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Danny Garrett

About Danny Garrett

Danny Garrett, Digital Restoration Artist for "Princess April Morning-Glory" Danny Garrett is best known for his contributions to music ephemera of Austin, Texas, especially in its heady early days in the 1970s. His pen & ink poster portraiture advertising the latest shows were a must-have addition to any blues-lover who saw such greats as Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, and so many more at the legendary Antones nightclub.As computers came of age, Danny adapted and began working for digital game companies, later transitioning to teaching both traditional and digital art. While holding a tenured position at Auckland University of Technology in the Graphic Arts Dept., Danny developed digital techniques to restore Letitia’s artwork to its full glory, and render the previously unprintable pages, printable. Second only to Letitia, we would not finally be reading copies of Princess April Morning-Glory had Danny not graciously volunteered to take this project on.

The words: Princess April Morning-Glory

Page 58 – and to this day (Artists & Illustrators)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

At the end all is well. Princess April Morning- Glory grew up overnight and spread the doctrine of doing good deeds throughout the world. What better ending to a fairy tale than this? Continue reading

Page 41 – gathered in celebration (Artists & Illustrators)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

We have a major illustration here that takes up a full half page. In it, Princess April stands upon the lip of a flagon filled with wine. Coverless, it stands next to an identical vessel, also filled to the brim with wine. As she stands on the lip, she pours “sand” into the nearest jug.

"By arranging the elements of the image thusly, Letitia deftly directs the eye around the illustration." ~ Danny Garrett, Restoration artist

“By arranging the elements of the image thusly, Letitia deftly directs the eye around the illustration.” ~ Danny Garrett, Restoration artist

The sand, generously given over by the Sandman, was intended for the guests in order to make them fall asleep. This is an interesting image – one well composed. In the center of the picture is an open window into the night; this element anchors the piece dead center. Eclipsing the opening are the two flagons, with April and the sack of sand. The solidness of these four images moves the eye away from the window and the center and brings the gaze in a southwesterly direction. To offset this, Letitia has positioned a coat of arms on the wall and below that, two small cups — with the lower one mostly out of frame. By arranging the elements of the image thusly, Letitia deftly directs the eye around the illustration.

The illuminations, five in number, are arrayed to the right and bottom of the half page of text. The first illuminations is that of the twin jugs, here rendered fully – though one

The next is an image of the wine itself, divorced from the flagons. It is a beautiful little glyph of a glass of wine with ornamental filagree flanking its sides

“The next is an image of the wine itself, divorced from the flagons. It is a beautiful little glyph of a glass of wine with ornamental filigree flanking its sides.”

appears larger than the other. The next is an image of the wine itself, divorced from the flagons. It is a beautiful little glyph of a glass of wine with ornamental filigree flanking its sides. Next we have the one illumination that appears on practically every page – the Princess coronet.. The last two are also familiar illuminations, a key and an image of the tower beneath a waving banner.

The word: Kings

Page 40 – When Princess April returned (Artists & Illustrators)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

In terms of illumination, this is probably the richest visual page in the book. In layout, design and vibrancy of color, it is just remarkable. Continue reading

"While simple and small, I really love this image. The horse is staring straight at the viewer and his pitch-black eyes, while lacking a highlight, seem to stare straight at you." ~ Danny Garrett, restoration artist

Page 39 – To this Princess April Morning-Glory said nothing (Artists & Illustrators)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

Another lovely illustration tops the page. This time it is a shot of Princess April on the back of the beautiful bird as it soars toward the castle of Prince Chivalry. Continue reading

Page 37: "King Thunderdum" The second is King Thunderdum and he gets the proper British regent version of a crown – the Imperial State Crown. Now, that's a crown! ' Thunderdum' also gets a powerful illumination, and the two together are more than impressive..." ~ Danny Garrett, Restoration artist

Page 37 – the song and so enchanted (Artists and Illustrators)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

This week’s page sees Princess April appears along with her coronet as does the blue butterfly with its iconic image. Continue reading

