Constance asked me to do the illumination for Edward Grey of Lochleven's Silver Crescent scroll. My first reaction was OMG!!!! YEAY!! I've known Edward since the fall of 2002 when I was in my senior year of college and met him through mutual friends in the Realms LARP. To me, he was always the ridiculously tall guy who was incredibly kind and incredibly pun-tastic. Fast forward to my joining the SCA, realizing I know way more people than I thought, joining Lochleven's sister household of Darostur, etc, etc...long story short: Edward was a dear friend and I was honored to be able to do the illumination on the scroll.
Scroll assignment: Order of the Silver Crescent
Recipient: Edward Grey of Lochleven
Hand: Gothic Littera Bastarda by Constance de St. Denis
Words: Thyra Eiriksdottir, latin translation for the tiny banner by Eva Woderose
Specs: Guache on Bristol
Source: Gorleston Psalter, England (Suffolk), 1310-1324, Add MS 49622, f. 193v.
The illumination is done completely free-hand. Sketching was done before the calligrpahy and finished all painting afterward. Thyra and Eva added the personalized banner detail at the bottom. I changed out the bird detail on the border for Edward's greyhound.
I remembered to take a LOT of progress pictures for this one.
|Hound detail. The circle will become the Silver Crescent drawing.|
|Tiny Edward gets sketched in.|
Bonus points if you can read the latin banner! :)