Celtic Illumination

So I've decided on the theme of my BFA project. I don't quite know how I am going to present it, but I know what I want to do.

I watched the movie "The Secret of Kells" last month, and I LOVED it.  For my BFA, I am going to do Irish or Welsh mythology and tales illustrated in the style of The Book of Kells, and other illuminated celtic manuscripts (Mulling, Dimma, Durrow, etc). I started looking at scans of the pages of these books and I was blown away. I've been becoming increasingly obsessed with them the past week, and have started practicing a lot of the designs in my sketchbook.

Look how beautiful these are:

The Chi Rho page in the Book of Kells

BOOK OF DURROW.  Top: Carpet Page, Bottom: Gospel of Mark

Another from the Book of Durrow

Some more from The Book of Kells

Here's a cool article I just found: http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/Sept09/KellsAngels.html

1 comment:

Sheri said...

It's the Irish in you coming out. The HBLL has a collection of illuminated manuscripts that I'm sure they'd let you see.