Lindisfarne Birds by somk

Lindisfarne Birds

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Added: Jun 21, 2004
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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 Tongue 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).

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gyrfalcontg's picture

This is lovely... I am especially impressed that you used (almost) traditional pigments and materials. I visited the Lindesfarne Gospels exhibition in London last year and it was absolutely fantastic. Wonderful work! Laughing out loud

Art at its best.