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Thorbjorn Fargeron by adalheidis

this is excellent work. well done. i love the detail on your reproduction from the photo, and it really has a solid Norse feel to it th...


Giant Thor and Jormungandr tattoo design by one-rook
Giant Thor and Jormungandr tattoo design
My first major design of 2016, and the biggest commission I've ever had. A giant, sprawling tattoo design for a friendly Marine named Sean.
He wanted something using Jormungandr, the "helm of awe" design, and a shield-knot, but other than that he left the design specs mostly up to me. I ended up going with the myth of Thor fishing for Jormungandr using a bull's head as bait. You can see the bull's head positioned right above the heart, with Jormungander biting down on it, and the fishing line and the serpent twining all over. The runes beneath the "helm of awe" design read "saemd" and "knod," translating roughly to "honor" and "duty."

(PLEASE NOTE: this design was a private commission, and is the property of the client who paid for it.  Please do not use it in any way without speaking to me.)
Illuminated Chomsky by one-rook
Illuminated Chomsky
A favorite Noam Chomsky quote of mine ever since high school, calligraphed in "insular majuscule" font and Celtic design nonsense:

"There are no magic answers, no miraculous methods to overcome the problems we face, just the familiar ones: honest search for understanding, education, organization, action that raises the cost of state violence for its perpetrators or that lays the basis for institutional change -- and the kind of commitment that will persist despite the temptations of disillusionment, despite many failures and only limited successes, inspired by the hope of a brighter future."
Illuminated Carpet Page 'Gaudy' by one-rook
Illuminated Carpet Page 'Gaudy'
Finally getting around to posting photos of the finished pieces from the Sibling Rivalries show with my awesome sister.  Interestingly, although the "Gaudy" theme was my least favorite of them, I actually would up being super proud of the finished product.

14x18", ink, gouache, and faux gold leaf on parchment-style calligraphy paper


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Rook C.
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
I'm an artist, I guess. Actually, most of the time I'm a graduate student, pursuing my doctorate in Sociology. I have a lot of fun with it. But I also can't seem to stay away from art, and it's been taking up more and more of my time.
I'm also a husband, a son, a brother, a friend to humans and animals, a music-lover, a beard enthusiast, and an all-purpose nerd.
I like other people. Feel free to strike up a conversation sometime.
Hey folks!  I'm happy to announce, in a little less than three weeks, I'll be doing an art show featuring ten brand new pieces and a bunch of old favorites here in Champaign, Illinois!  Better yet, I will be showing alongside my talented and incomparably cool sister, Kate Cragoe!  If you're in the area, you should come by.  If you miss the opening but still want to see the art, it'll be in the Springer Cultural Center gallery until the first week of December.

Here's the Facebook event page: Sibling Rivalries

Basic info on the show:
In March of 2014, Caitlin Lill (Nick's wife) issued Nick and Kate a challenge: make ten pieces of art, each creating an interpretation around the same ten themes. Acting as the "family curator," Caitlin will explore the striking similarities and hilarious differences between the artistic kin. Their assigned themes were: 

- Futuristic
- Chimera
- Gaudy
- Calligraphy
- Minimal
- Carnival
- Wilderness
- Ocean Dwellers
- Brother/Sister
- Home

Nick and Katie's twenty theme pieces will come together in a show called ***Sibling Rivalries*** at the Champaign Park District Springer Cultural Center, running 10/16-12/4. 

Join us for an artists reception on 10/16 from 5:30-7:30pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

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meitetsudrawingtime Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your knot works is unreal. I'm speechless..
one-rook Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you!  And thanks for watching!
meitetsudrawingtime Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're an inspiration. I've only been drawing celtic themed pics and knots for a year and after seeing your gallery it makes want to go harder.
one-rook Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's very kind!  Absolutely keep at it!  It's a sometimes maddening but always rewarding hobby.
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shaka1993 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
Your welcome for the watch :) I'm in the market for a Celtic quarter sleeve incorporating the Valknut, the the Aetts, Odin's ravens and wolves and Yggdrasil. I was thinking of having the wolves under the branches with the ravens and Valknut in the branches and the Aetts around the Valknut. How much do you think that would cost
one-rook Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hard to say.  Depending on the level of detail, necessary revisions, color, etc., I'd normally charge somewhere between $120-220 (USD) for something like that.
shaka1993 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
Awesome. I'll let you know when I can do it
one-rook Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Please do!  :) (Smile) 
Roxy-the-art-nut Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty awesome work for a nerd :) Amazing stuff...  Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart 
klowolk Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist
me gusta!)
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