Celtic Cross Drawings
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Celtic Cross Drawings and sketches are revered throughout Ireland for their ancient heritage and charm.
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The Celtic cross is perhaps the most recognizable crucifix in the world for its exception detail and painstaking beauty.
An iconic symbol of Ireland, the image of the Celtic cross has been
used for centuries in Ireland's churches, public statuary, jewelry, and
even embraced by the Waterford Crystal Company.
to draw this impressive figure may take a bit of practice to grasp the
ancient technique of the cross's adornment. Take the Celtic cross step
by step and be sure to pull out the dominant features that separate this
cross from all others around the globe.
The basic outline of your Celtic cross
drawings will be chunky and a double width as compared to drawing
traditional crosses. The extra space is there for a reason, and once you
get busy filling in the fine details inside, you will appreciate the
extra space. Rather than straight up and down edges, be sure to
punctuate each side of your Celtic cross with an angle somewhat
resembling a shamrock, and give each edge a sharp triangular indentation
dead center on each spiral.
Celtic Shaping and Detailing
basic outer shape contains two circles, one inside the meeting of the
cross bars and another behind the figure resembling a halo. The outside
circle, or halo, needs to be double thick and cleanly encircling the
cross without making any lines to the front.
The interior rounded image may be circular or ovular using some pencil pressure to make the image pop. Just inside the outside edge of the Celtic cross, you will trace a near exact line all the way around the cross to frame the outer line and add depth.
Interior Knot Work
Your Celtic cross is going to look great
without any inside detailing, however, if you wish to push your art
skills to the limit, you may add the braided knots for inside decor. The
knots are drawn with a double line and will twist into a variety of
ornate shapes very similar to lacework or doilies.
is believed to have begun when the church used decorative swirls found
in the early manuscripts of the Bible and was pleasingly applied to the
inside of the cross. Celtic crosses are popular with or without the
knots, so you decide which pattern or absence thereof makes the most
sense for your Celtic cross drawing project.
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