This is probably a little letter from the book of Kells (I think), made more than 15 years ago (that’s why the source is not very trustworthy), and it has been forgotten in a drawing board for more than ten years. I didn’t add the colors (in case you haven’t noticed, color is not my thing) but it’s probably pretty much in line with the original from a design point of view (& not color)).
If you want me to draw an initial or to write a text for this Xmas, it’s too late. I just finished the last commission & will not be able to do anything else before Xmas (you can still buy some of my older works 😉 ).
Here are some pics of the different steps of the work. The instructions were a blue R and something about the sea. I looked at some old medieval maps and let my nib ramble on the paper.
gilding & painting of the letter.
Drawing of the structure of the filigrees and first pattern
End of the cobalt blue filigree
End of the end of the final thing
I used prussian blue & colbalt blue (watercolor), gilding is done with gold leaf over acrylic gesso as usual, the whole thing has been made on Arches watercolor paper.
I introduce a new design of decorated initials. Around the skeleton of the letter, I organize the decoration and then review the drawing of the letter for it to match the shape of the filigrees. It has something of stained glass pattern and above all a taste of decadent gothic, I like it 🙂
At last, I’m done with the calligraphy of Giovanni Papini‘s short story, Corpses of cities. I used most of my favourites techniques to do this job and I must say that I’m quite happy with the result. Embossing on carbon paper