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TessDB
07-08-2008, 09:38 AM
Here's where my ego takes a hit... :o

Found an old portfolio and then offered to post some of my older stuff, so folks could see where I started.

Now, keep in mind these are *ancient*.

No date on this one, but based on the "tangled spaghetti" happening, I'd say it's probably from around '95... 11x17, and I *think* I used prismas... maybe?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jul-2008/46497-4ptSpiRec.jpg

No date on this one, either. But I'm betting it's still pre-98 (when I started investing in good paper). 11x14-ish?

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jul-2008/46497-EarlyTrisk.jpg

This one is on better paper, and you can see the composition is a bit better-- although there's still *lots* of weird tangles. So I'm thinking it's from between '98 & 2001.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jul-2008/46497-Pent8x10.jpg

There *was* a date on this one-- it's from early 2001, and I hadn't discovered archival pens yet. :cool: I think I gave the color version away, 'cause I couldn't find it anywhere...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jul-2008/46497-2001trisk.jpg

This is mid-2001-- better inks, better paper, and a better grasp on the whole thing. Soooo... Does that border look familiar to anyone? It should. ;)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Jul-2008/46497-12pt2001.jpg

Well, there's the trip down amnesia lane. :rolleyes: So see? I wasn't born knowing how to do the knotwork. Or the colored pencil.

It takes time. And practice. And bull-headed stubborness. :D
Rosemary

Hiraeth
07-08-2008, 09:27 PM
I still think it's gorgeous!

It was fun to see your development.

Any thing worth doing is worth doing well. And, like you said, none of us is born knowing how to do the things we do. It takes hard work and dedication!

Thanks for sharing your earlier pieces!

TessDB
07-09-2008, 04:35 PM
Thanks, Kim! You're entirely too kind. :o

Rosemary

marie_d
07-10-2008, 08:02 AM
Love the last two designs. You can see how much development you have achieved in the colouring alone. Your early background colour was a little scribbly compaired to the beautiful blended work of to-day. Your designs are now more elaborate with the wonderful swirls and patterns etc. You work is a pleasure to look at.

TessDB
07-10-2008, 09:26 AM
Thank you, Marie!

Rosemary

spclvr
11-24-2008, 10:46 PM
Here's where my ego takes a hit... :o

Found an old portfolio and then offered to post some of my older stuff, so folks could see where I started.
It takes time. And practice. And bull-headed stubborness. :D
Rosemary

OMG ! OMG!!! OMGaawd !!! I'm moved and fell off from my chair ! Really wot does it take to do this !!??? Count me in your fan club ! :clap::clap:

Ok what do you mean by better paper, as in what do you suggest for support and media ? Also I saw some instructions in checkered paper, how do you get rid of checks ? Or do you do checks with pencil and then erase it ?

TessDB
11-25-2008, 08:36 AM
Hi, Sandya!
:o Thank you!

To answer your questions:

Ok what do you mean by better paper, as in what do you suggest for support and media ?

For color, I'm no good with wet media of any sort (too much of a control freak, I suppose) so I use colored pencil. But really, you can use any media you're comfortable with. And using the best supplies you can lay your hands on will make a *world* of difference. There's a link in my sig line that'll take you to the "library" in the colored pencil forum... It's filled with archived threads that'll help you figure out what supplies etc. are going to work for you.

Also I saw some instructions in checkered paper, how do you get rid of checks ? Or do you do checks with pencil and then erase it ?

Do you mean graph paper (paper pre-printed with lines to form boxes)? If I'm doing a design that is grid-based, I'll work it out on the graph paper, then *trace* that. With some papers, it's way too easy to scuff/damage them with lots of erasing (which I do a *lot* of!), so I usually work out the design phase on something other than my final paper. Post #19 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=4497958&postcount=19) from the Triangles & Pretzels tutorial I did shows the different steps I go through.

Hope this answers your questions! Just give a yell if I confused you further! :)

Rosemary

brianvds
05-14-2010, 12:28 AM
Now when I saw the link to this thread, I was hoping to see examples of some extremely bad and amateurish early work, that would serve as demonstration that really, anyone can learn to do what you do. But if you consider these early things amateurish, then I can only say I wish I could be this amateurish. ;-)

TessDB
05-14-2010, 09:43 AM
Thanks, Brian!

zeenjan
05-14-2010, 11:41 AM
Oh yeah, very reasuring Tess-- very funny ;) (you know I tease!)

Thanks for posting your early work, reminds me how far I have come too. While I have too much AADD (art ADD) to focus on one subject or media, you continue to suprise and delight me. Again, thanks so much for the tutorials.

