A very nice lady - Alessandra Luciana Giancomo - is being recognized as a Pelican, today, up in Tir Righ. Her Peer - Viscount Steinn - asked Duchess Hludwige to do the scroll. Her Grace could't fit it into her schedule since the time frame was very short (like, a month), so she asked me if I would take it on. I said yes, and then promptly wound up traveling for the better part of two weeks.
I had some grand ideas, at the start:
These particular hopes were dashed when I looked at my timeline (basically a week and change), and my skill set.
So, I settled on this as inspiration. Steinn said it didn't need to be fancy, so I went with it.
The recipient's persona is late-period Venetian, heraldry is part of what she's being recognized for, and I feel like the Cap of Maintenance is woefully underused. Definitely more simple than the above ideas, and what is typically handed out, but I really appreciate how straightforward it is. You can tell from a distance who the person is, and their rank, and I think it's quite striking.
Here's how it played out, in pictures:
Aside from a bit of line-tidying, here's where it ended. Gouache and ink on pergamenata. I incorporated a bit of the blue and white from Tir Righ's heraldry, just for funsies, and the rope around the device is yellow-ish to give a nod to her having been a protegé.
Overall, I'm really pleased with how it turned out. And now I have a design that's suitable for short-order requests for a variety of instances.
My takeaways from this project are that I should consider some sort of sealant underneath paint on this thinner perg. It buckled quite a bit under the gold because I needed to get decent coverage, although I think some time under pressure would resolve a lot of it. Also, I should get to practicing gold leaf. I've done it before, I just didn't have any of the good stuff around, nor any adhesive. If I'd had some, I might have considered doing the Or of the device in shiny gold because anything worth doing is worth doing gilded.
These are things I will consider when I hit the shores of Drachenwald, as my An Tir scribal studio is now shut.
a round gown with Vandyke scollops
1 year ago