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Wistric's Golden Dolphin by Merwenna Wistric's Golden Dolphin by Merwenna
This scroll took me a while to complete. I started it back at the end of February 2012, then it took a looong break through the spring and summer, and then I finished it up now at the very beginning of September.

I made the promissory for it too. It was in fingerpaint.

Anyways, this is based on the Hours of Louis of Orleans, c. 1490. A bunch of folios from it can be seen here:


Unfortunately the one mine is based off of isn't on that site... I've only managed to find one terribly grainy picture of it. It's the folio of St. Tobias & the Fish, whichever one that is.

Anyways, instead of Tobias with a fish, we have a windy-kitty, because the recipient is from Windmasters' Hill and he reeeeally likes cats.

Done with gouache and sumi ink on pergamenata. The gold stuff is yellow ochre arylic with a layer of gold gouache on top to make look more opaque.

The calligraphy hand was really, really annoying, and still doesn't look right. It's like if a gothic hand and a rotunda hand got really drunk at Pennsic and made a calligraphy baby. Le sigh. It's a shame, cause it looks really nice on the source pictures. Hard for me to recreate though.
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Rosesarred Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
This is so beautiful. Masterful job!
Merwenna Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
Saphireflame Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
That is a very happy snail.
Merwenna Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe the word you are looking for is "derp" XD
LadyEilionora Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love how you described the calligraphy. good work. it's nice to see it all colorfied :)
Merwenna Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
haha, thanks. I think the colors and funky style of the border are my favorite part. :)
Merwenna Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hee, thanks :) Yeah, the gold is actually much shinier in person... not mirror-reflective or smooth like it's been burnished, but that sort of grainier, light-scattering shiny. Bleh, hard to describe. ^_^
WorldsEdge Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Hah! February through September is "a while to complete"? My pace is years between inception and completion. I wish I could see it in person to see how the gold actually looks. I'll give your gold-gouache-over-ochre-acrylic a try myself. Nifty keen all around.
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September 1, 2012
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