Speaking of which, how do these correspond to your tutorials?

TessDB
05-16-2010, 09:50 AM
Sorry it took me a bit to get back here-- short on time the past few days... :o

Speaking of which, how do these correspond to your tutorials?

The first few really *don't*. They're examples of me trying to find my way through & figure out what works & what doesn't. Not a lot of rhyme or reason to them at all.

Now, the last two are a different story. In this one, I've added lines so you can see how I divided the spaces. And note: I did not join these knots. Each area is a separate band.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-May-2010/46497-disected-Older-Work-1.jpg

This sort of piece could easily be completed using *just* the triangles & pretzels tutorial. It's all in how you compose the piece/divide up your space.

Back in a sec with the other one--

TessDB
05-16-2010, 10:44 AM
Ok, this one uses several different tutorials, so bear with me--

Here's the overview with the composition divided up for you:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-May-2010/46497-disected-older-work2.jpg

So first, let's look at that border:
It's basically one of the borders I showed in the triangles & pretzels tutorial, joined in the places I've circled. It gets joined *twice* on the long side, once on the short, and once at the corner (which I forgot to circle! ack!). I'm fairly sure this is *not* all one band 'cause remember, symmetry and making it one band hardly ever works in your favor.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-May-2010/46497-disected2detail3.jpg

For the inside corner, I've actually joined *three* of the triangles at the corner. I've drawn in how they were before I joined them:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-May-2010/46497-disected2detail3b.jpg

Hope that helps you see what/how I did the border... Now lets look at the main show, that central starburst/spiral-y stuff.

So looking at the full view, you can see it's a 12-pointed star-- I divided it into 24 triangles, & then joined them in pairs to make those 12 diamond shapes. In the detail, you can see I joined the triangles twice. They are two bands, but it works great for the composition. :) This sort of thing is covered in the "working in a circle" tutorial.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-May-2010/46497-disected2detail1.jpg

Now lets look at that spiral-y part. In the full view, you can see the major circles I used to fill the space. Here's a closer detail view, so you can see the different spirals/lines & how they work with each other. Walk-thru of how to create something like this is covered in the spirals tutorial.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-May-2010/46497-disected2detail2.jpg

My apologies for the grainy-pixelated nature of the detail images... I've lost track of the higher resolution scan. :o

hope this answers some questions!
Rosemary

jjsangel
06-02-2010, 10:28 PM
Wow Tess, how you keep it all straight in your brain amazes me. Absolutely beautiful work.

TessDB
06-03-2010, 09:00 AM
Thanks, Sharon!

Hiraeth
06-04-2010, 07:08 AM
Feel like sharing anything new, Rosemary ?:thumbsup:

TessDB
06-04-2010, 08:38 AM
Wish I had something new to share, Kim.
I did a couple of gifts that were knotwork and then started focusing more on developing my ... er ... "normal" drawing skills. Y'know, objects that actually *look* like themselves? :p

And then this winter I wrecked sledding and goofed up my right wrist/hand really badly (the one that threatens to develop carpal tunnel? Yeah. That's just what it needed. :cool: ). Long story short, I can't draw comfortably for more than 5 or 10 min. Which means all I'm doing is doodling.

I'm absolutely *itching* to do something more ambitious, I just get so *frustrated* with my wrist/hand situation that I give up in disgust.

Once I've got something to share I definitely will!

Rosemary

Hiraeth
06-04-2010, 09:04 AM
Oh, no! I am so sorry to hear about your sledding accident. I can really sympathize because I have developed arthritis in my thumb and tinosynovitis in my wrist, so that really slows me down, too. Can't work for extended periods. Have you tried hand/wrist support braces? I got one from my orthopedic hand specialist but honestly, the one I got from Walgreens works just as well. You can get them with and without the thumb support. They put your wrist into a neutral position so it can heal. When my hand is really sore, I wrap a little hand warmer (the kind you slip into mittens) into the support brace and that really helps. Some people use those wax hand thingys, too, but I don't have one of those. Some days I think I'll invest in one, though.

