Master the Ringerike style quickly!

The Ringerike style (c. 1000-1075 CE) is one of the quintessential styles of the Viking Age. Its abundant and elegant knotwork patterns are demonstrably appealing to a modern audience.

But how do you recreate the style in accordance with its original historical principles? For the contemporary artist, the concepts of the intricate interlacing patterns can seem incomprehensible and daunting to understand and replicate.

The Ringerike Style Essentials unlocks the secrets of the enigmatic craft of knotwork creation and makes it approachable for you to create your own unique designs.

All the Elements You Need to Create Your Knotwork Design

The Ringerike style employs a very particular selection of simple visual and graphic elements and concepts like, for example, acanthus leaves and pretzel knots to compose the intricate knotwork compositions.

This handful of simple compositional elements is combined, repeated and reconfigured over and over throughout a composition. Knowing these components allows you to create any Ringerike-style composition imaginably.

Reconfigure and Combine Elements to Create Your Own Unique Designs

All the essential principles and concepts you need are broken down through clear illustrations and graphics in an easy-to-understand manner to help you quickly acquire a good grasp of the individual building blocks composing the style.

Furthermore, you'll learn how to create variety and personal touches by reconfiguring and combining the ornamental elements to create your own unique designs.

A Step-by-step Process for Creating Your Knotwork Design

The iconic great beast motif comprises a lion or wolf-like creature engaging in combat with a serpent or vine wrapped around its body. The motif is known primarily from the Greater Jelling stone. It is a stable design throughout the late Viking Age, featured on numerous runestones throughout Scandinavia and the surrounding Norse-influenced regions.

You'll learn how to assemble all the ornamental knotwork components and principles into a fully-fledged Ringerike-style ‘great beast’ design.

A Manageable and Straightforward Approach to Creating Complex Compositions

Step-by-step, I'll walk you through the process of constructing an intricate knotwork-based composition. From analysing the references to laying out the composition's main lines and shaping the ornament's details.

You'll acquire a manageable approach to the otherwise complex and daunting task of composing intricate knotwork patterns. This straightforward process can be applied to any of your next Viking Age-inspired designs to reduce the difficulty of wrangling the knotwork ribbons, giving you more capacity to focus on crafting the design you have envisioned.

The Video Course


All the Ringerike Style Essentials lessons turned into 33 bite-sized videos of around 2-5 minutes each.

+ Includes the 108-page PDF e-book.

+ Bonus material: Three extra lessons to get you going after you've completed the course, breaking down how to draw a raven, a tree and a mask in the Ringerike style.




Curriculum


The course is divided into two main parts:



Part 1: The Building Blocks

The first part will introduce you to all the necessary building blocks you need to create your Ringerike-style design.



Part 2: The Design Process

The second part will walk you through the process of creating your Ringerike-style design step-by-step.


  Getting Started
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  Part 1: The Building Blocks
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  Core Features
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  Knotwork
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  Motif Variations
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  Part 2: The Design Process
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  Prepare
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  Sketch
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  Shape
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  Render
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  Send Off
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Hi, my name is Jonas Lau Markussen

The Viking Age has always fascinated me — especially the animal ornaments. I have more than ten years of experience working as a graphic designer and have a master's degree in architecture. Since 2016 I have studied the art of the Viking age persistently, familiarising myself with the intricacies of the art form and how to recreate it. You can find my research compiled into a handy guidebook breaking down each style to its essential components in an easy-to-understand and straightforward manner. 

Check out the guide for free here:

The Anatomy of Viking Art


FAQ

How long do I have access to the course?

You have lifetime access to the course. After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like – across any devices you own.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 30 days, and I will give you a full refund.

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts as soon as you enrol. It is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you start and finish.


What if I have questions?

Please, by all means, send me a message: [email protected]. I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.