Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Illumination Class Day One: Leo the Lion

Three times a year I get the opportunity to study with Master Illuminator Debbie Thompson Wilson. She has a knack for finding the most whimsical medieval manuscripts to work from. She sees the beauty and potential in images that I would probably not give a second glance to. It is so inspriting to be able to spend time with her.The classes focus on painting techniques. We don't create an original image to work from but we take an existing medieval or renaissance image and try to transform it in some way. This little Leo the Lion is 1 3/4" x 1 3/4" on Arches HP paper. The lion is painted with Yellow Ochre, Brown Orchre, Burnt Umber and Burnt Sienna. We did light washes of the yellow ochre and then built up the fur in layers with a dry brush techqnique and 10/0 brush. This small little guy took nearly 4 hours to paint. I tried out Debbie's Haff ruling pen for the outline guilding. I had a hesitation with the ruling pen that is reflected in the gilding but next time I will be more confident! The background was painted in washes of cobalt blue, followed by French Ultramarine blue and then a shadow layer of Paynes Grey. Talons Rich Gold was used for the pattern work in the background which don't show up too well in the scan. On to a larger project today!


Dana said...

Love, love, LOVE this!

What great opportunities you have to study with Debbie. Your work just keeps getting better and better.

So majestic and dignified!


Heather Victoria Held said...

Thanks Dana! It is wonderful to be able to study with her. Maybe next year you can come too!

Jane Farr said...

I know I already commented on you wonderful lion over on FB, but I just wanted to say I so enjoyed reading in more detail about him here on your blog.

Heather Victoria Held said...

Many thanks Jane. He was a fun little project!