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This study shows how to create those overlapping elliptical patterns, as well as demonstrates how to create the fan pattern. On the left, lines are space on the vertical, while on the right, each lines are spaced along the curve using circles. Those circles are what create the regular indents on some fan patterns.

As the tops tend to be inexact, bearing all the accumulated error in measuring, that's where all the fudging happens. The tops have a strong tendency to not meet the pattern exactly.

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Return to: Art Deco 101

Douglas Milewski is a fantasy writer who liked drafting class too much. In his recent artistic struggles to produce art deco for his own covers, he found no internet sites dedicated to the technical underpinnings of the art. Seeing a niche that needed filling, he has documented his hard learned experiences. He doesn't claim that he's right, and would very much appreciate it if someone more competent would save him from his own folly.

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