Jonas Lau Markussen

Urnes Style Fundamentals

Would you like to skip the steep learning curve and master the Urnes style quickly?
— Then this is the course for you!

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This course gets you familiar with the essential concepts of the style, and at the end, you’ll be able to create an authentic Urnes style design from start to finish.

If you know my guide the Anatomy of Viking Art you’re already familiar with my approach to breaking down the art styles into easy to understand concepts.

This course expands on the chapter on the Urnes style and dives deeper into the practicalities and variations of the style and how to apply them in your work.

The fundamental concepts necessary for recreating the Urnes style are condensed into bite-sized video-lessons to get you up to speed in no time.

Urnes Style
What You'll Learn

What You’ll Learn

  • How to create the interlacing patterns.

  • The essential characteristic features and shapes of the style.

  • How to create variations of the features to personalise your design.

  • How to analyse historical references.

  • How to create an authentic design from start to finish.

Content & Structure

The course centres around the design of a classic Great Beast motif known from the many Urnes style openwork brooches found throughout Scandinavia. This popular design from the late Viking age encapsulates the essential concepts of the Urnes style. It is, therefore, a great key to unlock and unfold the core concepts of the style in a comprehensive yet approachable manner.

You will ultimately learn how to create a typical Urnes style Great Beast motif based on analysis of the many historical examples of Urnes openwork brooch designs. In the process, you’ll get familiar with the variations of the style to personalise your design while still keeping in line with the original features of the historical style.

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Content and Structure


The lessons are divided into two main modules:

Module 1

The Building Blocks

The first module introduces you to the building blocks of the style. You’ll get familiar with the distinct features, shapes and motifs of the style, as well as the flow of the ribbons and the core interlacing patterns.


Heads — Beasts
Heads — Serpents

Ribbon flow

Single Double-loop
Single Multi-loop
Double Multi-loop

Alternate Features

Alternate Terminals
Alternate Heads
Alternate Feet

Module 2

Assembling Your Design

The second module walks you step by step through the process of how to create your Urnes style design. From analysing the references, through laying out the composition to rendering the design.


Analysing the References
Breakdown of the Composition

Process of Creation

Layout and Ribbon Flow
Fleshing out the Ribbons
Ribbon and Terminal Widths
Features and Details
Weaving the Ribbons
Vectorising the Design
Outline and Fill


The course is available by a monthly subscription on Patreon.

You’ll get access to the course on a month by month basis, and you can cancel anytime you like. The membership includes other lessons and tutorials, as well as hi-res graphics sets and early access to regularly scheduled content.

  • — Recurring billing.
  • — Month-by-month access.
  • — Access to additional content.



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