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.

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.

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.

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. Here the Wizard is seated at his desk contemplating something in one of his many tomes.

Lost in thought, he seems somewhat pensive.

Lost in thought, he seems somewhat pensive.

Lost in thought, he seems somewhat pensive. A couple of candles are about – a huge one sitting in a floor stand and a smaller one in a holder on his desk.

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.

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.

There is also a quill and ink pot on the desk and books abound, both on the desk and in a shelf carved into the cave’s surface.

This is a particularly interesting image as Letitia reveals her mastery at portraiture. His clothes are particularly detailed and really carry the ‘visual weight’ of the piece. The eyes are drawn straight to them and that is quite helpful compositionally, as I’m sure is what the artist had in mind. The deep blues and stars are rich, and the deeper red tunic underneath, upon which rests a medallion on a gold chain, draw the eye in even further. The detailed collar, trimmed in lace, crowns the piece.

 

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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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