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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (29 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715315250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715315255
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David James has been directly involved with Celtic art and design for nearly thirty years. He has been Editor of Celtic Connections magazine for the last nine years, and his numerous publications include Celtic Designs: An Art and Crafts Source Book (Casseli, 2001) and Celtic Crafts: The Living Tradition (Blandford, 1997). He lives near Weymouth in Dorset. Vitor Gonzalez is a Bachelor in History from Oviedo University, and is a practising artist of rare insight and creative ability. He lives in Asturias in Spain.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Nov 2003
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This is a handsome volume with not just exciting step by step guides to drawing Celtic designs but also some wonderful photographs of carvings, illustrated manuscripts, etc., and fascinating text by David James of the history of the Celts and their art. I've never seen a book quite like this - it really gives one an incentive to try the knots, spirals, birds and other designs. Vitor Gonzalez' art work is always magnificent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. S. Plater on 13 Nov 2009
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I really like this Book ,It makes everything look easy,It shows the basics of design and takes you stage by stage until you reach whatever stage you want to. It covers everything from spirals to animals everything you want in Celtic designing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andy Boyle on 3 Dec 2011
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Well, in one short(ish) volume David James and Vitor Gonzales manage to give a brief overview and the basics for construction of EVERY main type of celtic decoration used in Kells and Lindisfarne. The step-by-step guides are probably the clearest of thier kind and will enable the reader to produce some really lovely art. It isn't an exhaustive book however, and I don't think it was meant to be. Celtic art is all about innovation and invention within certain fairly rigid bounds, and no amount of instruction will replace imagination and skill, so here you have the (as it where) alphabet and simple grammar of the art, but you need to put it together with your own creativity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Axtell on 13 May 2013
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This is a pretty lovelly book. It shows you how to do basic celtic designs in all the disciplines, knots, spiral, keys, zoomorphics and letter, in an easy to follow, step by step fashion. This is ideal for the beginner and when added to the little bit of history added at the beginning of each chapter and the beatiful, full page artworks created to inspire you, it makes a terrific starting book. The only chapter which is not so great is the letters, as it does not show a full alphabet. Obviously, the celts did not have a full alphabet but that does not stop it being iritating for the modern scribe. After all, George Bain managed it in his excellent book on the subject. Talking of which book, I would advise getting that as well if you are serious about celtic art. The explanations are nowhere as good as the James book but the sheer quantity of design material is excellent. In short, this book is a marvellous book and all you will need if you have a passing interest in celtic designs. However, if you want more depth, I would say get the Bain book as well as these two compliment each other well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Catriona Brown on 27 May 2010
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This book is fine as far as it goes but beware that the designs on the cover are pretty much as complicated as it gets. Good for the very basics but if you want help with anything more complicated (like how to make your border turn a corner!) I'd look elsewhere.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ioannes on 2 April 2013
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Of all the books I have on the subject this is the best because it is the best described and makes it easy to master the Celtic designs. If you are a beginner I would recommend this book because it easy to follow and will get you going producing Celtic design work of your own.
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