This is a work in progress and the edges of a piece is Celtic designs, which i improvise between 5 mm parallel lines, i am completing an illuminated manuscript the Chi Rhoe.
or "the word made flesh"

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Location: Glastonbury

Comment by Kathy Orrell on July 20, 2016 at 5:19pm

wow. such intricate work requires loads of patience. Celtic designs are beautiful for sure.

Comment by Mary-Ellen Arsenault on July 20, 2016 at 6:22pm
That's gorgeous! What pens do you use, I've got Copic, Staedtler and Artists Loft (varying prices) but I am in need of more 0.05 because that's what I use most. So before I go buy more today, in your opinion which bleed the least and offer the best results and are budget minded...considering they do burn out...
Comment by Frank Savage on July 20, 2016 at 6:57pm
First thank you to Kathy for your comment and yes they are intricate and can be quite a challenge but I've developed a technique of my own that I follow and then I'll improvise.saying that...One does have to draw upon a lot of experience in drawing as a dicipline, mainly to stop yourself getting too self indulgent and losing the feel. I basically draw 2 X 20mm lines for full width and insert 5 x mm from each side two more. So four in all and begin the patterns. Glad you like my work thank you so much.
Comment by Frank Savage on July 20, 2016 at 7:08pm
Mary - Ellen
I am sometimes known as "the prince of darkness" by my colleagues and friends, because of the massive expanses of black I employ in my work...It's just what comes natural to me and seems right as I like a dramatic feel in my presentations. I have ALWAYS used Steadier Blue pencils. From B through BY although B6 OVER B2 will give enormous depth.
With Steadier pencils there is a Matt finish and no glare. I recommend them if your looking for smooth non reflective blacks ..For fine work like that there I use a super sharp b2 steadtler and after I'm happy with the initial design I'll redo it with other blacks but basically steadtler pencils for most of it.
Thank you so much for your input ladies I hope I've been of some help? My techniques are all home grown so if it seems unlike the textbook style it probably is!
Comment by Frank Savage on July 20, 2016 at 7:21pm
Glad you Love it Suzanne that's what illuminated scripture is meant to be imbued with....If you look at my profile avatar that's the top corner of the piece I'll try to post it as it is so far you can get an idea of scale!
Comment by Paul Dodd on July 20, 2016 at 9:27pm

I love your work. I'm too impatient  to even dream of attempting  anything like this. My  short time in a before  CAD. engineering drawing office proofed to me that I couldn't work without leaving smudges everywhere

Comment by Frank Savage on July 20, 2016 at 11:09pm
I understand your frustration Paul I've been there..A long time ago but perseverance has its own rewards. Once I start a drawing I will NEVER touch the paper again until it's finished. Also keeping the borders clean is a mammoth task too.
Priceless dicipline can be gained by remembering these things when beginning a work. Thanks for your comment Paul.
Comment by Frank Savage on July 20, 2016 at 11:29pm

Comment by Frank Savage on July 20, 2016 at 11:31pm

Heres the real size of the piece which is in its early stages yet! Its the Chi-Rhoe you can google chi Rhoe and you will see the depth of the subject but, the size is A2 and each piece is seperately designed and yet to be colored.

Comment by Paul Dodd on July 21, 2016 at 2:35am
I think I'll leave to the expert. I think i' m just too messy, with my painting the paint ends up all over me and my cloths


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