Sunday, April 22, 2012

Psalm 24

Where to begin?  Hmm, how about with the technical stuff?  OK.
Woodblock was pine, paper was Zerkal and ink was Graphic Chemical water based black.

The image was inspired by
verse 7:

"Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of Glory shall come in"  KJV

I also love trying to depict wood and other unique surfaces, so I went with this old wooden door, brass nameplate, cast iron knocker and security keypad image.  I had fun with the door knocker, trying to incorporate the world and open hands into the image.

Here is the illuminated border and capital initial, bot hand painted (btw, each one of the border blocks are around 1.5" x 2").
I know it might look white here, but the vines are actually a light cream color, which was very, very hard to paint!

Next I decided to change the calligraphy a bit, still not perfect but I like the way it looks.  I dropped the numbers and instead started each verse with a capital letter, a semi illuminated capital initial per se.  Here is the final result:
So, here is the final completed image: