"In the illustration, we have some finely rendered deco imaging... It's almost geometric in the way that the figures are arranged, and the eye is drawn directly to April." ~ Danny Garrett, restoration artist

Page 56 – would dwell in happiness (Artists & Illustrators)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

Here we have a page that is half illustration and half illuminated calligraphy.

Page 56: top half illustration of the Fairy King and his daugher Princess April

“In the illustration, we have some finely rendered deco imaging… It’s almost geometric in the way that the figures are arranged, and the eye is drawn directly to April.” ~ Danny Garrett, restoration artist

In the illustration, we have some finely rendered deco imaging. This is especially apparent in the headboard of April’s bed. However it is also indicative of the way the scene, itself, is laid out. It’s almost geometric in the way that the figures are arranged, and the eye is drawn directly to April. Ironically, pale and in white gown, her presence is like a wisp against the bedclothes.

"In the illustration, we have some finely rendered deco imaging... It's almost geometric in the way that the figures are arranged, and the eye is drawn directly to April." ~ Danny Garrett, restoration artist

“That makes the lightness of the fireflies, the wings and April in her bed stand out so starkly.” ~ Danny Garrett, restoration artist

The illustration itself is boldly presented. Wings frame PAMG – on the left the wings of the Fairy King and on the right those of the Blue Butterfly. The tone of most of the image is decidedly cool, with blues, turquoise and purple. That makes the lightness of the fireflies, the wings and April in her bed stand out so starkly. The striking warmth of the pale vermillion headboard pulls the eye up with its overwhelming visual weight, compared with the other tonal elements in the scene.

The calligraphy and illuminations carry forth at their usual cadence. ‘Princess’ receives its coronet and does ‘King’ its crown, while ‘Fairy’ goes all celestial once again. The ‘magic wand’ receives an illumination as well with a shining star at its tip. Letitia has connected the Fairy King with his magic wand by a graphic device – a shining star. A brilliant bit of visual semiotics. Letitia is remarkable in that way.

Page 56: Fairy King touched his magic wand

“Letitia has connected the Fairy King with his magic wand by a graphic device – a shining star. A brilliant bit of visual semiotics.” ~ Danny Garrett, restoration artist

This is also a remarkable date for this blog entry. Wednesday, December 11, 2013 marks a century since Letitia Fairbanks was born. This is her Centennial. And nothing could be a better birthday present – from her to the world – than this book, Princess April Morning-Glory.

Happy birthday, Letitia.

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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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