Here’s the latest update to my Tree of Life design:
I’ve tidied up the sketch a little, and continued with the illumination on the “G”. I’ve left the bottom spiral in an intermediate state so that you can see how the design evolves. It doesn’t just pop out of my head and onto the screen. I have to keep changing it and tweaking it. I’m still using George Bain’s book for inspiration but now I’m also using Aidan Meehan’s book on illuminated letters.
If you’re wondering why these letters seem to be tipping up to the right, it’s not a mistake. The old manuscripts that I’m trying to emulate, like the Book of Kells, often have the first few letters of a passage illuminated in decreasing order of size. However, the rest of the letters in my sketch in the previous post are tipping up to the right, by mistake. It often happens to my writing if I don’t follow guidelines. I will have to remember to draw guidelines on the sketch before I finalise the rest of the writing.