Chimeras Illuminated border by somk
That was an illuminated border I made for an exhibition here in Montreal. On parchment with historical pigments (Walnut stain, lead white, gold powder, iron oxide on vellum)
It shows the 3 steps in illumination : basic drawing (usually with alizarin, I do prefer iron oxyde...) The colouring part : that's the moment when people starts screaming they failed, that their drawing sBEEPks and they try to run out of the workshop (I close the doors).. the design re appears when you finish with the 3rd step : the black outlines and the white highlights, don't worry
I added a close up of the central part. It measure 1 1/2 in. and the whole drawing is 4 1/2 inches.