Page 9 - the word morning

Page 9 – little fairy girl (A&I perspective)

by Danny Garrett, Eukiah, California

This particular page is almost evenly split between an important establishing illustration and the narrative flow of calligraphy and illumination. The two parts work together in interesting ways. What is ‘established’ is that Princess April is now a little girl, thanks in large part to the attentiveness of her nurse. She is now a little person with intelligence and mobility, ready to go out and interact with the world. A butterfly not only shows up to witness the moment, but at the same time reminds us of the scale of April’s world.

Page 9 Princess April with nurse maid

Page 9 Princess April with nurse maid

The hand written narrative continues, and with seven illuminations describes how the nurse prepares her for the day.

Page 9 - the word comb

Page 9 – the word comb

These illuminations range all the way from simple glyphs (the stars), through simple illustrations (the cobweb and comb),

Page 9 - the word morning

Page 9 – the word morning

to sophisticated images of a morning scene and a lovely vignette of roses. It’s almost progressive, and points the way ahead.

Page 9 Roses

Page 9 Roses

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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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