Plate I: Title Page – Artists’ and Illustrators’ perspective

By Danny Garrett, Austin, Texas

The first page of “Princess April Morning-Glory” is a proper title page, listing the title of the book and its author, Letitia Fairbanks. This page constitutes the formal opening of the book. Simple and direct, we are invited to explore the book and are introduced to the author’s inspiration for writing it.

The Title Page has two main principal elements: the first, a vertically-biased rectangle heavily outlined in black and itself outlined with a thin red line; a border motif of morning glories, vines and leaves; the second principal element is heavily-serifed “Old English” calligraphy that imparts the author’s information succinctly. Though somewhat formal, it is nevertheless inviting and heralds a line work motif that is used throughout the unfolding narrative. Notice the especially crisp and tight lettering on the title page, with gold leaf occupying the space between the running floral motif and the heavy border. Very effective in setting a regal tone.

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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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