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Friday, February 23, 2007

the Big B

so remember when I posted this?
red and blue work

well.... it's in the works!



Maeva said...

Wow :o) Any advice on how to tackle such a complex design ?
I'll post something later today or sometime the next days. My parents are arriving here today for a 2 week vacation and the house is a happy mess *G*

Merlyn Gabriel said...

erm.. you mean aside from having a complete lack of brains?

Patience a good ruler, sharp point nibs. I also studied the piece I wanted emmulate for a very long time before I tried to draw it. Then carefully pencilled the basic outlined everything.

It is taking a very long time to do this piece, slowly and carefully.

We'll see how it looks when it is done.

I look forward to seing other people posting stuff, it's been a bit quiet here.

Ailitha said...

Wow, this looks gorgous, very complicated but absolutly gorgous! When you are done, could you post the original, so we can see where your ideas come from?
Do you use red and blue ink or paint?

Racaire said...


Merlyn Gabriel said...

Allie, if you click on the link about the picture you get to see the origional. It's a piece on the heidelberg site.

It looks complicated but I don't think it is as complicated as it looks. There is a lot of pattern repetition in it and once I figured out what the heck the pattern in the tiny boxes was ( swans or ducks) then it was a lot easier to understand what the artist was doing. There is a certain logic to how the ornament works and despite the chaotic look it's actually fairly organised.

I use red and blue ink and I do the pen work with very fine nib nibs. ( schreibfedern). This is why I buy pen nib lots on ebay because some of the older collections have incredibly fine point nibs in them.

The blue ink is Windsor and Newton calligraphy ink and the red ink is the Abraxus purpurrot ink. The black ink is watered down oak-gall + iron ink.The leaves will be painted with a water colour wash, just like in the origional. this method of washy colours seems to me to be very Germanic ( just from all the manuscript bits I have lopoked at online from the Heidelberg collection) They have this washy red and green colouring.


Ailitha said...

thanks for the info...I would love to get a class on the red and blue artwork from you!


Lia de Thornegge said...

Wow! That is looking very, very good. Since you've taken a picture like this half way through it is easier to see the regularity in the pattern, and I'm still amazed that it works so well. It looks difficult and complex, even though I see it's broken down into manageable little pieces.

I've been quiet around here because I haven't gotten anything scribal done :( Closest thing I got was purchasing fake parchment paper to try out. Haven't had the chance to try it yet though.