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Tutorial - Celtic Zoomorphic Designs by one-rook Tutorial - Celtic Zoomorphic Designs by one-rook
The aim of this tutorial is to show you how I plan and put together my zoomorphic animal designs based on traditional Celtic art. The advice contained can also be applicable to some Nordic art, though obviously there are subtle differences in style that you'll want to check out before you label it Norse art. (Actually, doing this tutorial got me thinking about putting together another tutorial outlining differences between different Celtic and Nordic traditional styles.)

I hope it helps! I'd also love feedback, and I'd be happy to answer questions, so feel free to leave a comment or drop me a note in my profile!

As always, I'm open for commissions.
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tecsjack Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
thanks for the tut man , very useful! specially the PS bit, great to get these sorts of tips from regular users. I find that components like heads, define celtic/saxon art. What do you think? Thanks again.
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one-rook Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
glad you like it!  There are a number of different things that distinguish different periods and areas of Celtic and Norse art from each other, but heads (and eyes especially) are definitely on the list.
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Young-Jacob Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial. :) It looks really good and should come in handy.
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Glorielfwings Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial!!!! :iconsweethugplz:
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one-rook Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Glorielfwings Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My absolute pleasure! Loved how you explained it and want to try it at some point!
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1sand0s Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Excellent tutorial. I've told myself that if I ever did get a tattoo it would be a red Celtic phoenix of my own design. This should help get something started. I'll always be amazed by genuine traditional Celtic knot work since I'm not too hot with that style.
"Ink be permanent, yo"... I got a kick out of that. And about the cats, which is true. While the bit about the ink is true, I don't have the steadiest hand in the world and do make mistakes. I've learned white ink with a small paint brush, using it much like white out, works wonders as long as you plan on transferring the drawing digitally. Also, an alternatives to Step 6 is to scan it at a high resolution (300 dpi at least) as a 2-bit image. You may need to clean up errant splotches with either white ink or Photoshop but as long as the white is white and the black is black, you end up with a solid digital copy. It's the same result as Step 6 but it's an alternative if you don't have a good camera. You don't have to worry about camera shake or shadow and I imagine it a tad bit faster. Steps 7-10 are new to me though so I may have to start trying that when I scan my B&W inkings in.
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one-rook Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like the tutorial. And thanks for the tip about Step 6. My immediate problem is that I don't own a scanner, so I'm stuck taking photos of my work until I can afford one.
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Luusan Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Thanks for posting this.. :) It's helpful to have a starting point... I would love to see you do a tutorial on the differences between Celtic and Nordic styles..
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one-rook Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome. That tutorial will happen sometime, though I'm not at all sure when.
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