Monday, 31 March 2008

This is my latest Scroll - a Sigillum Coronae for a good friend - The Honourable Lady Genevieve de la Flechiere. It is based on the Codex Manesse, but still an original composition. It is a first for several reasons - firstly because I screwed up my courage enough to tackle human figures, secondly because I tested out a more watery (and therefore smoother) consistancy of gouache, thirdly because its my first attempt at using Pergamenata paper and finally because I also decided to make a serious attempt at proper shading. I am not happy with the Calligraphy I think I used the wrong nib. But overall I am satisfied with the attempt.

Another couple of Scrolls I did - both AoA Scrolls. These were last-minute jobs. I was contacted by the Clerk Signet the Monday before a weekend event and was asked if I could do them. I only had available 3 weekday evenings before they had to be posted in order to arrive on time, so I knew they couldn't be something too complicated. I did them on A5 size smooth Watercolour paper and in view of the speed with which they had to be completed and posted, and I am modestly pleased with the results. It was especially my first attempt at intricate penwork and I really enjoyed it.

Here is a pic of my second Scroll - a linguistringe for Lord Acarin Saint-Cyr. I will think twice before I do something as paint-heavy as this. I was not using Pergamenata at this point and the paper started to warp. However labour-intensive it was, it was also fun to do as I did not feel as out of depth as I do when painting figures.

This is a picture of my first ever Scroll. It is an AoA Scroll for Lord Maredudd ap Gwylim using a fussy Gothic hand that I am rather fond of. I agonised over the historiated Versal and settled for this final image. It was also my first attempt at gilding and it nearly went very wrong. All in all I am not too upset that it, as it is my first effort, but I can now see so much that could have been done better!