Help, please: Scrollwork Design Methodology

SoupzNation

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My grandfather is starting to teach me how to engrave and I’ve started to draw scrolls in my spare time. Every time I start one I get “stuck” and my scrolls quickly fall into chaos. Does anyone here have any suggestions about drawing basic scrolls? What kind of process do you use? Any particular style that is well suited to beginners?
 

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forget advanced design for awhile. practice only doing the spines. afterall, the most complex design originates from a single spine that is simply expanded to the fullest extent
 

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Learn the fundamentals of ornamental design. The first part is understanding how to draw the backbone of your design which is the framework everything is built upon and then you start adding your leaf elements. All the info is out there in the form of books and forums you just need to sift through it. Even a complex scroll design is simple when you strip it back to its parts. Also learning engraving/design is a journey be patient and enjoy the process.
 

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