This month the British Library is featuring the 'Golf Book' on its blog. It's not a book about golf, but it does contain a miniature showing men playing proto-golf (calendar pg for September, 27r, apparently).
The book is no longer complete, but the intact miniatures are attributed to Simon Bening, one of the great 16th c Flemish artists.
I'm paging through it and find things like this:
Glorious, isn't it.
See all the shadows and details in the intials, iwth the shading as if there was light shining on the goldy-brassy capital letters?
I wanna paint that, and I don't know how. I'd settle just for the initials and text area, leaving aside the gothic borders and tracery.
I've had a go at doing shaded initials before, but a recent experience shows me that I really don't know what I'm doing. I feel like I'm painting things in the wrong order, and just making a mess of what is probably a straightforward process.
Does anyone know of decent how-to instructions, for painting figures with perspective/shadowing/3D effects? I have a half-dozen books at home, but as yet, I haven't 'clicked' onto the process and I think it will be embarrassingly easy, once I know how. Please advise!