by Danny Garrett
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.
Here Letitia composed the image so that almost all of the imagery was in the lower half of the frame. In face, the entire upper left quadrant of the illustration is empty. This sort of composition pulls the eye downward, I think deliberately, to the open balcony on one of the minor towers of the castle.
The image of Chivalry’s castle continues into the illuminations, where while the flags are still scarlet and waving, accompany an image that is bereft of the aforementioned balcony. In addition to the repeated image of the masonry of the keep, we have a fully illuminated “Princess April Morning-Glory” replete with coronet and morning-glories. There is also a hefty crown for Chivalry, as well as a shield with three fleur de-lis on a blue field. The only other illuminations on this page is one of a stand alone tower topped by a scarlet banner.
The other image is a rather stunning one of a white horse. 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. I am also much impressed with the feather crown atop its head. Just an arresting image…