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Posted 17 November 2008 - 17:01
I'm appending an example of one that I copied from 'Kells' to show the sort of thing I mean. It was drawn freehand, not traced (as is evident from its flaws!), using a variety of fibre-tipped media.
If it's not a suitable topic for this forum, please either delete it or point me in the right direction...
Posted 17 November 2008 - 17:33
Posted 17 November 2008 - 18:10
If you click the link on LINKS pinned at the top of this forum, go to Manuscripts Online and from there to the Digital Scriptorium you can find all sorts of illuminated letters to enjoy. While there, you may want to type in the search box book of hours, for example, and it should bring up multiple results.
Posted 17 November 2008 - 18:11
Were can I find sources for doing this stuff?
Thanks. I'd be surprised if you can't find a copy of examples from the book of Kells. I bought a couple of books a few years ago in London:
Celtic Design - Illuminated Letters, by Aidan Meehan ISBN 0-500-27685-4
Celtic Design - Knotwork, The secret method of the scribes, by Aidan Meehan ISBN 0-500-27630-7
Both of these are well worth their relatively cheap paperback price!
Herewith a couple more:
Posted 17 November 2008 - 18:18
Edited by HDoug, 17 November 2008 - 18:19.
Posted 17 November 2008 - 18:35
I'm afraid I've never heard the term 'cadel flourishes' - if anyone knows the answer, I'd be interested to know more!
As for the over and under weaving in these letters, they seem to obey the same rules as are described in the book on knotword that I've mentioned above. This is a fascinating subject and can get very complicated! The foundation is a design called 'Solomon's Knot', which is a simple version of the over and under method. I haven't got an example, but I'm appending a slightly more complex set of triangular knots which might help explain the system.
And if you want to get into the more complex area, I'm including a panel of Josephine's Knots - these can drive you crazy! :-)
Posted 17 November 2008 - 21:46
Cadel flourishes, which originated in France, are complicated, decorative structures. They are a bit different from the examples shown above; there are some excellent examples on this forum by Tipstricks and Lozzic. If you search for their topics, you should find them quite easily.
Edited by caliken, 17 November 2008 - 21:54.
Posted 17 November 2008 - 22:05
Posted 07 August 2011 - 14:42
I began in each case with a swash capital to which I added shape and then decoration. There are lots of variations in decoration, of course, as can be seen in countless books on the subject, but I tried to keep it fairly simple and in black and white.
The monogram below was drawn the same way, but as I developed the lines I decided to split them and enable some inter-weaving between the letters to make them more related to one another!
This sort of thing is fun to do and doesn't require great artistic skill (as is all too evident!) if you start with something simple like a swash capital.
I can't think of a really useful thing to do with any of them - they're just for fun - but I suppose that I could use something like this as a 'drop capital' at the start of a piece of formal writing.
I must try it sometime! :-)
I note, incidentally, that the illustrations from my earlier posts on this subject seem to have disappeared. I'll look for them and try to reinstate them if the system allows me to do it. If not, I could try adding them later.
Postscript: As best as I can recall, these are three of the missing images. If you're interested, I'll try to find the others!
Edited by katim, 07 August 2011 - 15:01.
Posted 08 August 2011 - 16:10
Posted 08 August 2011 - 21:43
I've never really got into this aspect of design...I satisfy myself with re-drawing from existing examples with modifications of my own to fit a particular purpose. This is one such example from an actual job some time ago. I agree that they are great fun to do...especially when they are not a direct copy, but an adaptation, so that a certain amount of creativity is involved.
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Posted 08 August 2011 - 22:17
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Posted 08 August 2011 - 22:42
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Posted 08 August 2011 - 22:55
Ain't great, but it's the best I've got. So far.