Can't get enough of these twisted ropes, so fun to make (once you know the principle). Here's one with the same kind of treatment I used on Showgirl (see this post).
Here's the original string over a 3.5x3.5 inch square tile:
I wanted to create something super dense and compact, and have it contrast with bright color (inspired by the pink version posted by Tandika Star, thank you!).
This is the line-art for the twisted rope:
And here is the final piece, after shading, painting and coloring:
I shaded the rope using a single gray water-soluble marker (I like to use either Koi watercolor marker or Marvy's Le Plume). The background was painted with india ink and a a waterbrush. The final tint is applied with colored pencils.
In this close-up you can also see my signature Ribbon Aura, that is, a set of auras that is heavily decorated and shaded to look like soutache attached all around the main feature.
If you would like to learn how to create these lovely twisted ropes:
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