Page 36: Hearts and Flowers - "The two end hearts are red, with the middle one golden, with a equally golden halo. This illuminates the lonely Princess, who '...was as kind as she was beautiful.'" ~ Danny Garrett, restoration artist

Page 36 – At last they came to rest (Artists and Illustrators)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

A beautiful illustration commands half of the page. It is an image of a lonely princess in a high tower that our wayfarers and the mended bird have come upon. Continue reading

Page 35 – kept him warm and fed him certain healing herbs (Artists and Illustrators)

Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

This page is filled with illuminations. In the first paragraph we have only two. The first is a small sketch of herbs, for that same word. Continue reading

Page 33: the words "and laughed"

Page 33 – and licked his face and wagged his tail (Artists & Illustrators Perspective)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

As our Princess does her good deed for the sick boy, the story – and its illuminations continue. Continue reading

Letitia's dog at the time she drew Princess April Morning-Glory, whose name was also April!

Page 29 – had not gone far when they found (Artists & Illustrators’ perspective)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

One of my favorite illustrations in the book is this charming little came of a black and white puppy.

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It is just a beautiful little illustration of Misery at twilight searching the forest and fields for April. Flowers, weeds, stars and a distant landscape combine with Fairy Misery to really set a mood.

Page 28 – One must first do three good deeds (Artists & Illustrator’s perspective)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

This page is rich in illuminations and has one very nice small illustration with a decided horizontal bias. Continue reading

Page 27 – sprinkled with silver stars (Artists & Illustrators perspective)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

The narrative continues and with it the illuminations. Illumination-wise, this page is filled with stars – in four separate arenas all down the page. Continue reading

The cave's walls are made of an indeterminate substance although the group of stalagmites behind the books on his desk suggest that the substance just may be limestone.

Page 25 – Plate V: The Wise Wizard (Artists & Illustrators perspective)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

Here we see the Wizard in his cave. In and of itself this is a classic image of one-point perspective; we see the depth of the image as the cave recedes into the distance. Continue reading

The first illumination is just spectacular. It is of a beautiful castle with stars all about and flowers around its base. It signatures “Fairyland” and with it downward spilling stars takes up more that ¼ the height of the page.

Page 23 – Please wake up wise, old owl… (Artists & Illustrators)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

As the narrative continues we are presented with a beautiful illustration. It is of Princess April with her constant blue companion, the butterfly, in a lovely wooded glen. Continue reading

Page 21, Plate II: The Pussy Cat, a study of white-on-white

Page 21 – Plate IV: Princess April Morning-Glory soon was fast asleep in the pussy-cat’s ear (Artists & Illustrators)

Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

This is my favorite color plate. It is so subtle in the rendering and so soft in the pastel colors and light brush strokes. Continue reading

The final image is also brilliant. It is a small illumination of a cat's ear – April's next sleeping chamber.

Page 19 – as if her heart would surely break (Artists & Illustrators)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

Princess April is all alone in the Great World. The opening illumination, a heart, sort of mitigates this situation and offers forth some graphic hope. Continue reading

Page 18 - the word homes

Page 18 – was hungry, the friendly bees brought her honey (Artists and illustrators perspective)

by Danny Garrett, Austin, TX

As April continues on her journey, we see on this page the text describing the illustration of the previous page – her galloping into the sunshine on her trusty grasshopper mount. Continue reading

Page 17: the word - butterfly: ...a blue butterfly that looks for all the world like a set of staring eyes.

Page 17 – Immediately Princess April realized that she had been tricked (Artists and Illustrators perspective)

by Danny Garrett, Austin, Texas

The plot thickens and the narrative moves forward. To celebrate this fact in a big way, we have a big illustration kicking off this page. Letitia has crafted a nice little profile shot of our heroine on a grasshopper. Continue reading

The only other image of animate life form is the nest with eggs high up in the bough of the tree.

