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Drawing Celtic Knots - Weaves by sidneyeileen Drawing Celtic Knots - Weaves by sidneyeileen
This tutorial is based on my Celtic Meerkats [link] design.

It attempts to walk the reader through the process by which I drew the weaves around the meerkats. I hope you find it useful, or at least interesting.
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Drawing Celtic Knots - Weaves by =sidneyeileen is a wonderful tutorial where this artist shares her techniques in the traditional design and illustration of these decorative interlaced patterns.I am sure this will be useful to most artists who wish too learn this creative style of graphical embellishment. Thank you for sharing. ( Featured by znow-white )
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tomytieneblas74 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Student General Artist
I find this very hands-on and interesting :). For some reason I'm amazed by Celtic designs like these even though I'm South American.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
You don't have to be from the culture that created an art style to appreciate it or want to emulate it in your own art.  There are lots of art styles from all around the world that I admire.  Thank you.  :aww:
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tomytieneblas74 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks, good to know ! :wave:
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adama88 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
Hi,
Your work is very interesting. I have however a question. What is the font you used for writting your tutorial.
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feinye Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
Very interesting and inspirational. I would like to try this. Thank you for the tutorial. Fab work.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome.  :aww:
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outolumo Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Expertise shows :)
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Bostonology Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I love Celtic knots AND this tutorial, so thanks a bunch for it! Also wanted to say congrats on the DD!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very welcome, and thank you.  :aww:
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SeraphSisters Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Very very nice! I like it a lot :). You do celtic knots a lot like I do in the sense of kind of free-styling it, instead of using a grid. You mentioned a light-box a couple times, what did you mean by that? After inking it, what did you use to color it? How big was the paper that you drew it on? Awesome work, and good tutorial :)
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The drawing itself is 7" in diameter. A lightbox is a box with a semi-clear or clear top, and a light inside it. You put something on it, with a paper over it, and light the light, and can see the bottom layer through the top. (my apologies if my writing isn't clear right now - Search for "lightbox" and you'll come up with links to ones for sale so you can see what they are). I used Copic markers to color it.

I'm glad you enjoyed the tutorial. :aww:
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SeraphSisters Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
ok, thanks! You're the third person i've found on DA in the past few weeks who's art I love and they used copic markers to do it...i'm going to have to go get some of those...
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
They are really awesome pens. I'm not a big fan of markers, but I do like them a lot.
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SeraphSisters Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yes! I finally bought a few (darn they are expensive!!), and I'm enjoying them already!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:w00t!:
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SeraphSisters Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, what paper do you use when you draw/color w/copic markers?
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snazzie-designz Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013   General Artist
Suoer tutorial :D Thanks :D
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very welcome. :aww:
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trinitywarriordragon Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I am trying very hard to learn how to draw celtic knots, I found this page very helpful to me!! thank you ms. Sidney!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're most welcome. If you haven't seen it yet, you might also want to check out the group #TheKnotters. All skill levels are welcome, and there is a gallery folder just for tutorials.
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trinitywarriordragon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
wow! That's really cool! Thank you again!
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AthenaStorm Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the tutorial!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very welcome. :aww:
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bertw63 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good tutorial. And very cool finished piece!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :aww:
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LaHaRo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
OMG

amazing!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Thanks.
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Onyangen Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
How do you manage to draw the lines so smoothly? I've tried a few knotwork pieces but my biggest problem is that my hand isn't steady enough to give it the professional look that your work has, and I end up with uneven lines here and there.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
The lines in my knotwork are not completely even. There is some variation in the line width and the distances between the lines, but sometimes it's not obvious at screen resolution and size. Hand-drawn lines will never be as smooth and perfect as computer-generated lines, nor should they be, and as the artist you will ALWAYS see more of the imperfections than anyone else. When other people look at your drawings they will see the design and not the imperfections (provided the imperfections are small compared to the overall design), and when your skills are developed it's very likely that other people will only see your mistakes when you point them out or if the individual examining the artwork takes a long time examining the minute details which most people just absorb.

Looking at your gallery, I see what you mean about your mistakes. Some pieces are more clean than others, implying that you are still in the process of developing your skills with precise drawing. Celtic art is one of those styles where development of precise drawing skills is essential to creating quality art, because it shows when those skills are not fully developed. With practice and development of your skills, I have absolutely no doubt that you will be able to create the precise designs you seek.

I can give you some tips to help you develop your skills. Be sure to draw in pencil first. Make the lines precise in pencil, so all you need to do is trace them. I have a quiver in my arm, so to create a steady line I place my hand on the paper while I draw to stabilize it. If you need to stabilize your hand, experiment with different ways of steadying it. Other than that, practice, practice, practice. Practice any form of art or art exercise which requires precision. Develop your drawing skills in general, and you will see it translate into greater precision with your line drawings as well.
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ROAOAI Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
whoa... :eyepopping: when i draw them it's completely different methodology. I have grids and stuff... with you it just Happens... (goes off into a corner to feel like a cheater) seriously, though. Absolutely incredible. :)
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Using a grid is quite common, and not at all cheating. You can't just hand someone a grid and expect a beautiful or even coherent knot. It still takes effort and creativity. :aww: Since you draw knotwork, you might check out #TheKnotters. :nod:
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ROAOAI Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! (is truly inspired)
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :aww:
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kristion Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
Dear Sidney Eileen.
Nice work! As my family name is Mercat, and I am a knot specialist, I take your nice drawing quite personally :-)
I think your technique could be simplified with the help of my own tutorial here: [link] which has been around for about 15 years now.
Best regards, Christian Mercat
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Angel-Katsuke Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wouldn't attempt that in a million years...
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:giggle:
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Angel-Katsuke Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job, though! :heart:
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Hierognosis Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Your level of intricacy is amazing. Every single time I try to do something like this I feel like I can see forever. Or at least into the abyss.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I know exactly what you mean. Knotwork is odd that way. :aww:
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jaxdude88 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome.. tyvm :)
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thanks.
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jaxdude88 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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ddonovan Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
kudos to you for taking the time to create this tutorial. well deserved DD
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. :aww:
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coragus Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
how many years did it take you to get to this complexity??
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:confused: It didn't really work that way for me. I tried for years to make even simple knots and they never turned out. One day something just clicked, and I was able to successfully design knots of any complexity. How complex they are is more a matter of how much area I have to cover, and how much time I want to spend on the piece.
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coragus Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
ok ...
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hikaritoyami Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
Thank you so much! Just the other day I asked someone how to draw knots and this is a lot better explanation. Thank you!!!
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very welcome. I'm glad it helped. :aww:
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bear48 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Professional
wonderful work

Thank you
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