This next AoA had a lot of new things going on that I was kind of excited about. New calligraphy hand, new style, and gold painted capital letters! That might not sound interesting or hard, but for me it was completely out of the box and a bit scary.
The biggest challenge for me wasn't the usual debate of "oh my good too many things I want to draw and paint!" but rather "how is this lady's name actually registered and spelled????". The award write up and contact person had two different ways of spelling her name. I did some digging on OSCAR and found a third way of spelling it! Well crud. Some more digging through the award write up mentioned that she was autocratting the event in which she was getting her AoA and thank god it had her SCA name written out! And it matched the OSCAR entry!!! :D
This is also the first scroll I worked on since going to KWHSS in Toronto. The class Marieta and I attended Sunday morning mainly talked about shading techniques so it was fresh in my mind when I went to work on the pearls for the artwork.
Late period Italian manuscripts are lovely with their simplicity and elegance. Everything was free hand drawn and fiddled with during the final painting. The biggest change for me in terms of style was in using this source material, the text has an "airy" quality achieved by skipping extra lines. As you can see below, I did the gold work on the name last and missed which line to write on. Oh well. I think it still looks nice.
Recipient: Lisabetta vedova di Alessandro
Award: Award of Arms
Hand: Humanist bookhand
Words: Eva Woderose
Specs: Guache on bristol