One other thing that might help over the long haul. My hand doctor 'prescribed' an over the counter supplement called Cosamin DS. It takes a while before you can tell it's working but it does work. Start with 3 pills a day for 3 months to jump start, then go down to 2 a day. After about 4 months, you start to notice a difference. After 6, it really helps. ( don't take if you have severe shell fish allergies, though)

She also told me not to work more than 20 minutes without a 20 minute break. That's pretty hard to do; I'm not sure I've done that yet! More like 30 minutes of work and 10 minutes off if I remember. You might do better with that, I lose track of time and usually stop when it hurts. :(

Wish I had something new to share, Kim.
I did a couple of gifts that were knotwork and then started focusing more on developing my ... er ... "normal" drawing skills. Y'know, objects that actually *look* like themselves? :p

And then this winter I wrecked sledding and goofed up my right wrist/hand really badly (the one that threatens to develop carpal tunnel? Yeah. That's just what it needed. :cool: ). Long story short, I can't draw comfortably for more than 5 or 10 min. Which means all I'm doing is doodling.

I'm absolutely *itching* to do something more ambitious, I just get so *frustrated* with my wrist/hand situation that I give up in disgust.

Once I've got something to share I definitely will!

Rosemary

TessDB
06-04-2010, 06:36 PM
Thanks, Kim.
I've already got a wide selection of braces-- and I'm finally at a point where I can handle picking up/carrying items of moderate weight. Still can't do heavy stuff, though. Or fine/repetitive (aka scrubbing! whoo-hoo! and drawing. boo-hoo :( .) motions.

It's just going to take time. I tore muscles & tendons & that kind of damage just takes time. And patience.

And we all know patience isn't something I'm very good at!

Rosemary

Hiraeth
06-05-2010, 07:24 AM
YIKES! That sounds so painful! Time and patience--that's a tough one, isn't it? So sorry to hear about your suffering. :(

Thanks, Kim.
I've already got a wide selection of braces-- and I'm finally at a point where I can handle picking up/carrying items of moderate weight. Still can't do heavy stuff, though. Or fine/repetitive (aka scrubbing! whoo-hoo! and drawing. boo-hoo :( .) motions.

It's just going to take time. I tore muscles & tendons & that kind of damage just takes time. And patience.

And we all know patience isn't something I'm very good at!

Rosemary

TessDB
06-05-2010, 08:25 AM
Thanks Kim.
Not suffering anymore... more like enduring. :p

somk
06-05-2010, 05:06 PM
All this is extremely beautiful and somehow relaxing like a Mandala :clap:

TessDB
06-06-2010, 08:19 AM
Thanks, Sophie!

gnu
07-18-2010, 04:26 PM
Hi Tess, I am glad you are educating this forum on the good paper issue! :) Sure is the biggest difference to CP work... any artwork
You can tell I am at the beginning of ink work, I kind of like the tangled ones best :) familiar LOL

TessDB
07-19-2010, 08:59 AM
Thanks, Gnu! :wave:
Nothing wrong with the tangles-- it's just a different style. :D

And yes-- cp *needs* good papers/surfaces. Totally unforgiving on that point. There are loads of good choices out there-- everything from sanded surfaces like colorfix to drafting film to stonehenge etc. etc. etc. The trick is finding what works for your style and keeps the cp happy.

Looking forward to seeing more knots from you! :wave:
Rosemary

barbara-in-color
07-28-2010, 03:37 PM
Hi,
I have been missing in action for a while. I hope your wrist heals soon. I did some alternative energy therapy using the Reconnective Healing method developed by Eric Pearl. It sounds like voodoo, but I swear it helped me!

I loved your earlier pieces too! Very dynamic and I love the detail.

Best wishes to you...Barbara G.

vensunn
01-06-2011, 08:56 PM
Hi Tess
Researching mandalas tonight on WetCanvas and found your work-WOW!!
So intricate, so amazingly precise, so masterfully executed and comprehensively explained.
Is there an underlying inspiration and thought process for your images/designs? Vortex images?
I appreciate so much your diligence in your work and sharing your processes here.
Much love
Steven

TessDB
01-07-2011, 08:36 AM
Awww... thank you Steven. Gonna make me blush. :o

To answer your question:
Is there an underlying inspiration and thought process for your images/designs? Vortex images?

mmmm... lessee. I'm fascinated by mythology & fairy tales, and the Celtic stuff is *so* unique, it got me digging further into anthropology/history/archeology. And of course that brought me up against the archeological finds and metal work etc. That's the long, logical answer.
But really? It started with music. :) If you haven't listened to much Celtic/irish music, here's a vid of a live performance of one of my fave bands, Danu: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjiZW2TcGHA
So listen... Can you hear the knotwork? hear the threads? how the melody and rhythm tangle and weave and wrap around each other? :)

Does that answer it?

NicolaM
02-12-2014, 04:07 PM
Gorgeous work, I'm still messing around with Celtic....some of my stuff I like but most of it I get really frustrated with.