A Baronial service award, done in October 2015. Gouache on pergamenta, Roman Rustic hand, dip pen. Text written by me , no exemplar.
Based on an illustration of Iris in the Roman Vergil, personalized for the recipient with a reference to her arms and a portrait.
Pergamenta curls a lot with water based media. Next time I’m tempted to tape it to a board.
I like how almost cartoony the illustrations are in the exemplar manuscript. I added heraldry, radishes and bunnies to personalize, and tweaked the proportions to work with text.
The hand was fun to learn. I’d try for a less static composition next time.
Wright, David H. The Roman Vergil and the Origins of Medieval Book Design. Toronto: U of Toronto, 2001. Print.