It’s been awhile since I’ve posted and although I still want to go through and add some of my older work, I decided I’m going to update work as I finish while I am still excited about it.
The piece I’m going to share today is my last scroll assignment of 2017. I was assigned this award of arms for a lord in a nearby barony who I’d never met. This was a challenge because normally I search for information to personalize a scroll on Facebook and the EK wiki but he didn’t have either! So, I reached out to his contact and found a little about him.
I learned his persona was Spanish and lived around the 14th century. He also played in the local recorder ensemble. I searched online and found the Cantigas de Santa Maria which were created in Spain and had some amazing music themed miniatures (like these) and actual music. I was jumping in on the music aspect of his persona hopefully. I was a bit worried that it wasn’t going to be specific enough to him and he was going to be disappointed but it was what I had so I went with it. I spent hours trying to find the right manuscript to fit the art style I envisioned because there are a lot of copies of the Cantigas. I wanted one of the miniatures to be him, playing the recorder and other miniatures of other musicians in the ensemble. This offered a challenge because it was a style I hadn’t tried before but, otherwise the Cantigas fit my vision perfectly.
This scroll was done on bristol with gouache, walnut ink, red and blue calli ink, and gilding. I got to try a bunch of new techniques like: portraits, a new calligraphy hand, and filigree- which was actually a lot of fun. The hand I used was a rotunda which I spent some time working on with a master calligrapher.
Words were done by Nicol mac Donnachaidh, who I’ve had the pleasure of working with on many scrolls. He actually wrote the music and the words in the style of the Cantigas, like the mad talented person he is (check out his blog post about it!) For the record, I didn’t request the music, it was his idea and in my opinion it really made the piece extra special. My favorite part of this whole thing was that the calligraphy, illumination, words, and music all went together and were authentic to the style of the Cantigas. I may have geeked out a whole lot about that 😛
And after his recieved his award, Lord Diego messaged me that he loved the scroll and was very happy. I really couldn’t ask for more.
Anyway, without further ado, here is the final piece, which was given out at BBM/ Bergental Yule, 2017.
Let me know if you have any questions, thoughts, or comments! Thanks for joining me!