The illuminators had a distinct disadvantage over those that were doing fresco's and large painted works. Where most of the artists had an entire wall or an entire ceiling to describe the biblical text, the illuminators were forced to work with the single page. In some cases they didn't even have an entire page to work with. Many times they met this challenge by presenting an entire story in one Illustration. I have quite a collection of illuminated pages on my Pinterest board if you are interested in seeing them.
Over the last month I have grown to appreciate the problem-solving that these illuminators must have done. What do you leave out? What do you illustrate? When presented with an entire book out of the Bible these questions can be very difficult. In my case the book is Revelations. I am limited to three images. If you've ever read the book of revelations then you know it is full of imagery. The entire book is metaphor and simile.
With that in mind I have finished my second line drawing of the book of revelations. I decided to go with The woman in the Dragon. Since my first piece deals with how the writing began, iI decided my second piece needed to describe with how the war began.
|Thumbnail sketches of Woman and the Dragon|
My processes been fairly simple starting with a lot of sketches. I did thumbnail sketches because I wanted to figure out what my page layout was going to look like. I went with the second thumbnail sketch because it complemented the first piece I did. When everything is put together these will act as bookends to my story. My design is very circular in nature. That not only works well as a composition but it describes a circular nature of the book of Revelation.
Michael S. Vieira has some very quick an informative video's concerning composition. You can catch his channel HERE. As I pull this all together, his advice and the advice given to me by my instructor James Werner about putting together a composition is sitting in the back of my mind. Line, rhythm, unity.. all the words I learned are taking form.
|Using Pink Breeze 8, I did a rough sketch of my main idea|
|I slid the glass top of my desk out so I could use it as a lightbox to trace my sketch on to my paper.|
In the next photo you can see my line drawing. I've added the angel, Michael, at the very top left, and I have added some angels going down the side to show that they drove the Dragon down to the earth. At the very bottom there is a woman looking at the wings of an eagle.
|I placed the drawings side by side to see how they would read visually.|