Recently, I finished watching Fullmetal Alchemist the original series, and quite enjoyed it. I particularly liked the artist, yet highly structured and geometric patterns of the transmutation circles, and decided to draw one. However, I wanted to make something that was more than simply a cool pattern, but symbolically relevant, as well. So, given the stress placed on the concept of "Equivalent Exchange" throughout the series, I designed a transmutation circle that incorporates elements of the Christian faith, and scriptures which talk about the exchange made for us in the form of Christ's death on the cross.
I first created the circle and text with a pencil, then traced over that with a Faber-Castell india ink pen. Unfortunately, I didn't have any of my inks with my at college, so I had to settle for some red calligraphy ink I picked up at the college bookstore, which is much brighter and less bloody-looking than I would have liked. I may go over it in a darker ink if the opportunity presents itself.