Please help me paint authentic Celtic patterns
when i start creating an authentic original celtic pattern i always keep a couple of key points in mind. most celtic patterns primarily feature repeating geometric knotwork, spirals and sometimes animal, floral or human motifs appear in the mix. to answer rose-marie’s question i decide to use a simple knotwork pattern with a wolf design
when i’m tasked with developing a symmetric pattern like this, i usually start off by creating a smart object of the desired symmetrical effect. here, i’m replicating it in quadrants. i want to use it for a round shield design in my illustration, so i make sure to create some circular guides. i usually concept up a couple of ideas, and after a few sketches i lay them all out and pick the one that i like best.
the main feature of the knotwork is to “weave” the pattern over and under each overlapping element. when adding flora or fauna motifs to your celtic pattern, make sure to keep the design more stylised in nature as opposed to a realistic approach. you’ll quickly realise that you can create any shape or design to look like a celtic pattern when you start applying this simple technique. after finishing up the basic design i want to implement it into an illustration, so i put together an image of a celtic/ Viking style woman holding a big sword.
Celtic animal motifs are generally stylised and minimalist. The main elements of the body are often turned into the geometric knotwork of the pattern as well. Think of the motifs as designs more than realistic depictions of animals. Here’s the finished pattern adorning a warrior’s shield. Notice how the pattern goes above and below the repeating elements.