Medieval Bestiary Project
- There be Dragons
To keep us going from the month of the April Fool
into the begining week or so of the Merry Month of May
, I propose the following.....
Every 7-10 days I myself, as host, will try and follow one of the upcoming suggestions... indicating the initial idea, then perhaps showing a WIP along the way...
Choose a Bestiary rendering you really like
, and basically copy
This can be done any number of ways...pencil, cp, pen & Ink, water-colour , Gouache, ect....
by going for an unfamiliar or little-used or new-to-you medium...
This depiction of a Griffin/Gryphon
from the Aberdeen Bestiary
is a favourite of mine......I have never used gouache, and rarely do water-colour pen and ink renderings....so my challenge
to myself will be to do one of them!
GOLD LEAF , ANYONE
NOW"S YOUR PERFECT CHANCE TO TRY IT OUT
Compare , Contrast, Combine and Adapt 1 or more images
...to create a new one ( albeit close to what you interpret as the Medieval "style" )
Here are 3 differing depictions of a description of a tiger...same
story...drawn 3 different ways by 3 different artists in Anglo-Norman Britain
Your challenge could be to add your own vision
of this or another story...
Take another concurrent depiction
of a Medieval bird or beast not
in an illustrated manuscript...( such as a floor mosaic, sculptural form,carved wood relief, tapestry, ect...)
it into a Bestiary styled Illustration...
Unicorn floor mosaic from 12th C Ravenna Italy
from the Harley Bestiary,British Library collection
This is the only Medieval-era depiction I found for a creature called the Barnacle Goose
; a creature imagined from trying to understand the migration/mating/birthing patterns of certain Geese....since I was intrigued by the legend of geese developing from barnacles on a tree
, and very much wanted to do my own interpretation......
Barnacle Goose by WildGoose
Size: 4x6 ACEO
Medium: CP on card
All for today , folks!
Any more suggestions...they're quite welcome!
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