How to Draw a Celtic Knot Without Graph Paper

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Just because you don't have graph paper doesn't mean you can't draw a Celtic knot. Draw a Celtic knot without graph paper with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hey guys, this is Chris here. And today I'm going to show you how to draw a Celtic knot. I recommend using a pencil for this because it is a very intricate design and there's a lot of components to it and a lot of lines that over, overlay each other and kind of go under each other. So, the way I like to start doing it is to draw a box with an X and then draw a circle in the middle. And this is just going to be an outline. The principle of this Celtic knot is to be balanced. So, if you have a ruler handy, that would be the best thing for you to use. If you don't, you can kind of just eye it and try to see and make sure that everything is proportional. So, I have my circle and my box and my X there. I'm going to take my pink marker so it's a little bit easier for you to see the rest of it. I'm going to start from the top corner here and draw almost like a swooping line that connects to the inside of the circle. And I'm going to do that the same at every corner, and on this side and I'm going to do the same thing on this side here. And then what I'm going to do is I'm going to start from the inside corner and follow that line until it almost reaches the inside line of that circle, but not quite. I'm going to do the same exact thing for each of these lines here. And then what I'm going to do is I'm going to follow this line out, and I'm going to do the same thing each one and just kind of highlight to show you where I'm drawing at. I'm going to connect this line here and follow along that line, the line of the circle. And this is where you start to see where things over and underlay. So, you're going to want to make sure that you're paying attention to that when you're doing it. Because it is a pretty complicated image. I'm going to do the same here and the same thing here. And I'm going to draw these in as a pink line just so you can kind of see it a little bit better. And follow that line through. Follow through here. And erase this line because that's going to be underneath the top. And I'm going to be like this. And erase that line in the middle. And if you have different colors, you can also use different colors too. It's really up to you however you want to make your Celtic knot. There's so many different ways you can do it. And I'm going to draw a line that connects there. And the most important, one of the, another important thing for you to remember is that in Celtic design, things are opposite. So, on this side, they're going to be overlaying in one way and on the other side they're going to be overlaying in another way. So, what I'm going to do is I'm going to erase this here, I'm going to erase this line. And I'm going to complete this line here. It's going underneath. The same thing here. And you're going to do the same thing at the bottom as you are going to do at the top. I'm going to erase that line there. So, there you go guys, that's your outline of how to do a Celtic knot. Good luck to you and stay creative.


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