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Letitia's dog at the time she drew Princess April Morning-Glory, whose name was also April!

Page 29 – had not gone far when they found (Artists & Illustrators’ perspective)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

One of my favorite illustrations in the book is this charming little came of a black and white puppy.

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Page 27 – sprinkled with silver stars (Artists & Illustrators perspective)

by Danny Garrett
Austin, Texas

The narrative continues and with it the illuminations. Illumination-wise, this page is filled with stars – in four separate arenas all down the page. Continue reading

Composition made from Letitia Fairbanks' illuminations on this page introducing Fairy Misery, and associated negative imagery

Page 12 – to whisper among themselves (A&I perspective)

by Danny Garrett, Austin, Texas

Here is the first example of a page where Letitia has the text sharing space equally with a prime illustration. And what Letitia chose to introduce in this highlighted manner is a portrait of Princess April’s nemesis, Fairy Misery. Continue reading

Page 12 - Seeing Eye flag

Page 12 – to whisper among themselves

by Kelley Smoot Garrett, Austin, Texas

The character prominently introduced on this page in immediately recognized by all as the villain of our story, the wicked Fairy Misery. The image is immediately familiar, yet somehow different. Who could the portrait of this devilish Fairy Misery have been inspired by? Continue reading

The word - laughter - with a court jester laughing as the illumination

Page 8 – he touched the fairy baby with his magic wand

By Kelley Smoot Garrett, Hollywood, California

This second page completes the stage-setting that began with the first page, and Letitia illustrating what will become the main motif for Princess April Morning-Glory’s name. Continue reading

Once Upon a Time

Page 7 – Once Upon A Time…

By Kelley Smoot Garrett, Albuquerque, New Mexico

It’s the classic beginning to all fairy tales.

Using hand-lettering, much as monks would have done prior to Gutenberg’s revolutionary, moveable, typesets, Letitia similarly illustrated Princess April Morning-Glory. The principal technique she employed through-out her work, is that of illumination. It’s an ancient technique in manuscript transcription that Wikipedia describes as: Continue reading