Lindisfarne Birds by somk
I know.. that's very traditionnal (from Lindisfarne Gospel) and not very "inspired", it is a demo for my illumination classes ... I will post fantasy/scifi illustrations, promiss but this manuscript is somehow interesting because of its size (2 in. 1/2 high) and the new pigments I was playing with. Namely : Fish Silver was used for all the white parts and OMG it really glows ! I had the darndest time finding a provider for genuine fish silver (Fish silver is "fish scales in an alcohol solution" sic) but it was worth it !
Blue tints are Smalt and Copper silicate (various granulosities for different shades, the finer the clearer) Brown/red are iron oxide (various dilution), red and yellow are not realgar *I'm not that crazy* but Cadmium (which is probably as dangerous mind you) and Naples yellow. The green colour is provided by finely ground Malachite.
On vellum (calf skin).