Wednesday, March 11, 2015

medieval faces - mittelalterliche Gesichter in Manuskripten - Dragon's Bowle for Vrank von Attendorn

Dragon's Bowle for Vrank von Attendorn - for achieving a medieval atmosphere at events      
My first try at drawing and painting medieval faces started with the backlog assignment of Vrank von Attendorn's Dragon's Bowle. As I know Vrank's persona is from the 13th century, I thought immediatly of the Codex Mannesse as the Original to his Dragon's Bowle scroll. His achievements ranged from coin making, fire starting to making and using a sling and teaching others in it. So that's what I wanted to show in his scroll. As the Codex Mannesse has one image per page, I decided on one text page and 4 image pages. In the following pictures you will see the process of each image from the drawing, gilding, painting and shading to the finished page.

Mein erster Versuch mittelalterliche Gesichter zu zeichnen und malen, begann mit der Beauftragung Vrank von Attendorn's Dragon's Bowle Urkunde zu schreiben. Die Mannessische Liederhanschrift (auch bekannt als Heidelberger Liederhandschrift) erschien mir als geeignetste Vorlage, da Vrank's Persona aus dem 13. Jh. stammt. Vrank ist bekannt für die Münzherstellung, Feuermachen bis hin zur Schleuderherstellung und Benutzung und das Unterrichten anderer in all diesen Fähigkeiten. Genau diese Errungenschaften wollte ich in seiner Urkunde zeigen. Da die Liederhandschrift eine Darstellung pro Seite zeigt, entschied ich mich für eine Textseite und 4 Bildseiten. Fotos der einzelnen Seiten von der Zeichnung, über die Vergoldung, das Malen und die Schattierung bis hin zum Endergebnis, sind oberhalb dieses Textes zu finden.

Material: Pergamenata (paper), sugar gesso and gold leaf, gouach paint

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

(nur) Kalligrafie - (only) calligraphy

Das Kalligrafie allein sehr gut wirken kann, zeigen Bilder die mit Cadels und wunderschöner Schreibschrift "gemalt" wurden. Besonders im orientalischen und asiatischen Raum wird diese Tradition bis heute hoch gehalten.

Ich selbst habe diese Art der Kalligrafie-Kunst in den beiden Urkunden vom Septemberbeitrag 2014 ausprobiert.

Was ich in diesem Post zeigen will, sind die Briefe die ich im Rahmen meines Mittelaltervereins der SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism, Königreich Drachenwald, Baronie Kniht's Crossing) schrieb. Hier habe ich mir ein Beispiel an vorhanden Originalbriefen genommen. Die Schreiben wirken allein durch die Schrift. Die Resultate haben mich dazu veranlasst wichtige Briefe wieder per Hand und Glückwunschkarten & Dankesschreiben sogar in Kalligrafie zu schreiben.

English translation see below the pictures!
Kriegserklärung der Baronie Knight's Crossing an das angrenzende Shire Ad Flumen - declaration of war from the Barony of Knight's Crossing to the neighboring Shire Ad Flumen

Friedenserklärung der Baronie Knight's Crossing an das angrenzende Shire Ad Flumen - peace agreement of the Barony Knight's Crossing to the Shire Ad Flumen

Paintings done by using only calligraphy in the form of Cadels and beautiful handwriting are pieces of art as well. This tradition is very much actively practiced in the oriental and asian countries.

I myself tried this kind of art doing the awards presented in the september post 2014.

What I want to show with this post are the letters I wrote for the medieval society I'm a member of, the SCA (Society of Creativ Anachronism, Kingdom Drachenwald, Barony of Knight's Crossing). I used original medieval letters as references. The letters themselves appear beautiful just through the calligraphy. Because of the results, I decided to actually write personal letters on paper and cards again instead of by e-mail and even calligraph congratulation and thank you cards.

The joy the recepient has finding a "real" letter with all the bills and adds in the mail box is priceless and very much appreciated.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Mistress Bridget's Sigilum Coronae and Baron Marcus' Court Barony

For this years Double Wars (XXVII) I had finaly the chance to make a scroll not only for my Laural Mistress Bridget Greywolf but also for her husband Baron Marcus von Stormarn. As they are both very important people to me I was thrilled and horrified at the same time!
First of all I had only 3 weekends time to actualy do the work (due to my personal time schedule) and second my Laural is an awesome scribe. So she and her husband do know the difference between good and great scribal work! (No pressure there, right?!)

Nevertheless I knew pretty fast what kind of style I wanted to use for both awards and when I finaly got my head straight (thank you Mama B for that, eventhough I could not say the whole truth) I realy enjoyed doing both of them.

Here the pictures:
Baron Marcus Court Barony
source: patent of nobility Ferdinand I to Johann Ulrich Rabenstein, 1570 - the original for M S Court Barony
I found the picture of the above patent on pinterest while looking for inspiration. This is a large letter and as I wanted to do something flashy for Marcus it was a perfect example for using gold ink and had these breathtaking flourishings and Cadels.

The size of the scroll is A5 and it was the first scroll I used parchment for. I had excersized the flourishings and scribt using pergamenata. The excersizes did not turn out as good as I hoped and I was worried about the result on the parchment. Fortunatly I was positivly surprised by how well I could write on the parchment as it is realy well prepared. Still the gold ink I use is to thick for small letters. But my Laural already promised me a solution that she will show me the next time I visit her.

 Adding the flourishings was fun but takes a lot of practise to get the even spaces. As you can see I still have ways to go! I also realized to achive the beautiful look of the patent I will have to actualy gild the Capitals using gesso and gold ink.

And here the final result. I added some shadows using black ink to get the important parts to pop out!

Mistress Bridget Greywolf's Sigilum Coronae

source: Henry VIII, 1514, Coram Rege Rolls. National Archives Reference: KB 27/1012, researched on pinterest
While I was researching Marcus' scroll I also found several pictures of Coram Rege Rolls and I knew that needed to be used for my Laurals scroll. I found one example that fitted almost perfectly.

Looking at some of the techniques my fellow scribes shared online. I decided using the pencil-copy technique, due to the shortness of time I faced. The biggest disadventage in this case is the pencil stains you get on the parchment. Luckily I could rub them off! 

The nib I used to ink the capitals and to write the text is actualy not as big as it could have been but I found a solution for it (gold ink... see later pics).

The Sigilum Coronae is a very personal award from the King and the Queen (it can be also given as a single award from either King or the Queen). In this case the Queen Cecilia ask me to include some personal symbols, the Ax of King Prothal and the doll "Bridget in a Box". Both having special meaning between their majesties and Mistress Bridget. I also decided using the wolf (part of Mistress Bridget's device) to symbolize her as the person receiving the award.

Once I was finished with the writing I lookd at the scroll and it didn't look right to me... too much white space in the capitals. So I decided to add gold ink to make it pop.

And here the final result!

For my Laurals Sigilum Coronae I also used an A5 sized parchment page, Iron-gall ink, gold ink and gouche for the colors.
My final comments: I realy want to experiment more with cadels, flourishing and gold ink. So I'm hoping for a scroll project with more time to get it done!
Real parchment is so great to work with (at least the one I bought from my german producer Need to use it more often!