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May 5, 2008
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Book Illumination Artus Legend by Siobhan68 Book Illumination Artus Legend by Siobhan68
Loooong ago. I copied many illuminations from ancient books. This one shows three single miniatures from the gothic era I just put together. I forgot the source, but I found the miniatures and their descriptions in a reverence book.

Top: Gawain on an amorous adventure.

Middle: Guinevra places a shield around the neck of lovesick Lancelot to heal him.

Bottom: Lancelot lifts a heavy tomb slab on a graveyard.

First I drew the outlines with technical pencil on normal, white paper and painted the whole thing with acrylics. I tried to capture the old style and even blurred and stained the background, like the original. The "gold" is underlayed with a thick, high gloss lacquer and then "gilded" with wafer-thin sheets of brass. The paper I aged with coffee, dirty fingers, water, acrylics and the use of a real sponge (better structures than artificial ones).
At last I varnished the whole piece to give it a thick parchment feel and to protect the brass from tarnishing.

I hope you like it!
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Hi, I have favorited this long ago. I still love this piece. If I may ask you something, I have a personal game project in mind, and need medieval illuminated manuscript like sprites. Would you help me out, or can you give any tips for painting this kind of stuff. And is this digital or handmade? The word "hand made" is a bit unfitting, I know. I couldn't find a better one, but I guess u got the idea.
Siobhan68 Jan 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
:aww: I'm glad you like this piece so much, thanks! It is a *handmade*, traditional copy of three illuminations I found in a book. I didn't create it as a new, original piece, I just copied the pictures and put them together.
You need sprites? Hm... Since the figures are relatively simple in old illuminations, it would be the easiest way to look for illuminations in the net or in books from the library. I bet you'll find some pictures you could use almost directly as they are. Since they are so simple you could even use them like *paperdolls*, cutting them apart and position them like you want...
herr-garrett Apr 25, 2009
Gods! 100/10
Siobhan68 Apr 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you.... that is soooo sweet!
Thanks for the fav too of course! :sun::sun::sun:
salzigi May 21, 2008   Traditional Artist
interesting. i like these kind of thigs. very beautiful in its own way.
Siobhan68 May 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
I love old illuminations too and made a lot once... as commissions. ;)

The gold is what brings the light to the books, hence the name illumination! ;P
Quite nice...
Siobhan68 May 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :thanks:
Siobhan68 May 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot!
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