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Bear
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Lou-in-Canada Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013   Traditional Artist
gorgeous! Your work is always so lovely intricate! I like :love:
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Greetings Lou

I have great respect for your works, hence such a kind resonance for you is truly heart warming

Salamat (thanks) at samuli (and until then),

Lakan
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snazzie-designz Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013   General Artist
Stunning. This must've taken ages to do. Beautiful :D
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Greetings my friend

My gratitude for such kind words.

To be truthful, it now takes me around 8 to 10 hours to finish a piece, but it has taken me a lifetime to master my medium

Salamat (thanks) at samuli (and until then),

Lakan
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snazzie-designz Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013   General Artist
Your artwork resonates at such a high level, that I am unsurprised to find that you are well on your way on the path of enlightenment. :meditate: Kapayapaan
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you my friend,

To wit be enlightenment? A path of knowing and being . . . could be, but I am also just enjoying who I am now, including having days when I am as dumb as a rock. :)

And still I do what I can to make life a little better . . . even if I try (big emphasis on try)not to take things too seriously . . . sometimes I am unsure if I make any sense :)

Salamat muli (thanks again),

Lakan
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snazzie-designz Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013   General Artist
That's the trick though isn't it? You can't find enlightenment by looking for it. You can only be enlightened if you live your life being true to yourself, and that is exactly what you are doing :D
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
There in no enlightenment in just looking at any mandala, but in meditation and prayer one can gain some insights that will help you in life . . . and as you practice more kindness and simplicity in living . . . then the more you take steps to that concept of enlightenment . . . contentment or bliss

Although I do many meditative works and teach both life discovery mandala workshops and practical skills (I teach in a college) . . . bills, bad neighbors, politics, traffic, pollutions. . . all these can always weather your spirit, and even cause some to lose perspective of what they are trying to achieve . . . so a lighthearted yet vigilant daily life is always what the I prescribe for living :)
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snazzie-designz Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013   General Artist
Excellent :D
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:iconlakandiwa:
Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Greetings

My gratitude for such kind words.

To be truthful, it takes me no just about 8 to 10 hours to finish an artwork, but it has taken me a lifetime to master my medium

Salamat (thanks) at samuli (and until then),

Lakan
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Fractalvision Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
The level of detail you achieve never ceases to amaze me. Fantastic work.
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Greetings Patrick

I do admit when I made this piece I (in a sense) wanted to create a 'magnum opus', pouring in every technique I could incorporate . . . just a way to celebrate my first works for the year

People say the eyes are calling to them . . . I do think so

Salamat (thanks) at samuli (and until then),

Lakan
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Fractalvision Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
They definitely call to me! :)
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VincentAParker Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The level of detail in this piece is mentally staggering! Each click to make it larger reveals more and more beautiful strokes. Magickally entrancing! How large is the original piece?
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Greetings Vincent

My gratitude for you kind words.

This piece is just around 15x20 inches / 38x52 cm

Salamat (thanks) at samuli (and until then),

Lakan
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artserge Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These are just getting better all the time.
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Greetings Matthew

As long as we have the passion, we will always get better

Salamat (thanks) at samuli (and until then),

Lakan
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hadas64 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!
this is amazing, so beautiful
the more I look at it the more mysterious it looks.
why is it doing it to me?
oh!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just realised now after looking again
it is happening again my friend
the mandala I work on now was a most strange vision and it is taking me into unknown ereas.
it has tow circles inside a triangel inside a squer incide a circle..............
now I understand why
you will see soon
this experience is breathtaking!!
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Greetings Hadas

I am very happy about how much your works have grown and flowed into such wonderfully deeper truths. It is always heart warming to be in touch with co-sojourners in the spirit

Salamat (thanks) at samuli (and until then),

Lakan
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hadas64 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
my dear Lakan
here it is ([link])
do you see it?
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Greetings once again

Yes I did look at this mandala sometime ago, but I just didn't have the time to properly organize my thoughts for a proper reply.

Could you give me 5 words that have very strong meaning to you, along with their Hebrew translations . . . and I will use it as an inspiration for one of my future works

:)
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hadas64 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
five words................
love - AHAVA
feeling - REGESH
daughter - BUT (pronounced exactly the same as the English word)
seeking - LEHAPES
knowing - LADA'AT
.....................
you made me stop and sink into myself to seek for these five words.
thank you my friend.
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Mandinga91 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
what a masterpiece! you upgrade yourself everyday!
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Lakandiwa Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Greetings Santiago

My gratitude for your kind words and resonance to my work.

In this path or artist and teacher, the passion and love must never cease . . . and in that our work will always grow

Salamat (thanks) at samuli (and until then),

Lakan
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