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The Road Goes Ever On and On by RedgoldsparksPress The Road Goes Ever On and On by RedgoldsparksPress
This is one page of an art project that I did for my senior thesis in high school. I studied manuscript illumination, taught myself calligraphy, and picked two poems by JRR Tolkien to illuminate in a style based on The Book of Kells. If you think this projects sounds somewhat ambitious, well, my first plan was to illuminate the entire "Hobbit". What I actually did was the 'scaled-down' version of the project.

If you are interested in hearing more indepth about this project, I posted sketches, more pictures, and my inspirations here --->[link]

At my livejournal
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Amaterasuscorp1 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2017  Student General Artist
Oh my gosh, them fancy colours!! beautiful handwriting, beautiful everything! this is pure perfection! I looove it !! :la:
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kronicshade Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When you say you're plan was to illuminate the entire "Hobbit", I have to ask, were you inspired by the guy who did the entire Silmarillion for a thesis? He said it took him about a year to do and as somebody who's been also informally teaching myself calligraphy and manuscript illumination, I don't know how he did it in such a short amount of time lol. Very ambitious indeed. That being said, you're work here is great! The heading/title illumination work is amazing! Lots of very creative details going on, and your calligraphy is very consistent. And, well everything, is very professional!

One question though, just like how the name of the script for the main body of text would be called unicial, is there a name for the type of script you used for the "goes ever on and on" part?
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RedgoldsparksPress Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I had actually never heard of the illuminated "Silmarillion" project when I planned mine... I actually painted this piece all the way back in 2007! I also have NO idea how he did that whole book so quickly. It took me most of a year to teach myself the Celtic Uncial script and just do two poems ("The Road" and "Beren and Luthien" both by Tolkien). 

The script for the "Goes ever on and on" is adapted from a page from the Book of Kells. I made a blog entry about my specific influences here: akikotree.livejournal.com/2304…

:)
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isolationism Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Lovely work from a surprisingly tutored hand for one so young!
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RedgoldsparksPress Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I thank you :) I spent more than a year practicing to get to this final page. 
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Memmil Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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RedgoldsparksPress Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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CROMantis Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Isn't that kind of "g" a fantasy?
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loveafteritrains Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
You should really consider enabling the sale of this print. I'd buy it.
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RedgoldsparksPress Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, but I don't sell prints here on DA... I've never been that happy with their print quality. I do have some prints for sale on Society6 ([link]) but I haven't put this one up, as its technically fan art, which I am always very careful about selling. (I like to be able to donate most of the proceeds to a charity, for one thing).
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ShaylynnAnn Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This. Is. Stunning.

I'm seriously at a loss for works. Traditional illumination/knotwork + LotR?

*dies*
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RedgoldsparksPress Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! This was the culmination of many hours staring at my reproduction of The Book of Kells :)
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Tzigi Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Just found it and I absolutely adore it. Also I've read on your LJ that you envisaged the possibility of uploading other pages and making it possible to buy DA prints of them. I would so much love it that you did this :D

Also if you ever get any spare time, maybe you could do a tutorial on those fabulous capital letters?
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WishIWould Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love how you brought this bit of Tolkien's universe into unification with a very compatible bit of ours. It echoes deep with me. :)
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RedgoldsparksPress Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! It was a project of love for sure :)
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crossrhythm Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That is awesome!
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RedgoldsparksPress Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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alcuin18 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
Wonderful :D
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RedgoldsparksPress Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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Clutch45 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
Wow, so very clean and beautifully done! The tiny details are so impressive, and everything's so well centered and STRAIGHT! That's always the hardest part for me...
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RedgoldsparksPress Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
The ruler is my friend! I measure everything out in a rather obsessive manner.
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Clutch45 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
Ha ha! I suppose you'd HAVE to, wouldn't you? I need to get a new ruler... I gave my last one to my sister, and haven't even noticed it missing. I really should start using one!
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RedgoldsparksPress Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I like the clear plastic kind with red line in them, 2 in wide by 12 in long, sometimes called Graph Rulers.
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Clutch45 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
Oh, cool! I'll look for that kind, thanks!
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nonibunny Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Student Writer
Amazing! Absolutely beautiful! Unbelievable!
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RedgoldsparksPress Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it :)
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Sapphyre-Gem Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Very lovely and well done, the illumination style lends well to the poem :)
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RedgoldsparksPress Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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Fraktur-ed Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, Nice combination of different calligraphic styles! When you say you based the illuminated letter on the style of the Book of Kells, did you have photos or images of specific letters you modified or redesigned or did or did you improvise based on the style?
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RedgoldsparksPress Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Both, actually. Some of the letters are lifted from the Book of Kells almost directly, some are entirely made up, and some are a mix. If you want to know which are which, check out that livejournal post I linked to above :)
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Fraktur-ed Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for that! I asked because I am a big fan of the Book of Kells illuminations but couldn't find any decent images of the illuminated capitals on the internet, until I checked out your livejournal. It was really interesting to see how you designed your own works and sourced the originals from the Book of Kells!
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RedgoldsparksPress Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I love the Book of Kells, and I agree it can be hard to find source images. I've had more luck in books that online. A few years ago I was given a beautiful, full size, full color reproduction of the Book of Kells, and I reference it all the time.
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WishIWould Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my gosh, I'm so jealous!
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RedgoldsparksPress Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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Fraktur-ed Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
You lucky sonofagun! I'm definitely going to look for one of those now.
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RedgoldsparksPress Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You should! Its awesome. I actually found mine used as well, so it wasn't as expensive as it could have been.
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Fraktur-ed Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Knowing that your copy was second-hand gives me hope that I might find one! thanks.
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ShaylynnAnn Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ooooooh, I'd just love to get MY hands on one, as well. You're quite lucky, Alex-tree! You'd think that with as massive the internet is now, that there would be scans from the whole Book of Kells, but nooooo, only one or two pages. :(
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RedgoldsparksPress Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope you do!
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xxnovaxstarxx Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Woah, awesome calligraphy! How did you teach yourself?
That journal post was amazing! I can't believe you did all that! I'm am in awe right now. I used to be interested in calligraphy, but never got around to buying the kit and kind of fell out of it, but seeing this inspires me. I'd really like to try. just... woah, this is so cool! What a great talent you have! Keep it up!

How much more do you think we'd treasure a book if it looked like this?
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RedgoldsparksPress Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you checked out the post and liked i! Calligraphy really isn't that hard, and doesn't require that much. I did all of the lettering in this a regular wide tipped fountain pen, the kind which can be refilled with in cartridges. That pen, the ink and the paper were the only things I really bought for this project. All of the decoration parts I did a very fine paint brush dipped in ink.

As you teaching yourself... just practice the alphabet over and over on lined paper. Start with big letters, and move onto small letters. Calligraphy is really just fancy handwriting, and the only way to improve your handwriting is practice.

A manuscript, written and decorated by hand, it literally worth more than its weight in gold, and they were treated as so in the Middle Ages :)
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Professional
sweet job
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RedgoldsparksPress Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! This one of the art pieces I am most proud of, even though I did it years ago now.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Professional
sweet
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