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. Essentially, this was due to the great amount of “field”, or open areas on the page. It was a simple task to quantify the color of the bleed-through, increase the range a bit in order to cover the differences in saturation on various pages, and then simply substitute the background, or page, color for the bleed-through color and its increased ranges. As you can see there is a lot of open field and such a procedure would typically take care of 70% – 90% of the problem. Where it fell upon illumination/illustration or, rarely, other calligraphy, then surgical remedies were called for.

Page 10 - Fairy School

Page 10 – Fairy School

This page is just chock-full of Letitia’s excellent small illuminations. There is scarcely a line of calligraphy that does not contain one or more of these. I am especially impressed with the rainbow illuminations around April’s name.

"I am especially impressed with the rainbow illuminations around April's name."

“I am especially impressed with the rainbow illuminations around April’s name.”

However, the insects, stars, wand and crowns also further the story in subtle, but informative ways. As a teacher though, my favorites are the book and arithmetic slate.

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

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

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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.

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