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Celtic Tutorial 1 by Dweran Celtic Tutorial 1 by Dweran
UPDATE: This was the best I could do six years ago, but I've simplified things radically since then. You can see the results in my DVD, which is much the easiest way to learn how to draw Celtic knots: amzn.to/1PLziYJ

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Part one in the series I'm doing of Celtic art tutorials. These are basically the notes for the class I'm teaching in RL; I thought since I was making all of these knot diagrams to hand out in my class, I might as well put some explanation around them and post them here.

Basically, the tutorial is mine, but the knots are not. The knots were made by artists that lived 1800-3000 years ago, and there's no copyright that can be put on them.

If this tutorial is confusing to you, let me know so I can fix it; if this helps anyone with a project they do I'd love to see it! Let me know what you think!

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Links to my other Celtic tutorials:

Borders: dweran.deviantart.com/art/Celt…

Panels: dweran.deviantart.com/art/Celt…
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:iconazraelia:
Azraelia Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
very helpful, thank you
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:icondweran:
Dweran Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're welcome.
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:iconnahtsasrai:
NahtsAsrai Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
I'm a kind of celtic obsessed and I was looking for something like that
Before find this tutorial I though it was impossible to draw. Now, I think it just a little complicated.
I'll keep practicing. Thank you again!
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:icondweran:
Dweran Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
You are quite welcome. It isn't impossible; it just takes a lot of patience and careful measuring to draw. :)
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SeraphSisters Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Excellent tutorial! I have been drawing celtic knots for a while. Not traditional ones I guess, and I've never read any books or studied traditional celtic art. I was just naturally drawn to the lovely over-and-under twisty-ness of it and started free-handing it from my head about 8 or so years ago. I've never used a grid, or any of those techniques you mentioned except for using a single line guide, then going back and adding the over-under double line. I didn't know those techniques existed, I just drew when I felt, I suppose. I'd love it if you'd check out my knots and let me know what you think, as far as the look of them from a non-traditional angle. I guess I just like my knots more organic and creative, though I plan on buying the book you mentioned and studying up on traditional celtic art from the past so I can do it if I want to. At least it will teach me new techniques and more variety, which I do need :). Thanks and i'll be checking out the other tutorials!
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:icondweran:
Dweran Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm currently putting together a tutorial showing my work process on a set of celtic bookmarks, and I should have it up by this weekend. I've already got them done, I just need to have them printed and slap some text on the images.

I'll take a look at your art and comment away! :) Glad you liked the tutorial, and I hope the slightly different approach gives you fun new tools to work with.
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SeraphSisters Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
awesome! i believe i've watched you...yes...so i'll see it when you post them.
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celinaclraw Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for sharing this! I'll try it out seriously some time, and with the rough sketches I just tried it worked very well :)
For me it's a new way of thinking while drawing but I think I can get used to it!
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:icondweran:
Dweran Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
I hope it works well for you! I've a couple other tutorials on celtic knots that might help as you delve deeper, and if you ever get stuck feel free to ask me for help.
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speyegull Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Thank you so much for sharing these! Just what I was looking for!
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:icondweran:
Dweran Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
You are quite welcome. If you need further help, feel free to message me and ask.
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:iconcenturion-tonitrius:
Centurion-Tonitrius Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
I am just beggining to draw celtic knots but so far for beginning your's is the most helpful i have found
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:icondweran:
Dweran Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Let me know if there is anything you need explained/demonstrated, or if there is any other way I can help. I enjoy teaching this art form :)
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:iconcenturion-tonitrius:
Centurion-Tonitrius Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
If i need more assistance i will ask thank you for your help, once i am comfortable with it i will most likely post some pics
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:iconelementaljess:
ElementalJess Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Connect the dots! Hurray! Thank you :D :D
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:icondweran:
Dweran Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
It really is that simple. And you are quite welcome. :D
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Ktz25xXxhazel Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I adore Celtic knots, but always found them too complicated to attempt. However, this tutorial makes them seem a lot less scary, thanks!
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:icondweran:
Dweran Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're welcome! They may look intimidating, but they just need a bit of patience and careful measuring. Anyone can do it, given time. :)

If you make some, I'd enjoy getting to see what you came up with!
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alessiamania Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student
Thank you a lot for this helpful tutorial!
I have a question...is there a name for the second-last knot (the one with three points of starting)? i hope you can help me more..
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:icondweran:
Dweran Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
The four triangular knots are all variations on the Triquetra; as far as I know they do not have specific names. Very few knots do, or if they did those names were lost with the death of the Celtic culture a few thousand years ago.

How may I help you? What would you like to know?
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alessiamania Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student
Knots are so interesting! Thank you for sharing your knownledge.
I'm a student in Graphics and i'm from Italy. For my final work I'm developing a board game, similar to the game of the goose. It's inspired by a novel wrote by an italian writer Italo Calvino. the knot i asked you aboout will be the track of the game, a knot as a path in a forest, where roots and branches melt together. I'm still in the first part of the work. so i'm picking up some information. I liked this precise knot because it fits well the rules and the estethics of the game. that's it
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:icondweran:
Dweran Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sounds fascinating! When you finish, I'd like to see it if you post it on dA.
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Pushdug Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, this is very helpful! :dummy:
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:icondweran:
Dweran Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
You are quite welcome!
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alia8 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
will definitely give this a go thanks!
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:icondweran:
Dweran Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Did it help?
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xStelmariax Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm going to try this out, thank you for posting this!
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:icondweran:
Dweran Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Did it work for you?
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:iconxstelmariax:
xStelmariax Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, it's awesome! I still have to practice more, though =D
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:iconceltickawaii:
CelticKawaii Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for making this tutorial! :worship: This is great!
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:icondweran:
Dweran Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconastron-uia:
Astron-uia Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank's for sharing, I tried some of them and they came out nicely :) I'll try to scan them :)
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:icondweran:
Dweran Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're quite welcome :)

Glad it worked for you; I look forward to seeing them.
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Ladybug1985 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It is very nice of you to share your creativity with us I cant wait to try these myself.
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:icondweran:
Dweran Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're quite welcome! If you do try them out, I'd love to see what you come up with :)
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Ladybug1985 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I will post them and send you the link ;)
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:iconcosmicecc:
cosmicecc Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
thanks for sharing - definitely gonna try this when i get home!
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:icondweran:
Dweran Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
You're quite welcome! Hope it works for you.
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:iconfulstein:
Fulstein Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
interesting method, thanks for sharing
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:icondweran:
Dweran Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
You're welcome; but looking at your gallery, it seems you're way beyond the simple things I'm demonstrating :) You have some very impressive work here.
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:iconfulstein:
Fulstein Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
lol, thanks I feel the same way about your gallery XD
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:iconbeauw:
BeauW Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
Great tutorials.

As an aside: what is the sweet hand-letter like font you are using?
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:icondweran:
Dweran Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)

It's called "Immortal;" I bought it as part of a 10,000 font package, and I no longer remember who made it :( Sorry!
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anikasgubim Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent tutorial!
Helps a lot <3
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:icondweran:
Dweran Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Glad you find it helpful!

If you make anything with it, let me know, eh?
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:iconanikasgubim:
anikasgubim Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sure!
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zuvelioke Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this lovely tutorial :bow: I have tried some of them in my sketchbooks and inserted one into my newest drawing [link]
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:icondweran:
Dweran Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Ah! Glad it was of use!
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:iconzuvelioke:
zuvelioke Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It was indeed :)
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TeaLDraco Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011   General Artist
Tried out a couple so far: [link] and [link]
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