This piece was done for the homework assignment on
vellum. I liked the irregular shape of the skin and
wanted a small quote to compliment it. The first
time I used this Plato quote was for a wedding
certificate for my daughter. I thought it was a
perfect fit for this small piece. The next step was
creating an illustration. I have always loved the
textile designs of William Morris and drew on them
for inspiration. I found several that were in
various stages of completion.
Coupled with the idea of the incomplete song, it seemed like the
The quote was done using indigo stick ink and a Mitchell nib. The
flourishing of the Italic hand echoes the flowing vines. After working
out the illustration, I traced it on the vellum using saral paper and
colored it in with gouache and patent gold. This is only my second
time working on vellum. What a marvelous surface on which to write!