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Cover for Celtic Knotwork Book by BWS Cover for Celtic Knotwork Book by BWS
This is the cover design for my book "Celtic Knotwork Borders in Repeating Sections". there's actually a lot of information about the book itself right here - [link] - so I won't clutter up this description with too much of that. Briefly, it's a collection of original knotwork patterns broken up into their essential parts, in various sizes, and including arc sections for circular borders.

One of the unusual things about it is that all the patterns were created digitally from start to finish. Thats unusual for me, anyway - I've almost always worked out repeating borders on paper first. So this book is more than one kind of milestone for me.

The book's a clip art or pattern book resource - so unlike my other work, readers are free to incorporate the borders into their own work. I think a digital version of this would be pretty great but I don't have a timetable on that, or on Volume 2, yet.

Anyway, I've used a couple of those patterns in the cover, and you can see how in about half the patterns I've included inner border designs that branch from the main rectangular borders. This is a neat way to subdivide a frame horizontally, or vertically, or both.

I assembled the black-and-white line art for the cover and set that layer to "Multiply" blending mode, so it'd just darken whatever was underneath. Then I did the color work in layers below that one - pretty much like my "Tanglewood" Deviation, which started as an ink drawing - and that's a way of working that I'm enjoying at the moment. I'm getting a slightly different style out of it that reminds me of tinted ink drawings.
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cmhuff787 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
I would love to own a copy of your book. Your work is simply sublime...
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madnessmountains Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg so many ahh
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bertw63 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW!!! what a cover! I'm sure the inside holds much more. Might get this one!
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tillbacka Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I think I will buy that book... :)
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Justpowelly Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
It's a nice cover, read the blurb and might get the book. I just wonder is the book limited to only borders? or does it also cover abstract shapes.
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Peter-The-Knotter Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
Excellent
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converjynx Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
great
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lady-atropos Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
I need to get a copy of this as gift for my hubby.
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IrishArtiste Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
I'd buy a copy =D
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andersonbi Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
thanks - I just purchased your book - can't wait to see what all it holds!
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional
Finally ,
some competition for Courtney Davis...
God I'm sick of his boring patterns.LOL
Your work looks great,I may have to get this book,
but I'm a nut for "Early La Tene" Celtic border patterns Circa 5th century BC.(before the Christian dilution). So if you ever make a book of those patterns,I'd go nuts for it. (350 ornamented bronze sword hilts with iron swords from the warriors burial ground at La Tene)with a different pattern on every one...Many of which are in the British Museum.
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Trancendence Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008   Interface Designer
Where can I get myself a copy of this?

Also, your typography fills me with glee ^^
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BWS Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008
1. Try here: [link]

2. Be sure to use cold water on that glee. Hot water just sets it in, and you never get it out!
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Trancendence Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008   Interface Designer
I'm a typography nerd, in a city where people still think using scriptina is original >_<

What font is it that you've used here, if you don't mind me asking , or did you make those letterforms yourself? Looks kinda like Warnock Pro but thinner =/

Man, that's nice typesetting.

*Goes to soak his pants in a bucket of cold water*
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BWS Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008
You have a CITY?
It's this one: [link]
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Trancendence Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008   Interface Designer
We pretend it's a city. Perth, most isolated capital city on the planet they say. we've only about a million and a half people , perched on the edge of the continent.

No matter what kinda wars come and go , perth will always be too unimportant to be affected ^^

Took some finding , but eventually I managed to get ahold of that font :p

You don't have a city ?
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BWS Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
Nope, just a little town of about 15,000 on the edge of a much smaller body of water. Glad you found the font!
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Trancendence Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008   Interface Designer
In all honesty, that sounds nicer =/ At least though we get a resonable amount of shops.

Here in Australia you live in/around either a big city , a mining town, or a sad little bunch of houses clustered around a pub.

I'd like to live somewhere smaller , but I'd never find designer work I'm afraid =/
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Sarachmet Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
Hello, just to let you know that your work is featured here [link] , I hope it's ok, thank you for sharing and regards.
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Eolhin Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007   General Artist
Beautiful cover, I hope your book sells well. :)
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mindofka Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2007
Beautiful desgin, love the type style, great work and good luck for the book sell! :)
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MartinSilvertant Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007  Professional General Artist
Amazing design. I'm sure it looks amazing as a book cover.
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StinaWiik Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I'm in awe...:+favlove:
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
awesome. i might have to add this to my resource library... ;) i love knotwork
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grinagog Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
very nice, always good to see original knots! You say all your patterns here where created digitally...what did you use?
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BWS Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007
Thanks! They Came From Photoshop.
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Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful cover :D
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ToriB Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007   General Artist
I love your knotwork. I stumbled across it years ago and have been a big fan ever since. The cover is gorgeous. Definitely a book I'll be buying.
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celticwren Featured By Owner May 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
Tori! It's a small world, eh? :D
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Lovely book cover, the colors just draw your eyes in, very impressive. Now you need to get into the book stores, I bet they'd put you near Andy Sloss' book, which is good because we always need more good knotwork books! :) Knotwork is so nice, it is hard work and yet calming, meditation art. :D
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WistmansWood Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007
There's no doubt you are a master of knotwork. Couldn't resist so bought a couple of your books. I now can't wait for them to arrive. Thanks so much for sharing your skill and knowledge.
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just when I begin wondering what you are up to you magically submit something totally cool! Thank you!
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gosiekd Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007
Wonderful :clap:
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007
I've ordered a copy of the book, and one of your blank books.
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horai Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007
It does have a look of the tinted ink drawings and that gives it a superb antique book flavour. Incredible work.
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cogwurx Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Very nice!
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Beautelle Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
that's terrific! i'd love to buy the book but i'm too young and i doubt my parents would let me but advertise!! hoorah! i loved your site btw! Very well set out and good website design
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artistm0nk Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
Truly amazing! :clap:
And what I like about your deviations is that you also take the time to describe your creative methods. It surely allows a fuller understanding of how you work. And this is indeed a stunning series of works you just shared here on DA! I can't help but add them to my favorites-gallery.
Keep up the stunning artworks! :w00t:
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Meztone Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
Very nice.
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Kael-Thas-Sunstrider Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing, I'd Buy the Book with that cover, lol.

mainly as i know the stuff insides just as brilliant.
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stilgar Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007  Professional General Artist
Your Cover for Celtic Knotwork Book, is amazing. Limitless possibilities with such great patterns.
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RaptorArts Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow the intricacy is insane! Very nice!
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Xantipa2 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
Superb.
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