One Old Man, the Fox and Some More Mandalas

June 27 was 137 days ago. That means the last time I posted something here was 137 days ago. It has been long time and there are a lot I want to share with you. But I try to keep long story short and instead of writing a novel here I try to mention the most important things.

First of all, I have studied a lot. Maybe you remember that in one of my latest posts I wrote that the key to become better artist is to learn. I admit I neglected my goal to “educate myself about basics of light and shadow and how colours work” almost immediately after setting the goal. However, I have improved my skills in both Inkscape and GIMP. Especially my development in GIMP is what is worth mentioning. Because, now I see how little I knew about the program, when I drew my Prince picture. And I believe that this is the main reason why I left it unfinished. I hope that one day I pull myself together and complete it.

But my studies do not only include art. I also started learning one programming language Python in September and resumed my self study in Russian (it’s quite essential to know Russian if you live in Estonia). Very helpful tool for me has been the Duolingo app. Of course you can’t learn language only by using the app, but it’s very good tool for keeping you motivated.

In the same post, where I wrote about how important the learning is, I also mentioned that I had to create mandalas because of my work. And the reason I had to draw these is because during the Code Week our library participated in the exhibition Generation Code: Born at the Library. This was the interactive exhibition showcasing the top innovative digital exhibits from public libraries across the EU which held in the European Parliament during the 17-18 October. Our exhibition was about digital drawing and we made the mandalas with the Inkscape, using Wacom Intuos Pro drawing tablets.

During all this time I prepared for the exhibition and the time we were there (and even after that) I have done so many mandalas, that I think I have enough of them for the rest of my life. 😀 Here are only some I’ve made:


One of my co-worker discovered interesting and very easy technique to do more complex mandalas. They seem difficult and hard to do, but are really only few minutes work. Of course if you have done these as many as I have, you can produce them with lesser than a minute:

Complex Mandalas

The speed was important factor, because in the exhibition we had to show many people how to do these and we had to do it quickly

I have also start using more colour pencils recently. One picture I want to share with you is the old man with the beard full of berries. I drew it for one challenge I made with my friend Dorit (she is excellent with watercolours, take a look at her blog). Long time ago, in the beginning of the summer, we were talking about how she draw mostly animals and I mostly girls, so we made a deal to draw one old man.

One Old Man

I had a plan to make the digital version of it, but haven’t done yet (and I’m not sure anymore if I ever do). I got the inspiration from one Estonian children’s book named Naksitrallid (to English it’s translated as Three Jolly Fellows). It’s written by Eno Raud, who I consider as one of the best writer from Estonia and illustrated by the wonderful Edgar Valter. The book is about the adventures of three peculiar little men: “the composed and close-to-nature Mossbeard, the irritable city dweller Halfshoe, and the sensitive poet Muff” ( The same character Mossbeard has a long soft moss beard, where beautiful red cowberries grow.

The second picture I want to share with you is the drawing of the red fox. Nothing special about this picture, but it is the FOX and do I really need the reason to share the picture of the fox? 😀 There cannot be too many foxes in one day, can it (and in one sentence also)?

The Fox.jpg


Oh, I would almost have forgotten. At the same time I was in the exhibition in Brussels, my library set up the exhibition about our library workers’ hobbies. I also brought four of my pictures there. It was so weird but as the same time exiting to see my pictures hanging in the wall.

Library Workers Hobbies Exhibition.jpg

There were so many cool things in the exhibition: photographs, paintings, clothes, felted animals, knitted and embroidered things, woodwork, basketwork etc. It shows how many talented librarians work in the Tallinn Central Library. You can take a look here.

I must finish. I have already written too much. I hope you can make it til the end. 😀

It’s really nice to be back!

Спасибо за посещение и до следующего раза 😉

14 thoughts on “One Old Man, the Fox and Some More Mandalas

  1. Hanna, I love your old man and the fox! So beautiful. love the color treatment, as well, with the colored pencils. And so nice to see your illustrations on the wall! Keep it up! You’re inspiring me to revisit my blog, which has been neglected since I started posting on Instagram…

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    1. Thank you for your lovely words, Dorit! 🙂
      How do you like Instagram? I don’t have it and I’m not sure if I should start to use it or not.

      I’ll send you material one day, how to make these mandalas, if you are interested. I need to change it little bit. You can create them quickly indeed, but the problem with them is, that they are beautiful if they are small. If you make them bigger, they look less pretty.


    1. Thanks, Liz! 🙂

      Yes, Duolingo is amazing. I also tried Memrise, but didn’t like it so much.

      I must admit that I didn’t know about CodeCademy. I am taking free e-course offered by University of Tartu (lõpetasin hiljuti kuuajase kursuse Programmeerimine maalähedaselt ja nüüd võtan kursust Programmeerimise alused, mis kestab kaks kuud ja millele tuleb järg Programmeerimise alused II). If you are interested in programming, but are new in this world or haven’t studied Python, then I really recommend these courses.

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  2. Hanna, I love your pencil drawing of the old man with a berry-filled moss beard!! (and his little feathery visitors) — it’s so ‘Estonian’ — the “people of the land” … And so glad for all your recent good work!

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  3. Wow! You’ve been up to so much cool stuff! Way to go!!! I love your pencil drawings and I’m so impressed that you can draw a mandala so quickly. I made two drawings with Illustrator a while ago. So hard! But fun. Do you have plans for your new Python skills? It’s a nice little programming language. I took a class with DataCamp two weeks ago and maybe I’ll take another. Hugs 😊

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    1. Myriam! I have missed you so much! It’s so interesting, how you can be fond of someone you haven’t actually met face-to-face. I hope you are doing well! 🙂

      The primal reason I learn Python is that recently I have felt the urgent need to use my brain. It’s been quite many years since high school where you could study maths, physics etc (and I must admit I didn’t studied in high school too much :P). I don’t believe I become programmer one day, but I think it would be nice to know little, so maybe one day I can program my own web page. 😛 And also, it helps to understand better how computers work.

      Oh, I’ll check DataCamp. Do you like it? This CodeCademy Liz wrote above seems also great place where you can learn Python. I registered myself as user there, but haven’t got chance to use it so much yet. 🙂

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      1. Hi, Hanna :-). I missed you too. I was happy to see you posting again and I was happy to hear that you are doing well. I find your “blog-person” fun to hang out with.

        Good reasons to learn programming. I like it for all those reasons too :-). I haven’t taken another course with DataCamp, but I noticed today that they added a new course on how to build web applications with R. Their courses tend to focus on data analysis, and some courses use R and others use Python. I didn’t know that one could build web apps with R so I’m curious about that course. I’d also like to take another Python class. I like that Jupyter Notebooks are web-based and have all kinds of neat features. There is a monthly or yearly fee for DataCamp (except for a few free courses) so I want to be sure I’ll use it before getting a subscription.


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