Lady Lisabetta Medaglia, The Shire of Mountain Freehold
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This backlog AoA scroll has been called by myself as “The Gryphon Scroll”. I was approached by the Backlog deputy, mentioning to me that they had a fun project involving gryphons (as I absolutely love gryphons!) They mentioned that the recipient, Lady Genievieve de Charbonneau, also loved gryphons and if I wanted to put gryphons in the scroll, I was free to do whatever I like.
The illumination style is based from a French Book of Hours, 1490, with my own touches and flavours to it. I had the opportunity to actually sit down at the Morgan Library and flip through pages of this Book of Hours, taking close-up photos so that I could study the painting and shading details. The illuminated capitals were what really blew my mind, as they were originally about 1 x .5″, but such tiny brush strokes for the shading! Normally, this isn’t the “style” I usually do in my illuminations (I specialize in bar-and-ivy illuminations), but I was so inspired by this manuscript, I wanted to make “The Gryphon Scroll” like this.
And so, this scroll is based on the illuminations from that manuscript, with my own renderings of gryphons throughout the page. The illuminated capital O is also based from the many beautiful capitals from the manuscript, but on a much larger scale, and features Lady Genievieve’s black oppinicus – a type of gryphon that has a long camel’s neck, “mammal” ears (usually a lion’s ears), lion like forelegs, and a camel’s tail. Note: I usually like drawing my own gryphons with lion forelegs rather than eagle talons. This scroll was made on 11×14″ pergamenata, with geniune 24k gold leaf (on arms only), modern gouache, with metallic gold and silver paint.
French Book of Hours (The Morgan Library) MS M. 26: https://www.themorgan.org/manuscript/76884
The Gryphon Scroll (more photos and WIP photos): https://www.facebook.com/lisamedaglia/media_set?set=a.10156487499149872&type=3