Aerlinn in Edhil o Imladris

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Meredith Bailey

This all started when I bought the wrong sized frame, and was left trying to figure out what to do with it. Concurrently reading Tolkien's 'Fellowship,' I decided to try my hand at a little Elven calligraphy. Little did I realize what I was getting into. After using a handy cheat computer program to (imperfectly) translate the Hymn of the Elves at Rivendell, I spent 6 hours painstakingly gridding out guidelines and sketching in the tengwar in mechanical pencil. Another 2 or 3 hours was spent designing the border, and about the same amount of time inking the script. I filled these in using India ink and Koh-i-noor Rapidograph technical pens (first time I'd ever used those, making for an interesting crash course in inking) and painted the leaves, berries, and illuminated letters using Speedball drawing inks, which took another 2 or 3 hours. The knotwork and border are colored with a Prismacolor metallic gold pencil.Of course, having spent all this effort on this, I was cursed with the standard artist's annoyance of having the vibrant colors lost in the scanning and reducing process, and having to combine 7 separate scans of different sections of the piece to make a full image. Curse small scanners!For those wondering what this says, I refer you to Tolkien, or to this site here.24 in. x 18 in., India ink, drawing ink and colored pencil on paper, December 31, 2002.

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