So, when I'm not not working on 16th century Florentine nonsense, I do some scribal work. Have done for a while, really. So, in an effort to kind of show how far I've come, and put that work in one place, I thought I'd take a little trip down memory lane...
So with no further ado, I give you: My very first original SCA award scroll.
It was a Potissimus Hippocampus for Master Grendal. Not only was it my first original, he is the premiere of the Order in the Barony of Stromgard. This is actually a photo of a color photocopy, so the resolution isn't stellar, but you get the idea.
Since I started there, here is a parade of other Celtic-style stuff I've produced, over time. It's one of my favorite styles, and I hope to do more of it. It's deceptively difficult to do really well, and it completely has my heart.
Celtic style charters and scrolls: a progression.
This was a Gryphon's Flame during the Principality reign of Albrecht I and Maraigha I, in Avacal. Kind of cartoonish and text-heavy, and the spacing isn't ideal, but...text heavy. It was an interesting time of transition between "shit we think looks neat" and "actually resembles a manuscript," here in our kingdom, and there were still some kinks to work out.
This is an Award of Arms from the same reign. I'm happier with it, stylistically, but it's still a bit big and bold and cartoony. Similar issues on line spacing, but texterrific, and my calligraphy was nice and big and remedial, at that point.
Also around that time was the last reign of Gunnar and Gabriell, who were totally old school, early SCA. I really loved how this one turned out (again, line spacing, but ::shrug:: I get better). It painted up beautifully and was - I was told by several people - a very satisfying paint. Much to my sadness, Their Then Majesties only wanted to use the 3" seal, and this one was designed for the signet, so it wasn't used much, if at all. Kind of heartbreaking, really.
This is the one of which I am most proud. It's a Lion of An Tir original scroll for BanIarla Daedin (gouache on pergamenata). The dimensions are fairly true to the size of the original - the Echternach Gospels, Lion symbol of St. Mark - and I got the spacing to finally look like it ought. Also, I feel like I got the nuance of the hand a lot better than previous attempts. I'd say it's my best work, to date.
Next time, we'll explore 101 ways to fake Viking-era illumination in service to our barbarian kings.
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