Friday, December 23, 2011

Scroll blanks

I seem to be taking to illumination.  I originally bought two pads of bristol board.  I have used them both up.  I have drawn out 40 blanks, and inked 36 of them in.  Sketched four new ones last night, but haven't inked them or scanned them in yet.  Now I really need to start the painting.  After attending a scroll blank workshop I realized that I had been making mostly later period scrolls.  I decided to shift a bit and try my hand at early period Celtic style scrolls and I really LOVE it.  The last 10~12 I have done are all Celtic styles and many are based on illumination from the Book of Kells.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Scroll Blanks started

Been on sort of a kick now with the scroll blanks.  I have 14 more here which have been started.  I've inked in the outlines and they are all ready for paint.  Not sure if most people ink the outlines before or after they paint, but I wanted them outlined before paint so that I could more easily erase the pencil lines and not have them show through the paint.  All but a few are based on various period examples.  When I get more time I plan on better documenting each one.  When the illumination is done I'll post the original pic next to the finished item.  For now, here are the inked in blanks.