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09-22-2007, 02:52 PM
I call this one "Cushng's." It's complicated, difficult to follow, and a little screwed up.


Cushing’s disease is an endocrine disorder where the body produces too much cortisol, the “fight or flight” hormone. Typically, Cushing’s is caused by a tumor in the pituitary gland, but the adrenal glands are also involved. You know that disease where people get fat because they have a glandular disorder? That’s Cushing’s. It’s considered to be a very rare disease, with only 10 to 25 people per million.

The awareness ribbon for Cushing’s is Yellow and Blue, which is why I chose this particular color scheme. Prismacolor color pencils on 9x12 paper

09-23-2007, 07:20 AM
This was a ton of work, wasn't it? Your patience has definitely paid off. And it seems like an apt echo of the disease. :thumbsup:

I have a few thoughts/suggestions for future pieces... Let me know if you'd like me to share 'em.

So glad you posted this!

09-23-2007, 11:56 AM
oh Tess, yes please! I am always open to any suggestions that will help me grow and improve. If anything, that's an understatement! I would greatly apprecite your insight and help!

Strength and courage!

09-24-2007, 08:10 AM
I would greatly apprecite your insight and help!

alrighty, then! You asked for it! :lol: And I'm basing my suggestions on this piece, y'know? ways to make a companion or a series & take 'em further.

The first thing that springs to mind is thinking about composition... While this particular piece probably carries *huge* symbolism for you personally, creating a bit of order in with all the chaos, to move the viewer's eyes where you want them to go, would be a big step. My thought for something like this is to divide your space into three areas: Two narrowish bands (on the sides if you go portrait, top & bottom if you're thinking landscape like this one), with a larger middle field. The more narrow bands could be ordered (kinda like you already did in the lower right and upper middle), with the middle looser and less ordered. Hope that's making sense...

Next thought is about the open ends for the yellow bands... With both of them on the same side of the piece, if someone wanted to follow the bands all the way through, there isn't much of a sense of progress. I'm thinking you could do something like those giant garden mazes... in one side, find the center, and out the other. Symbolism wise, you show the journey, with a denser, even *more* tightly woven blue band that must be threaded through. And for the artist, too. Give yourself an out that doesn't leave you so close to where you started, y'know?

3rd, (are you sick of me yet? :lol: ) as soon as you feel comfortable with it, get off of a grid. And I mean once you've got your eye/hand trained to be relatively consistent in the sizes of your arches & bands etc. Grids are really useful for doing something like the border in your other thread. But for this sort of thing, it'll only limit you.

I hope this makes sense, my coffee is still kicking in... One last thought & then I've gotta get my kiddo moving, Stay With It. You're doing great! I find the knotwork *hugely* soothing and meditative. Good for my soul, y'know?

I hope you'll post more. And let me know if this isn't very ... coherent. :D


09-24-2007, 03:30 PM
Thanks so much Tess! Yes, most of it made sense, and I'm sure the rest of it will once it sets in.

I understand what you are saying about "getting off the grid," but my mad knotwork skillz are not all that mad yet!

I'm still trying to work out how to compose the body, I'm getting much better at figuing how the frame pieces will look while I'm designing it, but the mats still ellude me. I can only hope that the composition will come much more intititively after I've done several more. Hopefully it won't take a bazillion of them before it sinks in!

I understand what you are saying about having the enter and exit threads on the same side of the page. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense, now that I look at it. Heh, but then again, that's part of the symbology I think.

Again, I really appricate your help with these. And yes, I find them very meditative and soothing to work on too!

09-28-2007, 02:00 PM
I folowed the kind advice I got from the folks over in the Color pencil forum, and this is the fixed work


I'm very excited about starting my next one!

Rose Queen
09-28-2007, 02:12 PM
The title of this thread caught my eye because my dog has Cushing's, but the colors and skill of execution kept me drooling -- nice piece of work, vinesqueen! :thumbsup:

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10-05-2007, 09:15 PM
Thank you Rose Queen! Yes, people and horses get Cushing's too... crazy crazy...

I've been working on creating interlace off the grid, and so far, so good, but I'll need your help with those Tess :D :wave: I'll post one when I think i have a good one

this is the final knot, based on all the suggestions I got in the CP forum. and of course, and suggestions here would be greatly appricated. I don't think I can do any more with this knot since the paper's about had it. I'll use the good stuff next time for sure!


10-06-2007, 08:01 AM
I've been working on creating interlace off the grid, and so far, so good, but I'll need your help with those Tess :D :wave:

PM me if you want some help with the drafting phase. Or do it as a WIP.

Couple of things that are really helpful to remember when getting off the grid-- 1) Figure out where your focal point is going to be, and work out from there. 2) Establish early on where your major elements are going to be (border, central/focal element, chaos for the fun of it, etc. :evil: ), & then divide those spaces into smaller ones (hence, smaller knots) if you're having trouble maintaining "flow". You can always connect the smaller knots together. 3) remember the human eye will tend to gravitate to any areas where lots of points come together. You can use that to your advantage!

I am still planning on doing a tutorial on carpet page design (which is what you're talking about doing), just haven't had the time to pull it together yet. You can kinda get the idea from that little piece I did as an example at the end of the triangles & pretzels tutorial. And I did a WIP that might be helpful, too... you can find it here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=341753).

Good luck!

10-07-2007, 07:52 PM
thanks again Tess! I'll post the new one was a WIP... I've got the next one to the point where I think happy with the sketch and am getting ready to transfer it to a sheet of Stonehenge. I'll start a new thread with that one.