A new version of the flower pattern I invented, based on filigrees.
Another filigree initial and another M.
It seems that the people who commission me to write initials all have names beginning with the same letter.
A bit tired of using the Lombard form, I opted this time for an older form, inspired by the ms. 0202 of the Mazarine library (12th century).
A few months ago, during a visit to Quimper, I was admiring the stained glass windows of the cathedral when the idea came up to use them for a composition.
So here is a first variation on the theme (I think there will be more).
This is a fragment of Martial’s Epigrammaton in Latin, I think I have found the right composition.
Quite happy with the result produced by the combination of embossing and ink experimented on Julien Gracq’s text, I decided to reedit the experience with initials copied from XIIth century French manuscripts.
This time I used walnut stain instead of India ink and I find the result just as interesting, judge for yourself.
… and thou shalt know the universe and God.
This phrase has been on my list of things to calligraph for several years. After several attempts at very different compositions, I think I have found what suits this phrase affixed to the pediment of the temple of the oracle at Delphi.
Of course, it’s the French version here 🙂
A new work, fragment of Julien Gracq’s Rivage des Syrtes.
It was long and difficult, I did a lot of drafts (more than usual) before I managed to produce this result.
As often now, it was done on a paper from the Kéréon mill.
For several months, I had this paper from Kéréon mill that I didn’t know what to do with. Very nice paper but quite difficult to use because of its composition (linen + peat) which gives it a very rough surface, even uneven.
And last night, the illumination: the crate wood!
I only recently started using this “tool” for calligraphy because it’s not really made for small writing modules and I have a hard time working in large format, not that it’s difficult but I don’t find it very beautiful in general.
Anyway, here is a first draft made with Indian ink and crate wood on this exceptional paper.
I think I will continue in this way, with a slightly smaller module (here the letters are 6 cm high) and I hope to have a composition soon with this fragment of a text of Seneca.