One of the most famous types of Celtic artwork is the Celtic cross.
Celtic designs often feature stylized knot work and abstract complexity. Some examples of Celtic artwork may also include stylized animals or “zoomorphs.” Using Celtic designs in modern logos can send a powerful message about the maker. Choosing the right design for your logo can constitute a challenge. You may wish to research the symbolism behind the aspects you want to include in your logo.
1. Determine what you wish to convey with with your logo. A logo meant to convey warmth and homeliness will look very different than a logo mean to convey power and ferocity.
2. Research symbols in books or on the Internet that help to convey the feeling you wish to get across. For example, in Celtic lore a bull suggests strength of will and virility, whereas a dolphin symbolizes intelligence and good luck. In Celtic lore animals, plants and symbols all hold their own meanings, which those who know what to look for will spot with your design.
3. Gather the symbols you wish to incorporate, then look for images of these ideas to use as a reference point. Note that one should not copy another artist’s work (unless it’s a guide or tutorial specifically meant for that purpose), but instead use it for inspiration or ideas. Image searches built into popular search engines such a Yahoo and Google can be good for this purpose.
4. Sketch out a basic idea of what you’re looking for using unlined paper and a pencil. Doing so enables you to erase mistakes. Do several sketches; it allows you to keep ideas you’re not sure on, while expanding on them in later examples.
5. Choose your favorite sketch. It may be helpful to get an outsider’s perspective, especially if you’re going to use this logo to market yourself. Getting multiple opinions can help the artist know what image is best received. Remember however, that the choice ultimately remains yours and that your logo represents you and no one else.
6. Ink your design by going over the pencil lines with a quality black ink pen. Erase any leftover pencil lines. If you wish to color your logo, make several copies of it first; this will allow you to color it multiple times and choose your favorite one. Once you have done this, you have a finished logo that you can use in whichever way you wish.