There have not been many doodles in July. This is probably due to the current troll-hunt of a situation (otherwise called a dissertation). However, sometimes things get still enough to paint. This is a view of a little by-way in York.
En hann vaknar við þat, at skipit allt. Han stóð upp ok sá, at tröllkona tók í stafninn ok hristi skipit.
“When he awoke, the entire ship was shaking. He stood up and saw that a troll-woman had grabbed the prow and was shaking the ship.”
— from Ketils saga Hængs (the saga of Ketil Salmon), trans. Ben Waggoner
Today I was looking through back-logs of doodles and I found some that I edited on the shitty scanner. Oh, how I miss that scanner! Here is an example of its magic:
I might have to launch a foray into the lands of the North West to rescue the scanner.
Is it a troll, or is it an ink splodge? Maybe we’ll never know.
I have some concept art to show you, from a top secret project (not that top secret). These are the character sketches for a little book called The Academics, which will be taking shape over the next few months. Each of the characters is taken from the stock of medieval academia, and will feature in an adventure with fairies, ancient artefacts, and leaky ceilings. Take a look – let me know what you think!
Another medieval monster from the realms of marginalia, based on Les grande heures de duc de Berry, Paris, 1409.
Obviously, there were cheerios in the fifteenth century.Drake 🙂
Good morning, my chums!
Today’s doodle is a little bit horrifying. If you have been following my posts for a while, you’ll know that I am a little bit fascinated by monsters, and also by unusually monstrous creatures in medieval manuscripts, the most terrifying of which are snails, or rabbits riding snails. This week it was Alien Day and, following the hype, I went to see Alien on the big screen. Watching that illogically amusing plastic monster scurrying about a spaceship got me thinking about how modern monsters are just as funny as medieval monsters. Therefore, I present to you the ultimate battle of the beasts: Snail versus Alien. Who do you think would win in a fight?
Good Friday 😉
Here is a castle, and some goldfish.
Eat chocolate and prosper.
My apologies – I have not posted in many weeks. I was stuck in a time machine. Hopefully this new doodle makes up for my absence!
This continues my series of interpretations of medieval marginalia. I hope to create a few more, now that I have escaped that pesky time machine.