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Robin's Opal by Merwenna Robin's Opal by Merwenna
This was made for Marinus Baronial Birthday in November 2012. First time doing a fancehpants cadel scroll, and I realllly enjoyed it. (It also went really fast!)

My only beef with it is that some of the capitals in the middle section are off (I sorta tweaked as I went and they might not be strictly correct). Also I messed up some grammar in the first sentence. Le oops. That's what I get for combining different scroll texts in my head and then copying them out from memory. >_o

Based on a page from a manuscript belonging to the Duc de Berry. Written by Jean Flamel around 1409.

The rest of the script is basic Drogin bastarda.
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snowspell Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Which script(s) did you use?  I love the look and would like to learn it.
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The cadels are based on a hand by Jean Flamel in the Belles Heures of Jean de Berry... googling "Jean Flamel" will generally get a decent number of pictures of that particular style of flourish :)
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Karinta Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Brilliant!! :hug:
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you :D
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Karinta Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome dear!!
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Herculanum Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
This is so beautiful !
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!  It's probably one of my favorite calligraphy pieces evarr.  :)
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misphred Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow very nice... very fancehpants! lol
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EleneK Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Not only do you diaper like that but you callig like this??? Now I just want to sit at your feet and learn. I agree though, I love cadel scrolls. There is something relaxing to sitting back and not get stressed over whether the painting looks good or will get done in time. But I always feel guilty, like I'm robbing someone of artwork even though I think they look just as impressive.
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thanks! *flattered* But yeah I know what you mean... I've just now gotten comfy doing callig only, and I feel like I have to add a lot of swoopybits in order to compensate. XD
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EleneK Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
YES!!! I know exactly what you mean.

The first time I had ever done an all calig scroll I was still fairly new to the whole scribal thing. I had brought the award scrolls to A&S point and was showing them to the laurel I was working with at the time. This girl walks up and tells me how the scroll would look better if I painted all the boxes. I explained to he that this particular style wasn't supposed to be painted and left it at that. I got called away to marshal and left everything at A&S point. When I come back the same girl has painted half the boxes red, holds it up, and says, "see, doesn't it look so much better."

It was over a decade before I had enough presence to try it again. Even then, the second set of cadel scrolls has red line work, a little dog standing on one and faces popping out of the curves.
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
...Auuuughhh... If someone had painted on one of my scrolls, I don't know what I'd have done. Probably go in a corner and pout for a very long time. D:

I think that can be filed in one of the top scribal horror stories that I have heard. O_O;

But your all-callig scrolls are super awesome (and proper period styles!), so NEENER NEENER to her.
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canvasofnight Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist
Ooooh, I want to try this. I will probably be horrible at it, but it's so pretty!
/adds to list of things I'll never get around to
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so much easier than it looks. Once you get comfy with a dip pen, it's nothing. DOIIIT.
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deaus Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very good job with a difficult hand! Love it :-) For my next scroll, I want a Merwenna scroll! lol
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Teehee, thanks, I would love to make one for you :D
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wymarc10 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
That is a cool hand.
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I like it ^_^
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WorldsEdge Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Nice. I've definitely "been there" with the mistakes you describe, but, ya' know, nobody will notice!

I wonder about your model... It sounds like a page I once saw on display at the Getty Museum. Do you have a link to it?
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't find a link to the exact page to save my life (I got it from a book), but it looks a lot like this one, with some different letters/cadels.

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WorldsEdge Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Ah. That's the page I was thinking of. It was in a traveling exhibition from the Met Museum.
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Merwenna Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
They are both just gorgeous gorgeous eye-candy. *drool*
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