The words: Fairy Queen

Page 57 – The next day when the Fairy Queen (Artists & Illustrators)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

Illuminations only here, but they abound.

The words: Fairy Queen

The words: Fairy Queen

We start with the usual illumination of the “Fairy Queen” with its accompanying shining star and crown for a queen. This is followed by an equally usual “Princess” and its accompanying coronet. “Morning-Glory” receives a somewhat rare sprig of morning-glories. The paragraph is brief and the illustrations sparse.

Not so with the next paragraph. First off, “fairies” is dressed up in three sparkling stars, while a single shining star adorns “star”. “Fairy King” gets the same treatment as “Fairy Queen”, only with an imperial crown with arches and monde. Letitia has playfully added rounded points to the crown. Further in the paragraph, “fairies” gets the same treatment as before, only this time the sparking stars are multicolored and spill over the tops of other words.

The words: rainbow and sunbeans

“The paragraph ends with spectacular illuminations of both a rainbow and raying sunbeams. Letitia really had a sense of how words and images should interact.” ~ Danny Garrett, restoration artist

The paragraph ends with spectacular illuminations of both a rainbow and raying sunbeams. Letitia really had a sense of how words and images should interact. She is, of course, taking her cues from voluminous amounts of rich illustrations that go back to the Dark Ages, where even those were inspired by Greco-Roman glyphs. Even those were, in turn, inspired by Egyptian hieroglyphs.

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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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