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Celtic Knot Zoomorphic- Rats by realitysquared Celtic Knot Zoomorphic- Rats by realitysquared
A female friend of mine and I were talking a little while ago and she mentioned how she was considering getting another tattoo, an armband style celtic knot. We got to talking about it and I agreed that I'd try to come up with the design for her and that I would try to include rats (her favorite animal) in the design.

We went through a couple of design changes before reaching this more-or-less finished product (pending opinion and changes by her). The 'yin-yang' rat design was something she and a friend came up with while discussing a previous rough draft of it and it does work better than the previous rat designs.

It was a fun, relatively quick design which took onlya couple of hours or so with a pencil doing rough sketches and trying out different approaches. Once I had settled on my approach I drew it using Photoshop and my old Wacom tablet to get the product which you see here.

The black line above the design is there for measuring and reference purposes and if everything works out correctly the design should mesh together flawlessly when she gets it inked.
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Vocol Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if only this had wolves on it omg
x-Nici-x Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
Well done, it looks great!
stilgar Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
Pretty darn slick to slip rats in there... it looks great.
mikey-madness Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
That is pretty schweet. I like it a lot.
Orzeszek Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2006
great :)
cardowl Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2006   Writer
That is very wonderful!
staticfax Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like that I love celtic and rats I have a rat over a tribal that I drew on my ankle.
CrystalWing Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
Wow.. this is great <3
bleedsopretty Featured By Owner May 25, 2006
Oooo. I really like this. You should design me a tattoo :D! heh.
realitysquared Featured By Owner May 27, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
If only I had the time.
bleedsopretty Featured By Owner May 28, 2006
aw. :heart:
anjicle Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2006  Professional General Artist
I love how personal this tattoo design is. Very well done! (and I would love to see it inked on! ^^;).

Ghouldaddy Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2006  Professional Photographer
from someone whose done knotworking I can just :worship: cause I know how difficult it is, the piece flows together beuatifully and the Yin/Yab=ng rats compliment the design well. great work boss :clap:
commiealex Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2006
Ever think about joining ?
SalHunter Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2006
Beautifully clean and crisp and an excellent tattoo design!
irkeninvadernak Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2006
omg I love knotting..!!! ^^ RATTTIEEESS
Muwaru Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006
That's really nice, couldn't help but stare...good work:) hope your friend enjoys it :)
SnowFlurryCat Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006
How absolutely cool! Or, as my children would say, "kewl!"


~SnoCat :o
nuvem Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006  Professional General Artist
hey mate.
very nice for sure, your frind must be delighted!
This is very nice, I've always been a big fan of tattoo flash and this is a very nice piece of that, the only thing that I'd point out is that the ears on the black rat look a little pixelly and perhaps could do with a little smoothing.
fourteenthstar Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006
exellent knot work, this will make a wonderful tattoo.
kamiawolf Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
heh im not really a rat person. but the design is really good. I like the way the tails lace into the knots. Hope your friend likes it
SkippyJr Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2006   Filmographer
That's very cool design,
Very nice work,
I really liked this one.
myra911 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2006
This is amazing. I have so much respect for someone who can do such detail so perfectly. I have such trouble with the celtic knots. I always find in the end my overlaps turn out wrong. This is beautiful. I'mloving the ying/yang style of the rats together as well.
damphyr Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2006
Wow, very nice! It's very eyecatching, I love the more angular celtic knot looks. The way their tails go in and out of the knots are a nice touch, too. :D
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