I used to paint medieval grotesques when I did calligraphy and illumination. I love them. You’ll see examples that I’ve painted in the past come up my on screenshow.
I’ve called him “Leonard”. (painted in gouache)
I intend to do more …. but in needlepainting. These will be just a bit more approachable than the Archimboldo – I was only joking about that one! ~grin~. Sorry to the people that took me seriously, although Kimerbley Servello’s suggestion in the comments for speckling was lovely.
The two images above from The Luttrell Psalter, 14thC.
Image source and more on the Psalter : http://www.freewebs.com/judyarnoppsmedievalpage/theluttrellpsalter.htm
More images from the Luttrell Psalter (hey, it’s a good source!)….source : http://relishreads.blogspot.com/2011/02/medieval-masterpieces.html
And these last images are from the Giornale Nuovo post entry http://www.spamula.net/blog/2004/08/drolleries.html
“One manuscript in particular features such an abundance of this type of illumination that it has become known as ‘the Book of Drolleries’ (Le Livre des Drôleries)……”
More information and images on Giornale’s post.
I think I’ll have a lot of fun They are great creatures! I’ve certainly never done the design analysis to make a needlepainting from an ordinary image before. It’ll be a new skill to look forward to learning in the future.
Looking at Opus Anglicanum’s (Tanya’s) recent piece (http://opusanglicanum.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/project-day-15/) I’m tempted to think about using trying out the Opus Anglicanum approach as well as needlepainting (long and short stitch).
Has anyone ever designed a needlepainting directly from a picture?