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Alcuin's marque - designs II by elegaer Alcuin's marque - designs II by elegaer
Another set of designs for Alcuin's marque, made up after a lot of discussion with members of the Kushiel's Trilogy community on LJ, people who commented on Alcuin's designs and of course . Huge thanks and fluffy!hugs to all!

Anyway, one thing I've discovered while doing these designs is that a typical English birch tree looks different to a typical American birch tree. American birch trees seem to have most of the branches at the top, with a huge long trunk (like design 3), while English ones tend to have branches much lower down (like design 2).

So here I've tried to stylise things a bit more. The first one is pretty stylised, obviously, though the branch patterns look far too much like a menorah (thanks to ~AnnadinMoriel for the techie name). The actual knotwork bit was actually based on the flames in The Lamps of the Valar (I've got the original on my wall and walked past and noticed the flames). I like the knotworkiness of it a lot. The second I really like cos its a proper English birch :P and I do like the bottom bit best of the three. The third I like too. OK, I like them all LOL

One point raised on LJ was whether these kind of designs are designs that a master marquist would produce. I've thought a lot about this over the last few days, and come to the tentative conclusion that a mastery of marque - um - marquism? marquetry? *snerk* wouldn't necessarily produce complex designs. There is beauty in simplicity too, and from everything written about Master Tielhard, he seems to be particularly focussed on design and expression. My thoughts, anyway.
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GentleEisheth Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I already have Phedre's marque on my right shoulder but, if it were okay with you, could I use one of your pieces for my left shoulder?
kibiart Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Combine the top of the right one, leaves and design with the trunk and water/river I said earlier :D
And it's perfect! Or it seems like it would be in my mind, maybe it'd be worth a sketch? (I can hope)

Anyhow, beautiful job again!
Osa-Art-Farm Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007
more lovely trees. yay!
cajunfur Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2006
This is a lovely illustration-it reminds me of a page out of an old book of some sort.

I really like that first design. Something about it seems tatoo-like, maybe because it's such clean lines.
AmandaKillingsworth Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
These are my favorite books. I'm excited to see Eglantine and Mandrake!
elegaer Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2006
Eglantine is coming up .... :D
Aconite013 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2006
I love the first one... I love it enough that I ended up using it for my own tattoo. Brilliantly beautiful.
elegaer Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2006
Oh. Did you? Asking first might have been nice!!!
ricewrites Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
I don't know if this is the person who commented above, but I did find an image of the first design tattoed on two people at Jacqueline Carey's site.

One is 8 rows down, on the right.
The second is further down, with "love as though wilt" underneath. [link]
QuestingRaven Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous design work, as always :)
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