Another Variation

There is a second way of thickening the lines which creates a pattern that looks very different.

Different Line Patterns

This variation gives the rarer form of key pattern, although it is the form that gave the pattern its name - the key. In line with being described as an S-curve, this can be described as a J-curve or a y-curve.

The patterns are intriguing because at first they look very similar to the S-curve, but the more you study them the harder it is to see the connection. This connection is very simple -1 line 1 unit long.

Drawing them is as easy as drawing S-curves. First draw your basic thin line key in pencil:

Drawing Lines Connection

Next join the ends of the S-curves together with a line 1 unit long, as always:

Starting in the middle of the design, ink in a line, as you did when thickening the lines, V4 of a unit away from each pencil line:

Herringbone Pattern

Note how, on the outside edges of the blocks, the line is drawn over the pencil line rather than V4 of a unit away from it:

If you now fill the pattern in as you did when thickening the lines, you get the following, which still does not look like an obvious y-curve pattern:

Curved Patterns

This can be changed to a more obvious y-curve by colouring in the background, rather than the foreground, which brings out the pattern. This variation also, uniquely, has the blocks as part of the background, rather than the foreground:

You will notice that in these patterns, unlike the other variations, there is a solid line going from one side of the pattern to the other:

Celtic Key Border Patterns
How To Become A Professional Pencil Drawing Artist

How To Become A Professional Pencil Drawing Artist

Realize Your Dream of Becoming a Professional Pencil Drawing Artist. Learn The Art of Pencil Drawing From The Experts. A Complete Guide On The Qualities of A Pencil Drawing Artist.

Get My Free Ebook


Post a comment