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. This consistency enhances the proportionality of text to image, and is surprisingly balanced. The tall trees of the “Forest” enjoy an encore.

Page 14 - the word Forest

Page 14 – the word Forest

At the same time,Princess April’s constant companion, the blue butterfly. reappears with a new dynamic – animation. With the words “…the blue butterfly as he fluttered after her”, we actually see a four-part sequence of such a flight.

At the same time,Princess April's constant companion, the blue butterfly. reappears with a new dynamic – animation. With the words “...the blue butterfly as he fluttered after her”, we actually see a four-part sequence of such a flight.

At the same time,Princess April’s constant companion, the blue butterfly. reappears with a new dynamic – animation. With the words “…the blue butterfly as he fluttered after her”, we actually see a four-part sequence of such a flight.

Only one unique illumination on this page – a bust-shot of the blue butterfly depicting anxiety above the word “moaned”, with rolling eyes and ‘hands’ to head enhancing the emotion.

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

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

A new signature illumination appears as Fairy Misery gets a black star and a red crown over her two-word name.

This debut of her crown also features the black banner – with all-seeing eye – appearing above it. The crown will appear on subsequent pages, but without this banner.

The last illuminations are, once more, of Princess April Morning-Glory. So the illuminated names of both protagonist and antagonist appear together.

 

 

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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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