"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.

Princess April flies the blue butterfly

Princess April flies the blue butterfly

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.

Words - beautiful Castle

Words – beautiful 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.

"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

“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

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…

 

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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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