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Organic bird by elderarc Organic bird by elderarc
This is my first foray into Celtic knotwork. Phew, it's not easy! There is a spot where there are two 'overs'... sorry. It's my first try give me a break, lol!

Well I decided (after two failed inking attempts) to 'ink' with graphite... so I combined knotwork and a sketch. I thought the lines looked like vines so I colored them to hopefully make them look organic and flowy vines or wood. Keep in mind that I am learning sketching so I'm not that good at that, either.

I'm so happy with my new scanner! It scans so well!!

4H, 2B,4B, 8B graphite pencils, kneadable eraser :heart: , Q-tips and about two days worth of fiddling with it.

Completely my design, freehanded. No graphs! I did scan and flip the wing and redraw so both wings were similar in shape.
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Slushy-Pye Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wicked design! :aww:
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elderarc Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!! :glomp:
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philho Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice design. Not strictly conforming to knotwork "rules" (or, rather, tradition), because of the branching, but somehow this breaking is conferring some originality and the result is very interesting.
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elderarc Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
lol thanks... well it is original and also a first attempt... I had never done anything like it before. :D

But I did see a tutorial where the branching is acceptable as long as you don't have two overs or unders in a row. Actually, I've seen many, many pieces with branching in them. Maybe it's a new tradition or a more modern interpretation than the traditional knotwork from old days...

'Branching' is an interesting word as these are indeed supposed to be branches of vines.
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BumbleBeesh Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow really great design :wow: I love it!!! 8)
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elderarc Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! :tighthug:
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Birthstone Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
wonderful
I like it alot
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elderarc Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :glomp:
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Birthstone Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
you are welcome:hug:
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Obeadience Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Should be made into jewelry. Awesome!!!
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elderarc Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :hug: You know, I was thinking the same thing? Only I don't know how to handle the over and under bits. Most of my beads are round and not flat....

Though I did get some awesome bronze bugle glass beads and I want to try that Russian necklace you have made? It looks awesome! Just gotta figure out the technique. I think I know how to do it, just a matter of planning the time. :glomp:
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Obeadience Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Check out Peter Stone ([link]) about getting it made in silver. They produce original designs for sale, you might make some moolah!

The pattern for the Russian necklace was in either Beadwork or Bead and Button around, oh, 2001 or 2002. . .called The Russian Wave. You can probably look it up. It's a double-needle technique. . .complicated but SO worth it.:)

Hugs,

Holly
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elderarc Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh I've done many projects using double needles so that part will be ok with me. The bracelet I posted in my gallery (months ago... I think it's in my artisan folder in gallery) uses two needles also. I will google it and see what I come up with. :D Thanks! :hug:
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Obeadience Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Anytime, thanks for the comment on CoA.
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elderarc Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! Lovely piece!
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Rellj Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
great design... very thoughtful
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elderarc Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :hug:
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous, gorgeous. This is a great present - he's going to love it!
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elderarc Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :tighthug: hey! I just joined a club you may be interested in! :icontheknotters: their gallery is full of incredible knotwork and I am sure we can both learn from them!
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LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You're absolutely welcome!

I'll definitely be joining up as well! Thanks for the heads up (:
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elderarc Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! :heart:
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gabbyd70 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
I think this is a great drawing!! :D very nice work :aww: I like the design. And about the black parts...you will always be able to see the little white parts from certain angles. you just have to adjust your scan settings so it doesn't show them :)
Or you could use a charcoal pencil or marker, then you wont have the spots :)
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elderarc Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Lol I did try charcoal but it blurred the edge details and I had to rework part of the vines so I ditched that idea and stuck with graphite. My poor 8B pencil is sharpened all short now from just one use! :D

The first two times I drew this I tried to ink with marker and it feathered and bled. So no marker will touch my pencil drawings! :D

Thank you so much for looking at my drawing and for the nice comment! It means a lot to me! :tighthug:

Unfortunately the spots will have to stay because this is a gift for family and it's already framed and I hope he likes it. I'm a little worried that it's not nice enough for a gift. :shrug: It's the thought that counts, no? :D
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gabbyd70 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
I think its a great gift! no worries, my drawings do that too :)
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elderarc Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :hug: you are the one who inspired me to try pencils in the beginning. And today I got to try my new graphite set! It's so nice to have more than two types of pencil, lol! I shall be spoiled now! :D
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gabbyd70 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
:aww: Well have fun drawing!! :hug:
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TinaNordloh Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
This is amazing!! I adore it!
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elderarc Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so very much! :tighthug: I'm so happy someone likes it, lol! :heart: and thank you for the fav also!
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TinaNordloh Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I adore celtic knotwork!! You did a very nice job!
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elderarc Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :bow:
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TinaNordloh Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
you are most welcome!
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