My First Illumination
Sounds like a quirky children's book, doesn't it?
I figured before I went ahead in illumination and wasted my time--and perhaps more importantly, Master Tristan's--then I should see if I liked it. So I decided to "illuminate" something in the roughest sense of the word, to see if I enjoyed sitting hunched over my desk squinting at and imitating old manuscripts as much as I thought I would.
Well, I finished my first "illumination" in four days, if that's any indication.
In fact, it's not "illuminated" yet; that is, I haven't added the gold. Because I 1) don't know how to use gold leaf yet, 2) don't know how to use "pseudo-gold-leaf" yet either, and 3) didn't want to mar my pretty drawing by experimenting with pseudo-gold-leaf yet. I figure I'll experiment tomorrow (on a fresh piece of paper) and see what happens. If it works, I'll add it. If not, I'll make sad eyes at Master Tristan until he shows me. 8^( Then I'll add it.
I chose an illuminated capital since it's relatively small, and I chose one of the more complicated ones I could find because I do love a challenge.
So. My first illumination, sort of. For reference, here is the original and here is a close-up of the original.
As with pretty much anything that I post here, I don't mind comments, including constructive criticism. However, I am well aware that the colors don't match perfectly. I spent three of the four days without a bulb in my daylight lamp so using the icky fluorescent ceiling lamp, which means that the colors look right under dim fluorescents but nowhere else. However, since I was just playing around to see if I liked the work, getting everything *perfect* wasn't really the point so much as ... well, seeing if I liked the work.
I think I do. :)