The words: Princess April Morning-Glory

Page 58 – and to this day (Artists & Illustrators)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

At the end all is well. Princess April Morning- Glory grew up overnight and spread the doctrine of doing good deeds throughout the world. What better ending to a fairy tale than this?

There is one illustration and two illuminations on this page. Let’s look at the illuminations first. They are simple. They are direct. They are the most numerous illuminations in the book. “Princess” is the coronet. “April” is the flight of birds. “Morning-Glory” is itself.

The words: Princess April Morning-Glory

The words: Princess April Morning-Glory

The illustration is just stunning, and one of the best images in the book. Here Letitia is very generous with her gold leaf and glitter on this page. You can see these applications in her glowing gown, the trim outlining her fairy wings and the tip of her wand. Reproductions are wonderful things, but you simply cannot appreciate this page until you see the original art.

Princess April Morning-Glory - all grown up!

“The composition is spot on, with three golden birds in flight all looking toward April, and bound by the climbing vines of morning-glories. The wings are ethereal in subdued pastel layers. But it is April herself that shines through it all, with a direct gaze at the viewer/reader” ~ Danny Garrett, restoration artist

The composition is spot on, with three golden birds in flight all looking toward April, and bound by the climbing vines of morning-glories. The wings are ethereal in subdued pastel layers. But it is April herself that shines through it all, with a direct gaze at the viewer/reader. And look very closely. If need be, turn to the back cover of the book.

Princess April Morning-Glory is Letitia Fairbanks…

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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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