This hand-illuminated Silmarillion is an astonishing work of art
Several years ago, German art student Benjaminn Harff set himself the task of hand-illuminating and binding a copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion. More than six months later he was still at it. He explained the process to Tolkien Library’s Pieter Collier:
All the initials, the calligraphic pages and illumination was drawn and painted by hand. I used a steel-pen and indian ink as well as brushes and water colours.
For the metal colours silver, gold and copper I took acrylics, because they are easier to handle than really laid gold and you can also work with water colour on acrylics.
After this all the work had to be digitalized by scanning and fotography, followed by the fitting into the text.
After printing the text at home on a Canon inkjet printer, and then illuminating the pages, he worked with a binder to assemble the individual leaves into a leather-bound book.
Go read the full interview here, because it really is incredible stuff.Posted in Creations, Fans, J.R.R. Tolkien, Other Tolkien books, Silmarillion, Tolkien on November 30, 2014 by Demosthenes
Source: Tolkien Library