After a first great experience with Strathmore’s Toned Tan paper, sepia ink by Rohrer & Klingner, and pencil I started to draw an alphabet, beginning, why not, with the C.
Medieval manuscript illustration is famous for its large initials, enhanced and embellished with drawings and decorations. There are two categories: decorated initials, with mainly abstract, or floral motives; and historiated initials, with little painted scenes. These are the most fascinating ones, because they can be humorist, or fantastic, or symbolic. I think it is my background in medieval art history, with a specialisation in manuscripts, which constantly draws me to do little drawing of letters with people around them. Not as delicate as the medieval ones though.
The guy on this drawing is having a cup of coffee. The C is not meant to be the capital initial of the word ‘Coffee’. But that’s for another post.
The drawing is scanned at 300 dpi on a Canon flatbed scanner with minimal color correction in Photoshop CC 2014. The heightened whites are gently drawn in with a white pencil, not too heavy, so that the structure of the 80 lb/118 g/m2 paper is still visible. My Strathmore bloc is a 55 in. by 85.5 in. (14 x 21,6 cm) 400 series one.
And what a plethora of artists’ materials on the Strathmore website: http://www.strathmoreartist.com
Not to forget Rohrer & Klingner: http://www.rohrer-klingner.de/