Page 15 – Plate III: the butterfly, the Princess, and the spider (A&I perspective)

by Danny Garrett, Austin, Texas

In this second full-page illustration plate, we glimpse the seminal moment when Princess April is standing between two worlds – that of her safe home, the Enchanted Forest, and the Great World (our world). Continue reading

A bust-shot of the blue butterfly depicting anxiety above the word “moaned”, with rolling eyes and 'hands' to head enhancing the emotion.

Page 14 – great a temptation (A&I Perspective)

by Danny Garrett, Austin, Texas

On this page you get some idea of how Letitia laid out her pattern of illuminations. If you squint at the it, the artwork seems to step forward and you can see that while irregular, the illuminations have a consistent pattern. Continue reading

Page 13 - Great World

Page 13 – Fairy children went to school (A&I perspective)

by Danny Garrett, Austin, Texas

The narrative continues and we arrive at a significant turning point. Princess April is about to leave the protection of the Enchanted Forest and foray out into the ‘real’ world, or as Letitia calls it, the “Great World.” Continue reading

Composition made from Letitia Fairbanks' illuminations on this page introducing Fairy Misery, and associated negative imagery

Page 12 – to whisper among themselves (A&I perspective)

by Danny Garrett, Austin, Texas

Here is the first example of a page where Letitia has the text sharing space equally with a prime illustration. And what Letitia chose to introduce in this highlighted manner is a portrait of Princess April’s nemesis, Fairy Misery. Continue reading

As a teacher though, my favorites are the book and arithmetic slate.

Page 10 – And then Princess April would skip off to Fairy School (A&I perspective)

by Danny Garrett, Austin, Texas

This is a typical ‘body’ page in the narrative. When I was cleaning up the ink bleed-through on Letitia’s pages, these were the easiest of all to fix. Continue reading

Where the image bleeds through from the reverse onto text, the text equally bleeds through, permeating the image with dark lettering

Page 8 – he touched the fairy baby with his magic wand (A&I perspective)

By Danny Garrett, Hollywood, California

This page is typical of the problems I had to work through as I refined Letitia’s art in preparation to publish. Here you can see that the page is filled with ink text and watercolor illustrations, with ample neutral field for both to be displayed upon.

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Enchanted Forest

Page 7 – Once Upon A Time (the A&I’s perspective)

By Danny Garrett, Hollywood, California

And so the story begins. Much illumination on the page, starting with the illuminated initial, the “O” in “Once upon a time…” The term itself is derived from the Latin initialis, or standing at the beginning. When, as in this case, the initial is nested in an ornate space, and with images inside them, they are known as historiated initials. This is exactly what we have here with butterflies, plants – including a grinning countenance, and a custom border. Continue reading

Plate II: Page 6 – Frontispiece: The Finding of the Baby Princess (Artists’ and Illustrators’)

By Danny Garrett, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Bordered by the fine red line that frames not only the plates, but the narrative pages themselves, the first plate reveals itself. Here we see the Fairy Queen discovering the baby Princess April within a vibrant pink tulip. The dandelion, butterfly and ant immediately provide scale for the scene, with another tulip and various plants rounding out the scene. Everything is alive here. Continue reading

Plate I: Title Page – Artists’ and Illustrators’ perspective

By Danny Garrett, Austin, Texas

The first page of “Princess April Morning-Glory” is a proper title page, listing the title of the book and its author, Letitia Fairbanks. This page constitutes the formal opening of the book. Simple and direct, we are invited to explore the book and are introduced to the author’s inspiration for writing it. Continue reading

The Challenge of the Project

By Danny Garrett, Austin, Texas

Although I am mainly an artist/illustrator that creates original art for both fine and commercial art arenas, by virtue of being a freelance operator for many decades I have also developed production art skills as well. And while I’ve worked on many projects that involved traditional approaches to render art fit for printing, I have never faced challenges like those I encountered in preparing for print media the original artwork for Princess April Morning-Glory. Continue reading